by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
The main topic on everyone’s mind continues to be Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. This turned out to be a bad storm. As we know the south shore of Long Island took the brunt. The dunes are gone and the ocean broke through in several locations. In the main scheme of things we did quite well considering. Trees were down and yes, we were in the dark for a few days, but compared to western Long Island we were extremely lucky. Even the boats that chose to ride out the storm in the water faired well. A couple of sailboats broke loose.
Some bad news is that the state postponed the opening of scallop season until November 14. It seemed unprecedented where for many years it always opened on the 3rd Monday in September. But the scallop news is bleak. The large crop of juvenile scallops from last year seemed to have fallen victim to the mahogany tide. For weeks it spread throughout the bays. I think we all have been out prospecting and it does not look good. Several locations have nothing.
With another nor’easter bearing down on us who knows what will happen to the fishing? When it calms down we will see what is left.