When I checked the marine forecast last night, it appeared that we were in for a period of calm weather. However, everything changed today.
Monday morning looks good with northwest winds at 5 knots, but it shifts to the east in the afternoon — and gets serious by midnight with northeast winds gusting to 25 knots.
The surf was already rough this morning without any significant wind — but due to a big swell. It was barely fishable, and I did get one splash on my popper from a small bass.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar found blues on the surface and had decent jigging for choppers up to 8 pounds. Some Spanish mackerel and fluke were added, and sea bass released. They will be offshore on a tuna trip Monday and Tuesday,
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that the fluke season is winding down this week. It’s your last chance to boat a doormat as Dan Walker from Levittown, Pa. did on a private boat with a 10 1/8-pounder.