There’s a little more hope for anglers this weekend in the updated forecast.
Instead of even more northeast on Saturday, there’s a shift to north at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 before switching to northwest 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon. That will set up a nice Sunday with northwest 10-15 knot winds. The very big swells expected look as if they’ll peak at 11 feet after midnight — and drop to 3 to 4 feet on Sunday.
Fishing from shore has still been possible. Vinny D’Anton worked Shark River early this morning when there was little doing, though he managed two mini-bass to break the ice. I tried there later on the incoming and managed one bluefish release while losing another and being encouraged by a couple of blowups on poppers before getting blown off the river as the east wind gusted to over 30 and a drizzle turned to rain.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said blues are being caught in Point Pleasant Canal, and some anglers got into Spanish mackerel in the inlet this morning, He noted that he’s now carrying sand fleas for bait.