New York’s blackfish season was closed starting on Monday, and the trip on the party boat Captain Al that day looked for cod for the first time this season, and found some, Capt. Tom Weiss said. A handful of cod, just keeper-sized, were clammed in 50 feet, inshore. That was 1 ½ weeks earlier than last year, and no cod were found until after Christmas last year. Cod typically appear closer to shore at first in winter, and farther from shore as weather becomes colder. The ocean was 40 to 43 degrees where the trip located the cod, and cod fishing usually seems best in about 42- to 44-degree water, or in the low 40s. Lots of herring schooled all up in the shallows, where the cod swam. After cod fishing, the trip pushed farther from shore and hooked some ling. Cod fishing usually peaks for some weeks after the fish first show up in the second half of December or so, and the Captain Al is this site’s closest boat to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily. The trips will fish 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily starting on Friday. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.