There’s a big change in weather coming as a gale warning went up at 5 p.m. and extends to Monday evening. Monday’s forecast is east at 25-30 knots with gusts to 45 and 7-10-foot seas plus rain.
Fortunately, it’s supposed to switch to northwest at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 by Tuesday morning.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar found the big blues again on a calmer day — including one of about 20 pounds. Anglers had all they wanted if they kept jigging. There were also some bonito and sea bass.
Yesterday’s rough ocean forced the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant to fish closer to the beach where tiny blues and bonito were jigged along with weakfish that included a few keepers. Capt. Dave Riback advises anglers to look to Wednesday for the next trip.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had decent Saturday morning fishing for porgies and mostly small sea bass, but also some excitement when a fare cast a swim shad at a passing school of bunkers and hooked a striper before the hook pulled.
Dan Brodzinski tried the surf yesterday morning at Sea Bright and Sandy Hook with no action at all though there were big schools of bunkers offshore. I gave the surf at Manasquan a short try this morning, but there wasn’t much water at dawn — and nothing in the areas that were deep enough. One angler said he had caught a hickory shad.