Only rugged anglers need apply for the Thanksgiving blast of cold NW wind from an Artic front pushing through. The morning brings 20-25 knot winds with gusts to 35, and there’s a gale warning for the afternoon when most of us will be dining on turkey in warm homes.

Several party boats had scheduled early Thanksgiving striper trips, but some have cancelled. Ne sure to check with skippers before coming down.

The Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing their holiday trip from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as Capt. Howard Bogan says they’ll be jigging for stripers within three miles of the shore which will reduce the waves.

Just about everyone will be sailing on Black Friday, when the forecast is for 5-10 knot NE winds with gusts to 20.

At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he was finding mostly short stripers until he took a ride with his Sea Hunter that payed off in bigger bass on jigs plus a cod.

Capt. Ron Santee also found mostly shorts early and was hampered by a 3 knot current. He ended up getting bigger bass in deeper waters with jigs bounced off bottom. Those larger bass ran up to 15 pounds and had bunker in their stomachs rather than the sand eels which small bass have been feeding on.

The Golden Eagle from Belmat started finding mized size stripers north of Shark River Inlet and continued following them north all day. They have cancelled their Thanksgiving trip.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant caught bass up to 20 pounds on jigs throughout the day.

Capt. Stan Zagleski of the Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands said blackfishing was slow last weekend, but bounced back Monday. He’s sailing daily at 7 a.m.

Frank Manzi and I started surfcasting this morning at Spring Lake where the surf was flat and there was no sign of fish or bait. A move well to the north was required for Frank to get into short bass at Monmouth Beach on teasers while fishing with Vinny D’Anton who also picked on metal. Jim Louro got a surprise among all the shorts there when he landed a keeper.

Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park weighed a 37-inch, 16.8-pound striper caught on bunker in IBSP by Alex Gelpke. They were getting reports of mostly short bass throughout the day, but not everyone is catching.



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