by Al “Big Time” Daniels
The weather has been good with what almost feels like a dose of early fall. Cool mornings and mild days have made for some great beach weather. If you have passed by Noyac Bay you have seen those big brown patches. It looks like the brown tide is back. The bay temps continue to be 74 degrees. I guess we will have to wait and see if it affects our scallops. In the meantime clamming has been good with extra low tides on the last moons. Some larger crabs have been taken in saltwater creeks. Reports from Mecox say the crabs are small.
Locally, the mainstay for the bottom fishermen has been the porgies. Mixed sizes from Jessups to Cedar Point have been caught. Larger fish seem to be at Cedar Point with chum working best. A handful of blowfish are mixing in too. The only fluke news seems to be from the ocean.
The snappers have gotten large enough to go in the frying pan. The bluefish news has been at Jessups on the incoming tide with fish in the 1 to 2 pound range. The weakfishing has not been as consistent at Buoy 16. Some days it takes longer to find them. They are still available. The holiday weekend is upon us. It will be interesting to see what the fall fishing brings.