Some surfcasters got lucky today as the northeast winds held off and the surf was generally fishable. — though that’s not likely to be the case in the gale force winds predicted for Sunday.

Jim Louro said he caught three stripers before daylight at Belmar, and Frank Manzi got one. The action died at slack water, but Manzi kept at it and eventually beached his largest bass of the fall — a 30-incher. Vinny D’Anton got there in time to catch a bass on a 6-inch Tsunami Eel.

Jerry Lasko put in a full day at Island Beach State Park and caught three stripers casting metal, while Maren Toleno released 13.

The fishing conditions were good in those areas with outer bars to break the swell, but Point Pleasant Beach didn’t look good with a big swell breaking on the beach. The northwest winds following the northeast blow should set the surf up for mid-week fishing.

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