Though there’s still a gale waring in place until 6 p.m. Friday, the forecast after that is as good as it gets in mid-November. Saturday morning starts out with a marginable for boaters west at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 — but diminishing by afternoon to 10-15 knots. It might be better not to be an early bird tomorrow. Sunday starts with a mere 5-10 knots before becoming southeast in the afternoon. It’s back to west on Monday, but at only 10-15 knots.
I doubt if anyone sailed into today’s gale, but it’s likely that the whole fleet will be out there tomorrow and Sunday. There was a hot bite of stripers on jigs in several areas before the storm, and everyone will be looking for that new body of bass again.
.Surfcasters were faced with a huge swell this morning. Vinny D’Anton checked a surfing cam that put the swell at 12 feet. The northwest wind has been knocking that down, but it may take another day for the surf to clear. Casting sure won’t be a problem with the west wind at your back. There was a showing of school bass in the surf from IBSP to Point Pleasant just before the storm. As nasty as Thursday was, Jerry Lasko stayed on the beaches with his buggy from dawn to dusk and managed three bass on diamond jigs — though Maren Toleno had 17 releases that included one close to 28 inches.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported that those who got out early in the NE storm caught short bass on metal and teasers. Betty & Nick’s in that town noted that the best bet just before the storms was yellow — in SP Minnows, Otter Tails, and bucktails.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports skippers of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association had good action trolling stripers up to 48 pounds north of the inlet before the storm. Capt. Ray Lopez of Miss Liane had six to 35 pounds on one trip that included a first striper for Zach Reitmann (13), who’s also a member of the association’s Junior Mate Program.
Those dreaming of the tropics at this time of year may be interested in the third day results of the Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Tournament out of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo in Baja California, Mexico. A noteworthy 203-pound yellowfin tuna was boated by Mike Rasi from California on the Renegade, which also had the day’s largest wahoo at 36.6 pounds. That contest concludes today.
Reader J.R. Aloise sent a note on Word Press that he had a good weekend with stripers of 32 and 34 inches plus a huge blue — but with no details. I can’t seem to get replies out to such messages, and once again urge all to message me at my e-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org., My daughter Cyndi (who also set up this blog) set that e-mail up many years ago with just the “c” for captain. I’ve had it so long that it would be too much trouble to change it. Be sure to include the details with reports such as when, where, and how.
Reader Monday’s prediction ir west at 19-15 knots.