Surfcasting along the N.J. Shore finally broke open yesterday though I didn’t get the reports before publishing my blog. Jerry Lasko said he got into a mini-blitz on an Ocean County beach yesterday morning as stripers were working on bunkers larger than peanuts and smaller than adults. He caught bass on poppers up to a 34-incher, but many other lures also worked — including a Tsunami Sand Eel. Mike Monte reported walking into an 11 a.m. blitz of schoolies at Brick Beach. Nick Honachefsky went back to the beach in the evening to release 33 from 24-29 inches on a black Bomber — and was into them again this morning. Vinny D’Anton went south to catch schoolies on metal.

Surfcasters actually seemed to find more receptive stripers today than ocean boaters. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported a smaller catch of stripers than yesterday plus some big blues though there were lots of fish on the surface. They will sail early tomorrow at 6. Miss Belmar Princess had a similar report of stripers reluctant to hit, though some keepers over 28 inches were boated.

Small craft warnings are up for southwest gusts to 30 knots this evening, but they drop to 15-20 by morning and diminish in the afternoon.

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