Gale warnings go down at 8 p.m., and light winds are forecast for tomorrow. However, there will still be a big swell and rough conditions at inlets. Check with skippers before coming down. The swell is usually a problem for bottom fishing, and we may not see the end of that this week with Hurricane Florence offshore.
Capt. Vinny Vetere of Katfish Charters at Great Kills will be fishing tomorrow on an open boat basis as the light winds should be fine in protected waters. He cancelled the last two days, but fished Saturday when he had to run to Keyport with the new Pursuit 32 before picking at bass up to 29 pounds in the Hudson River.
The surf is a mess with the current sea conditions. Betty & Nick’s in Seaside Park described it as a dishwasher.
The Relentless from Sea Isle City had a most unusual catch before the storm. They went out for cobia, which have been unusually abundant in South Jersey this summer, but instead ended up in a 30-minute fight with a large barracuda — a real oddity this far north. They also added some fluke, but were driven in by the worst invasion of black flies ever — which won’t be a problem in the NE winds.