by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
The weather has been changing. Cooler temps and wetter weather have been the norm. The National Weather Service predicts warmer than normal temps for the next three months. They also predict wetter weather for this fall. Anyway this should definitely stir things up on the fishing front. Everyday more boats are coming out of the water. Only the diehards are still going.
Last Friday was the opening of the awaited blackfish season. Waters were still warm but some fish were caught. More shorts than keepers were caught but enough keepers were taken to keep the interest up. Remember the season runs until December 14 with a four fish limit at 16″. That doesn’t leave too many weekends to get a blackfishing fix.
Locally, at the Greenlawns and Brickyard, some keepers were caught. You were plagued with those 6″ seabass and a few porgies. Most other anglers are chasing bass and bluefish at Gardiner’s Island and Plum Gut. More bass have been caught after dark and more bluefish are caught in the daylight hours. Jigs and bucktails are both working. There are schools of albacore racing around Plum Island.
Locally those alligator-sized bluefish have come into the bay. This will scatter those bunker schools. Try Jessups and South Ferry. Diamond jigs and snapping wire have both worked. Surfcasters are finding fish at Montauk on both sides of the light.