by Al “Big Time” Daniels
The last week of August and Labor Day weekend is here. The weather has been good for the last week with little wind and rain but plenty of beach weather. The beaches have been crowded as everyone wants to get the last rays of summer. This year produced a pretty good beach plum crop. More bay clamming with good results have been reported. There are still some brown streaks in Noyac Bay.
Anglers big and small are excited about the snappers! They tend to be aggressive and chase bait and lures. Your best bet is to look around the local docks and creeks. Cocktail sized bluefish are at Jessups, you will see birds and bait at this location and anything silver seems to work. Larger bluefish are at Plum Gut and the Race. Fluke fishing consists of mostly shorts. There have been some larger fish taken in the ocean, both at Montauk and at Shinnecock.
Bass fishing should get better with the coming moon. Nighttime tides and live eels should work at Plum Gut and the Race. There are still weakfish in Noyac Bay of mixed sizes. Hi/lo squid is working in the early morning. There is a mixed bag bottom fishing, but porgies are showing with some bigger fish to come this week. A few blowfish and kingfish are also mixing in. Everywhere you drop a line there are a ton of 6″ seabass. It looks good for the future.