February is upon us and we have had a more normal winter as far as weather goes. The skaters had two or three days of pond ice and then it melted. It looks like the extended forecast is for daytime temps in the 30′s, which is normal for this time of the year. We are having light snow almost on a daily basis. We have had some wind and there were some great low tides over the weekend past. Hardy souls were in the waters searching for those clams. The oyster population looks really good for the future. Beachcombing is still good with many finds since superstorm Sandy.
As most fishermen sit by the fire there is a cult of winter fishermen pursuing codfish. It takes a special person to get out of a warm bed in the wee hours of the morning to drown clams in freezing temps. Codfishing continues to be good when the boats can leave the dock. There are a handful of party head boats sailing from Montauk. February is usually a good month for codfish and if the weather gives you a break now is the time to go.
On land we continue to see a good number of foxes. Waterfowl are plentiful as well as seals and it is time to break out the binoculars. The next fishing flea market is set for February 23 in Melville on Rt. 110.