There’s a stretch of west winds coming up which could well bring the first big breakthrough in Jersey Shore surfcasting as well as knocking down the swell.

Small craft warnings are up through tonight. but west winds of 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 should reduce the 4-6-foot seas and clear waters muddied from the gale.

Arthur Young e-mailed this morning after seeing fish breaking on a beach cam at Manasquan, but Vinny D’Anton reported he fished there without a hit and at other areas where the water was badly discolored and there was no bait. However, gannets were diving everywhere offshore and whales were spotted.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar said he saw a few bass caught in the local surf this morning, and had reports from Dover Township and Sandy Hook. It seemed to be better later in the morning with metal or a Tsunami Sand Eel plus a teaser. He noted that blackfish boats were catching in areas close to shore. The Golden Eagle was limited jigging stripers by 9 a.m.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he wouldn’t have sailed with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands if he knew it would 40, but when the wind dropped off somewhat late in the morning his 12 fares l,imited with both bass over 28 inches and bonus bass. Tomorrow looks fishable, but Wednesday is canceled due to 30 knot winds and cold.

The Golden Eagle is sailing early at 6:30 on Tuesdays. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through November in order to get in on the best striper bite. In addition to limits of legal bass today they released additional slots and some overs to 47 inches. Some big blues were added.

Nick Honachefsky  caught this big bass Saturday while casting poppers with Capt. Brien Keating to lunkers up to 30 pounds breaking under birds. Tactical Angler poppers did the job.

On Nov 16, 2020, at 9:58 AM, Nick Honachefsky

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