After some days of modest winds, NY/NJ Bight will be getting blasted the next two days.
The shame of it was that so few anglers showed up at Atlantic Highlands this morning that boats couldn’t get out when the charter boat Little Hawk from that port reported bass on top and hitting lures at 7:40 a.m. in Raritan Bay. The Sea Hunter had a decent bait bite Tuesday morning, before the current died, which produced four keeper bass as well as shorts. They are canceling Friday and Saturday due to strong west winds.
Jerry Lasko said anglers fishing Manasquan Inlet yesterday got into lots of big blues. It wasn’t as good this morning, and some smaller choppers were mixed in. The early bluefish run is surprising since stocks of those fish have been low. Anglers should take advantage of this opportunity as it may not result in the summer bluefishing we used to take for granted.
The west winds will be fine for surfcasters. Small craft warnings are up through Friday morning before changing to a gale warning from Friday afternoon to late night with gusts to 40 knots.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro just got his Hi Flier in the water at Barnegat. and is ready to start chartering with a Sunday noon trip. His son, Capt. Nick, was casting topwater lures in Barnegat Bay this morning along with a friend and catching school stripers that were mostly from 18 to 24 inches, but included some from 24 to 28 inches.
Chuck Many fished eels yesterday afternoon with his Ty Man from Highlands and released seven stripers up to 33 pounds.