The school striper bite in the surf has been so good that it looked as if it would last all winter — until the Ocean County water temperature dropped to 40 degrees today.

Jerry Lasko reported that he only caught two bass this morning while Maren Toleno had just one. In the evening it was even tougher as Maren hooked the only striper.

That colder water may have been the reason Capt. Stan Zagleski didn’t find many blackfish where he’s been catching them with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands.  However, a move from that area provided steady action that resulted in several keepers for most fares plus lots of action with 14-14 1/2-inch shorts. Zagleski sails there tomorrow at 7 a.m.

The good weather continues as west winds at a mere 5-10 knots are forecast for the morning before shifting to southwest in the afternoon.


Chuck Many continues to catch and release big stripers off Cape Charles, VirginiaVA bass

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