Brrr…It’s Springtime?

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I’d like to tell you about all the striped bass that were caught during the first week of striped bass season. I’d like to tell you I’m retiring to become a professional tuna fisherman too. No such luck.I wonder when the last time was when it snowed after the striped bass season had opened in the springtime? Since the season didn’t open till mid-May until about a dozen years ago or so, I think the snow last Wednesday, the second day of the season, was probably a first. And it was just a day after I bragged in this column about how warm it was getting finally! Figures.

Water temperatures in the very low low-40s don’t exactly have the fish storming eastward. There are a few more, from reports I’m hearing, but very few. And still not much in the way of flounder.

Same story, though: more bait showing up, more fish will come with them. I saw a seagull snatch a good-sized silver fish out of the flow from Mecox Bay this week, presumably an alewife heading for Mill Pond.

Eventually, probably in the next week or two, a big body of stripers should show up, and there will be some real fishing to be done on the ocean and bay beaches. The Peconics, historically, should have the first fish, but the surf zone will have its stragglers.

I’m going south to chase tarpon. Y’all catch ’em up. See you when I get back.

Opening Party

Just a reminder, White Water Outfitters and Marine Center is throwing a grand opening party at their new headquarters on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays next week.

The party will be May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new shop at 288 East Montauk Highway.

There will be loads of complimentary food, catered by the Canal Cafe, live music, raffles to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and lots of giveaways—including one of the new bunker-colored SP-Minnows that isn’t on sale publicly yet.

The shop will be offering a lot of product and service specials during the party as well, including half off service on any reels dropped off that day, 20 percent off any custom rods ordered, and free gifts with various other purchases.

There will be fly tying and fly casting demonstrations, surf rod demos with Lamiglass and CTS carbon rods, and representatives from Jetty Ghost, Van Staal, Berkley, Abu Garcia and Yamaha.

Sounds like a great party.

Youth Turkey Season

The two-day youth turkey hunting season is this weekend.

Hunters age 12 to 15 may hunt from sunrise to noon on Saturday and Sunday and must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s a rare opportunity to hunt wild turkeys around here in the spring, when they can be called and decoyed.

Get your young hunter camo’d up and get out there to get your turkey—there’s a lot of big Toms strutting around right now!

Check with Southampton Town or East Hampton Town to see what public lands are open to hunting.

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