Black Friday has become the busiest day of the year for party boats as anglers with 9-5 jobs have a weekday off — but so does almost everyone else. Only those arriving very early can get aboard party boats that sail early, but that might not be the case tomorrow because a gale warning is posted through Saturday morning. West winds of 25 to 35 knots with a chance of morning showers will gust to 35 knots in the afternoon. Some boats are canceling trips, though it should be possible to fish early very close to the Jersey Shore — and that wind is no problem for NJ surfcasters.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had a good striper catch by 10 a.m. on their shortened Thanksgiving trip, but they won’t be sailing tomorrow. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has also canceled for Friday.
Though surfcasting has been tough, Vinny D’Anton got into stripers yesterday afternoon when he found small peanut bunkers inshore in the Spring Lake surf. Bass up to 26 inches hit his MirrOlure.