There was a lot more wind than forecast today, and that was a problem for boaters seeking sea bass. On the other hand, a south wind is fishable in Raritan Bay where Capt. Vinny Vetere put two anglers into 25 bass up to 25 pounds by casting live bunkers in skinny waters from his Katfish out of Great Kills

The JCAA is kicking off the fluke tournament season with Saturday’s statewide contest that was detailed in last night’s blog. However, there will be one less doormat to be a big winner after this first northern 10-pounder was boated this week

Southern species are spreading into more northerly surf areas. Jeff Bajek caught this 43.25-inch cobia at IBSP before weighing it at 25 pounds in Grumpy’s Tackle, Seaside Park.

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Capt. Ron Santee said he no sooner got offshore with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands than the south wind came on and made for tough fishing. He noted that the most effective lure for sea bass the day before was Gulp Sand Eels. Santee is finishing sea bass fishing before switching to fluke June 20.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar also had to work harder for a decent sea bass and ling catch in the rough ocean.

Small craft warnings went up at 2 p.m. and into Wednesday afternoon. The morning forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 along with possible showers and thunderstorms before gusting to 20 in the afternoon.

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