It’s been a long time coming, but it appears that the northwest gale has started a striper feeding frenzy in the N.J. surf.

Vinny D’Anton reports he got into them this morning at Sea Girt, but there were other groups of surfcasters doing the same thing at nearby beaches. Vinny and Frank Manzi har good-sized schoolies up to 28 inches. Vinny was using a MirrOlure, but other lures were also working.

Nick Kolodiy of Brick checked Bay Head in the morning and saw bird action well out of casting range, but went back in the afternoon and was able to reach bass up to a 28-incher with a shad lure. The howling west wind made long casts possible.

That wind kept most boaters at home, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported very good fishing for stripers and big blues on the Thanksgiving trip — and will be back out there in the morning.

The gale warning continues to the morning with northwest winds of 20-25 knots and gusts to 35. However, the Big Mohawk from Belmar plans to run a blackfish trip as they will be tucked in close to shore where there’s a lee and the Thanksgiving trip produced some tog limits on both rigs and jigs. Whitelegger crabs worked best.

Sunday’s weather looks best with west winds of only 10 knots.

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