Even though the wind was blowing Thursday, the Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported the westerly direction made for a nice ocean with blackfish still chewing inshore. “Howard” caught his limit out of 11 keepers plus a dozen shorts.

Small craft warnings are up to late tonight, but go to a gale watch Saturday with northwest winds of 20-25 knots with gusts up to 35.

Chuck Many has been releasing trophy stripers all winter while running his Ty Man out of Cape Charles, Virginia, but has been in port for some time waiting for the winds to relent. He posted the following advice: · “While I am sitting at the dock waiting for the wind to stop blowing, thought I would answer a question people have been asking: what are my Go To Striper setups? Trinidad 30a & 20a reels or Torium 20 or 30 HG reels, Shimano Teramar XX Northeast rods, G-Loomis IMX Pro Blue rods, and Teramar Inshore Rods. I spool with 40 or 50 pound braid or 30 pound mono depending on the application. Hope that helps!!”

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