Sorry about the problem with publishing as I’ve found that my last two blogs didn’t go out. That was unfortunate as Jerry Lasko reported a very late blitz of school stripers in the Ocean County surf the last two afternoons. The mornings were duds despite peanut bunkers being present, but there was plenty of bird life in the afternoons with bass in the 24-inch class. Maren Toleno released 14 and Jerry had five this afternoon. Rick Murphy also found a 30-incher among them yesterday. See photo below.

Unfortunately, the water temperature has dropped to 43 degrees — and that fishing may not survive the bad weather coming.

A gale warning is posted from 7 p.m. through late Friday. The morning forecast is for south winds at 25-30 knots with gusts before going southwest at 30-35 plus higher gusts and rain in the afternoon.

Party boats have been having a hard time getting in their offshore giant sea bass trips, but there may be some windows of better weather coming up. The Jamaica from Brielle had limits of sea bass plus many porgies on this week’s trip. Bill Itkin of Tuxedo Park , NY won the pool with a 10-pound pollock that beat a 6-pound sea bass. The Jamaica has spots available on several upcoming trips. Call 732 528-5014 for required reservations.


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