Though the hot surfcasting may be over, there’s still some smaller stripers in the NJ surf with enough sand eels to hold them until water temperatures plunge.

Mike Monte had loons picking on sand eels in front of him this morning in the Monmouth County surf. He released a couple of bass in the 24-25-inch class and lost another while casting the 6-inch Tsunami Sand Eel into perfect surf conditions.

Jerry Lasko said there was no life in the Ocean County surf this morning, but he and Maren Toleno released a few in the 24-inch class in the afternoon. Herring were spotted shining in the surf at dusk, though the bite shut off at dark.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar wrapped up its striper season, but has room on its Dec. 20 offshore sea bass trip.

Small craft warnings are up from 7:30 p.m. to Monday morning. The forecast is for west winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 in the morning

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