It wasn’t necessary to wait for today’s reports as I’m sure the wind and rain kept everyone home. However, there was a good report from Chuck Many about his Saturday afternoon and evening striper fishing in Raritan Bay as over 30 bass were caught by the crew of Nikki Bowden, Dave Glassberg and Capt. Lou Grazioso (see photo below). There was nothing big, as a 32-incher was the largest, but the action was the first reported on both bunker chunks and cast lures.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported a beautiful Saturday on the ocean with lots of action from dogfish and bergalls though two cod and about 20 ling got through them and into fish bags. That boat will switch to blackfish on April 1.
Small craft warnings are up until 6 p.m. before becoming a gale warning through Monday morning as clearing west winds gust to 40 knots tonight. Monday begins with west winds at 25-30 knots and gusts to 40 — though they diminish to northwest 15-20 with gusts to 25 and drop out overnight.