As good as the surfcasting was Monday morning at Point Pleasant Beach, it was just that bad this morning despite the usually favorable west wind

Yesterday afternoon’s stormy weather drove out the green water and left stained waters with a large swell. It was still possible to get a cast out to what looked like fishable waters, and I soon hooked up. However, the fish wasn’t fighting and I figured it was a skate — which it was. Since it was hooked in the head with the Run-Off silver sand eel jig I assume it made a pass at the lure. The next cast resulted in a similar hit, but the skate came off in the rough wash and I never had another touch.

There were anglers both north and south of me, but I never saw a fish caught before the beach started emptying out. The west winds predicted for the week should knock down the swell and clear the waters. The stripers I caught Monday were round-bellied from all the sand eels in the surf. I even snagged a small sand eel yesterday.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle called Monday’s surfcasting from there to d Island Beach State Park the best of the fall.  Betty & Nick’s had a 24-pound bass weighed in on the 24th by John O’Toole who caught it in Brick.

There were no boat reports today.  The forecast is west 20-25 mph winds in the morning increasing to 25-30 in the afternoon and gusting to 35.

Bob Matthews, at Fisherman;s Den in Belmar Marina, reports the blackfish boats have been doing well when they get out. Winter flounder fishing off the docks is good when the waters are clear. It’s been mostly short stripers in the surf as illustrated by last week’s Shark River Anglers Club Tournament that was won by a 12-pound striper for the Asbury Park Fishing Club over an 8 1/4-pounder for the host club. Five clubs fished from shore for five days and nights to come up with those two keepers.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar has  cancelled their Wednesday striper trip.

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