The bad news is that there is hardly any fishing news as the rain and wind forecast kept most anglers home. The good news is that the east wind dropped out in the afternoon — and Sunday’s forecast is good.
I was among the few who ignored the forecast in order to join Vinny D’Anton and Frank Manzi casting in Shark River. Conditions were fine with clear waters, and a strong outgoing current. There was never more than a mist that didn’t require rain gear, but none of us got so much as a bump.
With a 20-mph east wind churning up the surf, we didn’t even try there — though Jim Louro of Spring Lake did brave the conditions to fish sand fleas briefly without a hit.
It appears that few boats sailed. even in partially protected Raritan Bay. That should all change tomorrow. The weather next week is also looking generally good.
The Jamaica from Brielle should have good drifting conditions on their tilefish trip that sails at 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Capt. Vinny Vetere had a good maiden voyage with his new Pursuit S408 out of Great Kills on Friday. He said it ate up the rough seas that day, and was very stable while fishing due to the expensive Seakeeper Gyro System. Striper trolling was good with his Ho-Jos, but the only really large bass hooked was lost in a tangle at boatside. It was estimated in the 40-pound class.