by Al “Big Time” Daniels
January continues to be balmy with some wet weather. Mid-month is here and we have escaped the wrath of winter. There have been a few cold days but we have been lucky. The predictions are that it will be a wet winter and spring.
There are still scallopers working in the bay. A couple of boats can be seen outside of Sag Harbor breakwater on most days. There are even reports of scallops still coming from inside waters too. Cold Spring Harbor and West Neck are still producing. The bay has a good crop of juvenile scallops. They just have to survive until next season.
Clammers are finding hard clams in the bay and inside town waters. Oysters are plentiful. The only dark spot is the scarceness of those soft clams. A few are being caught but you have to work for them.
The mild winter weather has brought out the fishermen. Montauk has been producing codfish and large seabass. Most of the seabass action is coming fifty miles offshore. The cod grounds east of Block Island have been producing codfish up to twenty-five pounds.
There have been quite a few fox sightings as of late. I also had the chance to see a snow owl last week. It’s been a great winter with all the raptors in the area.
Remember there will be a Fishing Flea Market on Super Bowl Sunday. More details next week.