For most striper anglers a 50-pounder is the bass of a lifetime, but at Cape Charles, Virginia during the winter the only hit of a day’s trolling may as likely be such a rarity as a “mere” 30-or-40-pounder.

That was the case yesterday on the SHO-NUF as only three bass were caught — but two of them were 51 and 56 pounds! All bass were tagged and released as per Virginia regulations at this time of year.(See photo below)

The weather has grounded SHO-NUF until Monday, but their winter tally so far is 128 releases of which 28 were 50 pounds or more.

A gale warning is posted from this evening through Sunday afternoon. The forecast is for north winds at 20-25 knots plus gusts to 35. Seas will be 5 to 7 feet.

The Garden State Outdoor Sportsman’s Show at N.J. Expo Center in Edison continues through Sunday. Austin Perilli will be presenting a seminar at 2:30 on hard structure fluke fishing. Below see Grandpa Perilli’s doormat while fishing with Austin. Nick Honachefsky is also providing free seminars.

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