by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
The year 2012 is almost over. Last week was relatively warm. Even though it’s December the weather has been cooperating. The marinas are empty and the boats have been wrapped and stored.
I think we have fallen off the fishing cliff. Just about everyone has finished up the season. There are still blackfish in deep water and now is the time to do some ocean blackfishing. But again you have so few good weather days.
Bass reports have been nonexistent. Even the boats at Montauk using live herring found finding a bite difficult over the weekend past. There are some rumors of a few short fish being caught from the ocean beaches. There are party boats at Montauk that have still been catching porgies, some cod, and those dogfish.
Scalloping is holding up both inside and outside waters. There seems to be scallops spread out on both forks. Commercial scallopers are catching four or five bushels a day. There seems to be a good crop of bugs for next year.
Birders are enjoying a good mix of feathered friends. Winter birds are coming while others are still heading south.