It’s been a pretty poor surfcasting season along the Jersey Shore so far, but there were some good signs on Wednesday as small stripers started getting active in several places.

The wind came up quickly this morning, and though I saw a few hardy souls casting along the beaches there didn’t seem to be any action in a very rough surf during a raw morning — and it got a lot worse in the afternoon.

I assume all boaters stayed home today. The Big Mohawk from Belmar had planned to try it, but didn’t go. With gale warnings up through Friday afternoon for east winds gusting to 45 knots tonight and west winds gusting to 40 tomorrow, they’ll be waiting until Saturday morning — nd I suspect that so will everyone else.  Thankfully, the forecast for Saturday is just 10-15 west, and down to north at 5-10 on Sunday.

Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, had several reports from Bay Head to Point Pleasant, with one angler catching eight schoolies. The Run-Off silver sand eel metal in 1 1/2 or 2 ounces was the hot lure along with teasers. Bob Correll’s dog Bailey checks out the schoolie he hooked at Bay Head late yesterday afternoon before release.

Bobby's bass

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