Friday is shaping up as the calm before the storm. The marine forecast is for NE at just 5 knots before shifting to SE in the afternoon. Then there are gusts to 25 before the gusts to 40 after midnight. Saturday looks like a total blowout with south winds 30 to 35 knots and gusts to 45. Inshore seas will be up to 13 feet, and even higher offshore. Yet, by Sunday it’s only predicted to be SW 15 with five to eight fot seas — and Sunday Monday looks good with only 10 mph south winds but a chance of rain.
all the northwest winds have dropped water temperatures quite a bi
The Golden Eagle from Belmar once again got into lots of little tunny and bonito, but they were very fussy on jigs. Just a few small blues were caught among them. *Pictured above are anglers on Wednesday’s trip with little tunny.
Nick Honefchesky was shooting a segment for his Saltwater Underground internet program yesterday as Fish Monger got into loads of little tunny off Long Branch that were cooperative. The at night he drove the beaches at Lavallette with Pete Streit as they caught five stripers black Bombers.
All that northwest wind has lowered water temperatures. Vinny D’Anton noted a surfing cam at Belmar was reporting 57.2 degrees. Hopefully, the east winds will bring us stripers and sand eels from the east.
Joe Iandolo of Cedar Grove read about the winter flounder bite at Belmar Marina in this blog and decided to try it this morning. It was tough casting into the NW wind, but everyone was catching 13-14-inch flounder. However, he also got a big surprise when something very different took his clam. The cell phone photo allowed me to identify it as a large porcupine fish. Juveniles of that puffer are often caught in Barnegat Bay in the summer, but this was the first adult I’ve seen north of Florida.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has last minute openings on tomorrow’s sea bass and porgy trip. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.