Jerry Lasko said very good afternoon surfcasting turned to the best bite of the season as there was a solid line of peanut bunkers all along the shore from Ocean Beach to Seaside Park — and bass of various sizes were tearing into them on the falling tide. Maren Toleno was up to 87 releases when I talked to her, and some were over 30 inches. Jerry said the bass would hit anything, and weren’t put off by the mounting storm. On the other hand, mornings have been dead in the same areas.

Boaters also had a great day, with the Golden Eagle from Belmar reporting an awesome bite which provided boat limits of keeper and bonus bass along with many releases of overs.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands got off to a hot start before 30 boats arrived and put the fish down. It was tough after that for two hours until the tide turned and the trip ended with hot action.

A gale watch is up tonight for south gusts to 35 knots, but by morning the forecast is for calming northwest winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25.

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