We finally got a break in the weather today, and many boats went to sea this morning. Surprisingly, there were few reports.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported seeing many stripers swimming around bunker schools though only a few large bass were caught/. Hopefully those bass will turn on during the SW 5-10 knot weather forecast predicted for Monday before the switch to SE up to 25 knots after midnight.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc thought the hot action we had last year at this time was about to break open this morning when working birds were spotted. However, the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands only got into some shorts with a few keepers mixed in before everything went quiet.
Nick Honachefsky held his 21st annual Fishing Fiesta on the beach at Lavallette from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. and had the nest surf report I got as 24 anglers caught six stripers up to a 29-incher. Four were on white shads and two on bunker. Two other fish were lost, and there were seven other bumps on the shads.
Vinny D’Anton had all negative reports from the many surfcasters who keep in touch with him
I couldn’t give away a sandworm in Point Pleasant Canal early this morning, and assumed the blackfish mist have been turned off by cold water from Barnegat Bay after that very cold night. I returned later in the morning toward the end of the flood when the water temperature had to be up with the 58 degree waters from the ocean. Sure enough, there were some bites and I released four up to 14 inches. Still not good, but a huge difference from the morning.