The recent rough ocean has impacted both party boat fishing and surfcasting, but a shift to northwest winds tomorrow may briefly improve conditions.

Small craft warnings are up through tonight, but by morning it should be a calming 10-15 knot northwest with gusts to 25. That will be perfect for surfcasting, and boaters will be able to seek stripers and blackfish close to shore. Favorable conditions won’t last long as there’s a switch back to the east the next day.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar will seek stripers at 7:30, and the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant will make its last trip of the season tomorrow.

Jerry Lasko reports surf conditions at Ocean County beaches have been so poor that no one has been fishing. The wind switch may help, especially if sand eels and herring begin to provide forage.

Big bass have been heading south, but Chris Lido got into this release last week.

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