by Al “Big Time” Daniels
What a difference a week made! Yes, it is the third week of January of a mild winter, but all of a sudden we are in an Arctic cold spell. The coldest weather of the past two years is upon us. Temps are in the single digits, with wind chills making it even colder. This week will be a cold one but the long range forecast is for moderating temps next week. That being said, February is around the corner.
Now we can talk about how nice last weekend turned out to be. We had some wind but that made for some great tides. Quite a few folks were in the water clamming. I went out both days with good results. Mixed sizes of hard clams were plentiful. Some oysters were also caught again but very few soft clams.
Folks were also walking the beaches, both ocean and bays. Again this week many foxes were roaming the neighborhoods. Seals are around in good numbers with a lot of sea ducks. The wind has been a problem but winter fishing continues. Good numbers of codfish and seabass are being caught. There have been some dogfish around causing the usual problems. Better weather will bring better fishing. This week is also the January (wolf) full moon.