John Bushell Jr. of Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park said yesterday;s gale was worse than predicted and left the surf rough and dirty — but the west winds coming should cure that problem.
Bushell was looking at unfishable conditions this morning, but noted that there were bass caught yesterday morning before conditions got too bad. Indeed, three stripers were weighed in at the shop.
The marine forecast is for west winds at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 in the morning which should reduce the 5-8-foot seas. Some boats may sail due to the favorable direction of the wind, but be sure to check with skippers before coming down. Everything should be in good shape by Thursday — when we’ll find out if the striper concentrations have moved.
As today is Giving Tuesday, it’s appropriate to mention the Jersey Coast Anglers Association. The JCAA has been hit hard by the pandemic as all of their fundraising events and fishing tournaments have had to be canceled. Those able to afford a donation would be making a wise investment in the protection of our marine resources and angling rights by visiting jcaa.org. The IGFA is another very worthy organization seeking donations for its youth fishing and conservation programs which have also suffered due to cancellations of the annual fundraising dinners. 🔚
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