by Al “Big Time” Daniels
We finally got a taste of warm weather. With air temps in the 70s it brought out the shorts and convertibles. It is going to cool off again but the temps are supposed to be in the 50′s. We do need some rain as it is dry. Those sunny days will also help warm the bay waters.
There is plenty of bait in the bays and the squid should be right behind. The commercial trap fishermen have been putting their stakes in. As soon as their nets go on it will tell what’s moving in the bay.
I still haven’t received any early season flounder news. I only know of a couple of anglers who have tried with no results. There are reports of fish being caught from western Long Island. Closer to New York City the first bass reports are starting to filter in. We need some warmer water before things happen around here.
Boats are still working on the codfish south of Block Island. Fishing seems to go as the wind goes. Some larger fish have been taken up to 40 pounds with an occasional pollack and ling. The boats have started to catch haddock up north with some codfish. The next two or three weeks should be good haddock fishing up there. Remember the striped bass season opens on April 15.
I had another report of a bald eagle sighting and more vultures are riding the air currents over the Hamptons. There are still seals in the area and shorebirds can be seen on the flats.