Today’s west gale put a big crimp in fishing. but it’s supposed to blow itself down to a moderate wind by tomorrow. The forecast for Sunday morning is NW 10-15, but with gusts to 25 knots. That’s similar to last Sunday, though the direction is better than the north direction last Sunday when a huge fleet encountered a choppy dry northeaster at dawn. With a NW wind it should still be fishable within a mile of the beach — and should calm down during the day.
The Jamaica from Brielle is running their offshore wreck trip for jumbo sea bass, but will be leaving later at 1 a.m. There’s room on that trip at $180. Call 732 528-5014.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro is also going with his Hi Flier from Barnegat, but he’ll be hugging the protecting shoreline in the search for stripers. This is the last November open trip hat boat. Reservations for the 6 a.m. trip can be made by calling 732 330-5674.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar may have been the only boat that sailed today, and they managed to snag some bunkers and catch two bass despite winds to over 40 knots and a two knot drift that took them right away from the readings. The Big Mohawk from Belmar is sailing at 5:30 in the morning, but warns patrons they must have a spinning rod, Crocs, and a weighted treble hook to get on the boat.
There were no reports from the surf, though quite a few anglers were trying. I went right to Point Pleasant Canal this morning and released six small tog on sandworms before the wind got too bad. When I returned for the noon slack it was all I could due to keep from being blown down as the tide switched to outgoing and was glad to settle for a 12-inch tog before retreating. Another angler told me that he’d tried to fish for flounder at Belmar, but that there were waves in that protected area.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park weighed in a Friday catch of a 34-inch, 15.75-pound bass caught in the surf on a bunker chunk by Chris Flood.