by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
This week we had a bout of harsh weather overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. It could have been much worse. You can definitely see signs of fall. The bay water temps have dropped five degrees, the monarch butterflies are making their annual trek across Long Island, and birds are assembling in large flocks. We have had some great weather of late.
Fishing has been holding up with a mixed bag fishery in the bay. Bottom fishermen are still enjoying a good run of porgies. The sizes are getting bigger. Last week Cedar Point had some nice fish. There are a large number of annoying 6″ seabass but it looks promising for the future. Blowfish and kingfish are also taking porgy baits. The occasional triggerfish can be found in the bay.
Snappers are approaching 10″ and chasing lures and bait. There are rumors of larger bluefish at Jessups. Large bunker schools are still in Noyac Bay. Gardiner’s and Plum Gut have some large bluefish being caught on bucktails and jigs. Bass are biting in the dark with a few fish in the daylight. Locally a showing of small bass are at the larger creeks. Fishing should be better with the coming of the September moon. Weakfish are quiet and this last blow may have seen them packing. The clarity of the water is getting better and there are a good number of blue crabs in the local creeks.
The LCPL Jordan Haerter 3rd Annual Memorial Fishing Tournament is this Saturday, September 22 at Long Wharf. Fishing is from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m. with festivities afterwards.