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Orange Catfish

Posted on 28 June 2013

by Al “Big Time” Daniels

We have waited for summer and we got a blast of hot humid weather this week. Temps in the 90′s showed up as the first days of summer came. Bay water temps were 70 degrees plus and the beach became a popular spot. You know as the water temps rise the fishing is going to suffer.

I had a conversation with a new resident to Sag Harbor this week. She lives on the bay and has a dock. During the conversation she told me that when she goes out on the dock she always sees these orange catfish. Being from the south she has renamed our large sea robins the orange catfish! For those of you who have been out bottom fishing, we all know there are plenty of orange catfish.

Fluke locally have been so-so with a few keepers mixed in with the shorts. Cedar Lane has been the spot. Better fluke fishing is at the Ruins. Porgies are scattered with mixed sizes showing up. Late last week there were still striped bass in the ferry slip with some jumbo bluefish in the mix. There were also shorts in the mix.

Casters were catching some bass at Mecox. Bluefish have been at Jessups and are taking jigs. Weakfish are at Buoy 16 with mixed sizes. Some fish are 10″ and some are 24″. They should settle in to a summertime pattern soon. And for those of you who haven’t tired of them, the orange catfish are good table fare.

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