National Fisherman

Peconic Bay scallops are here, and opening day’s take ranged from “optimistic at best” for some baymen to “more solid than ever” for others.
Heading out into state and town waters on a windy opening morning, baymen were greeted by the East End’s first extended freeze of the season, with wind blowing temperatures in the low 30s as they searched for scallops.
Nathan Andruski, president of the Southold Town Bayman’s Association, said he was able to catch the 10 bushel state commercial limit, although it took him longer than he had anticipated.
He said high winds impacted his ability to shellfish, forcing him to choose a different location than he had originally planned.
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