by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
It finally feels and looks like spring. The grass is growing and the trees are all budding out. Bay temps are approaching the high 40s and the boats are going in the water. Marinas are busily working on their boats.
The striped bass season opened on April 15. It has been quiet locally but fish reports are coming from western Long Island and New Jersey. Of course the Hudson River is already giving up keeper-sized fish. I did receive a flounder report that one angler found a couple of keeper-sized flounders locally. Again, better flounder reports are coming from western Long Island. There are also reports of bunkers and alewives in the Bay and even an early weakfish or two. However it still looks like the beginning of May will be when it happens.
Codfish numbers have slowed but there are still fish south and east of Block Island. The codfish season opened in Maine on April 16. Those anglers are catching early season haddock and codfish. There are also some reports of a few surf-caught short striped bass.
Good tides meant clams were on the agenda over the weekend past. I have found very few sandworms this spring season. I have noticed there are many cormorants in the Bay and also some gannets. Migrating shore birds can be seen on the flats at low tide. Freshwater reports have been quiet.