Big pre-spawning striped bass are arriving off Cape Charles, Virginia — and will be providing anglers with a prime opportunity to catch a 50-pound bass of a lifetime. The SHO-NUF from that port had Chuck Many aboard today to place a Gray sat tag, and they did so on a 46-inch, 50-pounder. See photo below.

A 46-incher caught in northern waters wouldn’t be even close to a 50-pounder, but that can happen down there with bass stuffed with roe that adds many pounds. The charter boat also boated bass of 34 and 54 pounds.

If you can make a last minute move, the Jamaica from Brielle has three spots open on tonight’s sailing at 10 to fish tomorrow on far offshore wrecks for giant sea bass. Call 732 528-5014 for a reservation.

Easterly winds have made for tough fishing along the Jersey Shore, and a small craft warning continues through tonight. East winds continue at 15-20 knots with five-to-seven-foot seas. There’s a chance of rain in both the morning and afternoon.

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