by Al “Big Time” Daniels
February continues to take us on a roller coaster ride in the weather department. We have had some brutal low temps and then it’s 40 degrees. When you throw in some snow, rain, and wind, it has made it a challenge. But February’s end is in sight and we will have to wait and see for March.
Ponds froze up and even the salt creeks iced over and then they were open again. The strong winds from the west have made for some good low tides. Clams are still plentiful and should be nosing soon. Still no soft clams were had this winter and this is the second year in a row. The bumper crop of oysters have offset the lack of soft clams.
Again the codfishing has been related to the weather. Fish seem to be willing to bite if the boats can get to the grounds. Mixing in with the codfish are some pollock and ling. The seabass season closes at the end of the month. For you birders the waterfowl are sporting some beautiful plumage. The bay is full of diving ducks. I received a call on Valentine’s Day that someone had spotted the first osprey of the season. It is hard to believe in this weather! Keep your eyes peeled for more.
This Saturday, February 23, there is a Fishing Flea Market on Route 110 at the Camelot Hall, 585 Broadhollow Road. The show is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is a good chance to get some fishing tackle for the upcoming season.