Jerry Lasko reported the best volume surf day of the year as stripers responded to 4-5-foot southeast seas at 15 knots with clean water and a day-long bite. It was especially good at dawn before slowing until the tide started dropping and provided the white water on bars that bass desire. Maren Toleno had her third best day ever with 86 bass released, and Jerry managed 28.
Capt. Stan Zagleski got out blackfishing with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands, but found the shallow waters weren’t productive in the southeast swell. He moved to deeper waters that produced a pick of mixed-size tog. That boat sails daily at 7 a.m. weather permitting.
The 13.4-pound trophy tog I mentioned last night was actually boated on Elaine B. II on Nov. 30 — not last Saturday.
A small craft warning went up at 4 p.m.through Saturday afternoon. That will change to a gale watch from Saturday evening to Sunday. Southeast winds of 10-15 knots with 6-9-foot seas switch to southwest in the afternoon. Rain and fog are predicted in the morning.