We have been waiting patiently for winter to leave but it is still here. Below freezing temps again this week were accompanied by plenty of wind. It’s been discouraging to think about working on the boats. Let’s face it, April is here and striped bass season opens the 15. I have heard of only one angler trying for flounder. Water temps are in the low 40′s and there were no bites. Further west a handful of flounder were caught. Warmer weather will get the fish motivated.
Bunkers and alewives are in the bay and there is even a rumor of a striped bass being caught at Three Mile Harbor. There are also rumors of school-sized striped bass being caught below the 105 Bridge. Codfishing continues south of Block Island when weather permits. Some larger fish have been mixing in too. Ling are mixed in and soon the ocean flounder may be moving. The first reports from up north are good with codfish showing up but the season doesn’t open until April 16.
Most of the geese and diving ducks have gone and plenty of cormorants have shown up. Large flocks are fishing at Mecox and Sagg Ponds. Osprey are abundant and most are fishing in freshwater. The fishing show at the Patchogue Athletic Center last Saturday was well attended and plenty of fishing tackle was available. Let’s hope for some warm weather. Think spring!