Weather conditions will be back in our favor tomorrow, after today’s gale and striped bass will be the prime target with schoolies joining the great run of big bass boaters have been enjoying — such as the average one, shown below, that I released Wednesday after casting a 6.5-inch Tsunami Deep Shad while fishing with Capt. Erwin Heinrich (right) on his Scales N Tales out of Twin Lights Marina in Highlands,

Though the gale warning for west winds up to 40 knots is in effect through Tuesday morning, that wind is expected to diminish to 5-10 knots after midnight. Party boats should be sailing, and looking for the hot striper action they all left on the weekend.

There have also been some better surf reports. Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno got into some 28-30-inch bass yesterday on an Ocean County beach, and Maren caught two more this morning despite the wind. SP Minnows and needlefish did the job. Bob Correll didn’t see anything caught this morning at Bay Head, but he observed a whale blasting into bunker schools not too far offshore.

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