As noted yesterday, it didn’t look good for today — and that is exactly what happened. If staying home with nothing in particular to do is rarely good, but this had to be that day as rain and wind rattled the windows.  Unfortunately, there’s not much light on the horizon.

Small craft warnings remain up through Tuesday afternoon. Though north winds are predicted to drop to 10-15 knots by the morning, there will still be gusts to 20.  There is another temporary drop to 5-10 knots in the afternoon, but rain arrives again after midnight  — and Wednesday doesn’t look good.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty about when and how we can fish. One blogger reported his marina is closed for retail operations, but open for repairs — and is launching boats.

The Tackle Box in Hazlet had to close due to the governor’s order, but Phil Sciortino will be delivering  bait and tackle to doorsteps or other designated spots if you prepay by credit card or Pay Pal. He’s having bloodworms being overnighted from Maine, and there are plenty of stripers awaiting them in Raritan Bay. Call him at 732 264-7711.

Phil Fischer reported he was releasing school stripers in Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers on Saturday. Tom O’Connor tried his local South Amboy beach that morning, but only released two bass of 14 and 26 inches.  He moved to the Belmar docks in the afternoon where he caught only a 9-inch winter flounder and a sun dial.

Yet another meeting will be impacted by the pandemic. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management will be turned into a webinar event from April 7-8.


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