Al “Big Time” Daniels: Waiting for the Fish


It’s almost mid October and the weather continues to be mild. Some days mid 70s and sun have almost seemed like summer. There are some beachgoers trying to get those last warm sunrays. Water temps continue in the high 60’s. There definitely is less of a fishing effort with some boats already on blocks and under their winter covers. The bay still has plenty of bait and we are waiting for the fish. Those large bluefish should show up soon.

Meanwhile snappers are still around and chasing tins or snapper poppers. Porgies are still pleasing the bait fishermen. Mixed sizes range throughout the bay with larger fish to the east. The reports from the opening of blackfish season were quite good. Keepers and limits were caught and of course this has been a shallow water deal. Deeper water fishermen were plagued with large numbers of porgies. The cooling waters should help this fishery as the fall goes by.

There are also reports of some fish being caught along the ocean front. The ocean has plenty of sand eels with tins with tubes doing the trick. Some days there are birds and fish around Montauk Point, so that fall fishery has started.

More scoters are in the bay and there continues to be foxes on the prowl. There are rumors of Wile E. Coyote roaming the east end. And an eagle this week was spotted at Clam Island.



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