By Al “Big Time” Daniels
The weather is definitely changing. Winter is in the air as the temps are dropping and we are having plenty of wind. Most of the boats have been pulled and covered for their winter hibernation.
The wind hampered the scalloping effort with only a few boats out everyday. Scalloping has not been as good as everyone predicted. But the good news is that there seems to be a good number of bugs (young scallops) for next year.
There continues to be good striped bass fishing in the surf. One of the hot spots has been at Georgica but there are fish both east and west. They seem to be feeding on sand eels. Metal diamond jigs with tubes seem to be the best choice. Blackfishing is still good if the weather cooperates. Fish are moving to deeper waters and Plum and Fishers islands are good places to start. Blackfish and seabass have been good options on the bottom fishing front. Some codfish should start to show.
Interesting things are happening on the birdwatching front. I have received a lot of calls about eagle sightings. One caller saw three adult bald eagles at the same location. I have seen an immature bald eagle four times in the last week from Long Beach to Clam Island. Waterfowl numbers are up too.