Today was no bargain, but the rest of the week looks much worse for most fishing.
The forecast for Monday is south winds at 15 knots with gusts to 25 plus showers in the afternoon. Small craft warnings are up into Tuesday — and then it gets worse with gusty northeast winds through the week.
Capt. Ron Santee said it was rough for anglers on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, and unlike Saturday it didn’t get any better when the tide turned. Porgy fishing was poor, and he doesn’t expect to be able to get out again for days to come.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw bluefish breaking today, but very few would hit jigs. Some porgies and a little tunny were caught along with sea bass that aren’t legal until Oct. 8.
Surf conditions weren’t good this morning, but I tried my local Monmouth County beach anyway. I raised a very small blue that swatted a Chug Bug, and later got a better hit in the white water that was a 23 1/2-inch striper. That was it, and I was satisfied with one bass under the circumstances.