The gale didn’t seem to make a bit of difference to the fall NJ striper run. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported limiting out on keepers while releasing some bass too big to keep. The best action was, as usual, right away as they arrived from their 6:30 a.m. departure.

At Atlantic Highlands, I didn’t see the Fishermen’s report from yesterday when they fished in cold, windy conditions for a super bite. The Tagged Fish from Highlands was also in on that hot bite.

The Sea Hunter sailed into a mass of feeding birds today and was limited on slots during the first drift. There weren’t as many 28-inch bass today, but they ended up with 14 of the bigger fish in the boat. They’ll be on that all-day bite in the morning, but the Saturday trip has already been canceled.

Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported striper action in the surf this morning with a 9-pounder weighed in. A report from South Seaside Park was of multiple very late 6-pound bluefish being caught. There was also a report of a 28-inch fluke caught on a teaser at sun-up.

Friday’s forecast is for west winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. There’s a chance of rain in the afternoon before the switch to northeast at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 on Saturday.

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