Strong NW winds have – been a big problem for boaters fishing more than a few miles from shore along the NJ coast, but that shouldn’t be a problem over the weekend. The Golden Eagle from Belmar cancelled today’s trip due to the wind forecast, but will be back out for bluefish in the morning.
After days of NW, the surf is flat, which is fine for the small blues and bonito that came in at times during the day, but not good for stripers that don’t hit well when there’s no white water.
Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno have been having a lot of fun catching the pound-size fish on Stingsildas at Seaside in the afternoon, The same thing is going on at various times of the day in many areas. Just look for birds dipping and schools of rainfish.
Big stripers are another story. Capt. Chris Di Stefano was out Sunday on the Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club as they ran all the way to Debs Inlet where there had been a trolling bite the day before. However, it was dead there on Sunday and they had to come back to the Red Church to troll a 36-pounder on a shad rig in order to break the ice, With water temperatures finally dropping a bit we may be seeing some of the migratory bass in the near future.
Jerry Lasko and Maren Tolena