Trips picked a few cod, keepers and shorts, the past few days on the party boat Captain Al, and the angling was about the same as before, Capt. Tom Weiss said. None of the fish was any size, but cod bit, and by this time of year, sometimes the fish school out of range because of cold water. But the ocean was 40 or 40.5 degrees on the fishing grounds, warmer than usual. Cod seemed to have no reason to depart. The cod were found in 80 feet of water or shallower, and that’s shallower than usual. Cod usually swim deeper by this time in winter, escaping colder water close to shore. A few conger eels bit, but no dogfish did. A few blackfish, out-of-season in New York, hit and were released. Baitfish were marked, including quite a few on Monday. They might’ve been bunker, because if they were herring, herring probably would’ve been hooked on the trips. All the cod were caught on clams. Sometimes cod can be jigged if baitfish like herring are around that jigs can imitate. The boat is this website’s only that targets cod in winter. If cod are in, trips exclusively fish for them. Otherwise, the boat fishes wrecks for cod, pollock and ling or whatever will bite. Trips are sailing 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.