by Al “Big Time” Daniels
The last storm was just a little rain and wind. It seems like spring is finally in the air. The first alewives are here making their run to freshwater and I have heard my first few peepers. Believe me it doesn’t feel like spring but as the temps climb into the 50′s it will. I picked my first bunch of daffodils with plenty more to come. Don’t be lulled to sleep by this cold weather as April is around the corner.
April 1st is the opening of the flounder season. It has been a long time since we have seen any flounders but I guess we could be optimistic. There are rumors of stripers being caught in New Jersey, the Hudson, and Long Island Sound. Some warm weather and we should see a little local action. Codfishing was a little picky this week past with some good days mingled in with the slow ones. It may continue for two or three more weeks. There are some dogfish, but for the most part it was a good winter. For those freshwater anglers, there is little action on perch and pickerel. Locally the white perch should start biting.
Clamming has been tough with the current weather. The full moon will bring higher tides. I have been getting plenty of reports on vulture sightings in the Sag Harbor area. It seems a large number of osprey have arrived. Most are fishing in freshwater.
It is time to get the covers off of our boats and get started! The Patchogue Fishing Flea Market is this Saturday, March 30 at St. Joseph’s College Athletic Center at 155 West Roe Blvd. in Patchogue. It is a good time to grab some tackle for the upcoming season.