The surf was rough and mostly unproductive today, but it only looks worse for the weekend with gale warnings for Sunday morning to evening and northeast winds plus rain most of the time.
The marine forecast for Saturday may give some hope early as it’s only for 10-15 knots northeast before picking up during the day. However, the surf may already be dirty after a day of east winds and then another of southeast. I watched an angler casting into a good-looking trough at Bay Head this morning, but he had to clean weed off his rig after every cast. He told me there had been a few very small bass caught earlier at Point Pleasant. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported that some larger schoolies of 25 to 27 inches had been caught yesterday afternoon on clams. Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno fished IBSP early this morning, but did nothing in an area which had been producing at least a modest early bite.
I doubt if any boats fished in today’s rough seas. They’ll get even bigger over the weekend before the switch to strong northwest winds should knock down the seas and create colder conditions by the middle of next week.
Blackfishing has been decent when conditions are favorable, but that doesn’t appear likely over the weekend.