Summer has officially left us and we are now in the fall mode. I think the air temps know it is fall. Low 40′s at night and 70′s during the day seem perfect. The bay temps are 68 degrees and dropping. The brown tide looks a little better this week. We will not know the collateral damage until scallop season.
I haul-seined at Long Beach with the Sag Harbor Cub Scouts last week. We caught plenty of shiners, kingfish, snappers, crabs and a nice needlefish. Snappers are still plentiful and large in size. Snapper poppers are working well. Bluefish are still at Jessups only on the incoming tide. Porgies range throughout the bay with mixed sizes to two pounds. The odd blowfish are also mixing in. There are plenty of short seabass in the bay and a few kingfish too.
We had good fishing last week on the moon. Large bass were caught, but only a handful of bluefish. No bass news locally as of yet. There are still a lot of bunkers in the bay. Daytime finds jumbo bluefish at Plum Gut. Fluke season ends this weekend just in time to get ready to jump into blackfishing. Initial reports point to a good blackfish season. Fish are starting at Montauk most days around the Point.