With and eels finally settling in off Ocean County beaches, striped bass have a steady source of forage to keep them round well into December, though these are the small bass that usually signal the end of the season if water temperatures drop suddenly.

Jerry Lasko said there was a pick along Ocean County beaches this morning even though the bird action remained beyond casting distance where party boats were jigging. A return in the afternoon provided another pick as Maren Toleno released a dozen and Jerry added two. Surprisingly, anglers were often casting into working birds without getting hits.

Vinny D’Anton ended up in Brick late in the morning as he broke the ice with one bass and had another hit. He saw the party bots, but as of yet I haven’t received any reports from them.

Mike Monte stuck with the Monmouth County beaches and did nothing there in the morning though the sea was down enough to permit decent casting conditions.

A gale watch is up from tonight through Friday afternoon. Thursday starts with east winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25. Rain is likely in the afternoon.

Capt. Clinton Lessard sent the following report of yesterday’s trophy bass tagging on his SHO-NUF from Cape Charles, Virginia:

SHO-NUF Sportfishing / Charters

23h  · 

What started off as a rough miserable NW wind ended up beautiful. Changed it up a bit and fished a different area with high hopes. Well it payed off as we went 3/3 today. They were all safely tagged and released with Gray FishTag Research. Biggest today was 56lbs. The other two were 47lb ,and 48lb. As I always say, we go out in hopes to catch that one, and anything else is a bonus. We have availability early January. Give us a call 757-710-0098.

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A gale watch is up from this evening to Friday afternoon. The forecast for tomorrow is for east winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 and afternoon rain.

Capt. Clinton Lassiter sent the following report about big bass action yesterday on his Cape Charles, Va. charter boat:

SHO-NUF Sportfishing / Charters 

What started off as a rough miserable NW wind ended up beautiful. Changed it up a bit and fished a different area with high hopes. Well it payed off as we went 3/3 today. They were all safely tagged and released with Gray FishTag Research. Biggest today was 56lbs. The other two were 47lb ,and 48lb. As I always say, we go out in hopes to catch that one, and anything else is a bonus. We have availability early January. Give us a call 757-710-00

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