by Al “Big Time” Daniels
We are seeing a few more mild days but winter still lingers with a couple of frosty mornings. Because last year’s spring was so warm we are expecting the same. This seems more like a typical Long Island spring. Water temps are definitely warming up and the fish are starting to show up.
Trap fishermen are seeing the first fluke, weakfish, striped bass and squid. They have been catching bunkers and alewives. Large shiners are in the bay.
Fluke season opened on May 1 and the boats have caught fish in the ocean at Shinnecock and Montauk. There will be fish in the bay but we will see if they bite or not. A few striped bass have been caught both at the local creeks and in the ocean. There are even reports of a couple of keepers. Further west the bass and flounder fishing has been good.
Local squid reports have been quiet. Montauk usually has squid by now. Warm weather is the main ingredient for the season to start. Flounder reports have been quiet with few participants. There are still plenty of seals locally. The diving ducks have left for the northern breeding grounds. I received a call from a local birder that they observed a snowy owl at Sagg.