Weekend Weather, Wind, Rain, and Water Temps Whether You Like It Or Not

    Windy all week, now it is raining, again.  Good times but it is that time of year, cold wet and rainy.  This weekend we will have some high temperatures on Sunday.  It will be very windy so watch the surf wash at high tide.  Granted it is also supposed to rain, but you know how the weather works around here, it changes every fifteen minutes.  You aren’t going to catch from the couch, get out there and do some fishing.

   

Charlie Gardner hitting bass along the grass banks of the inland bays and canals.

When the boats can get out they are doing well on sea bass and tautog.  Lot of throwback tog due to the increased size limit.  Amazing what an increase of an inch can do for a fishery.  I know people hate it but it is what it is when it comes to fishery management.   Many charter boats are preparing for the winter-fall bass run, I mean lets face it by the time they do show up, it feels like we are well into winter, and in reality it is only three weeks away, Friday the 21st of December is the first day of winter.

   Where are all the striped bass?  Well for the most part not too many migratory bass have come south.  New Jersey surf depending on what shops you are following are hot for short bass at times.  We have the same striped bass action hot to not in the surf and back bays.  One day it is great, next day not so much.  Last weekend between the wind, waves, storms, and the full moon messing with the higher tides, made things difficult to catch a fish.  The Chesapeake Bay action has been picking up and the charters there are doing well when they can get on the fish. 

   

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Masseys Ditch temperatures this past week current to this morning.

The water temperatures keep bouncing around due to the weather.  Masseys landing and the inland bays are fluctuating from 42 to 48 degrees.  Prime temperatures for striped bass.  The surf above us near Atlantic city is in the high forties, and below us in Ocean City it is in the upper forties to low fifties.  Lewes and the Delaware bay are in the upper forties.  The bay is cooling off our surf.  Now we just have to get on the fish, that action has been random up and down the beaches.  The inland bays have been decent for action and so is the Indian River Inlet, by land and boat.  

 

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Dave Eastburn with a short form the Indian River bay.

 Last Sunday the day after the Fall Fish Bowl we hit the Indian River Inlet by boat and bounced the bottom with jigs, minnows, and other lures.  There were bass there once the water really started moving on the outgoing tide.  The water was pretty dirty but the fish were still chewing.  Like i said the biggest issue with that is actually being able to go out on a boat in decent weather.   

White perch is great in the canal, Broadkill river and tidal creeks.  Bloodowrms are still available in most shops.  Fresh bait can be hard to find this time of year.  This is something most anglers don’t understand, or realize  In order for a shop to keep fresh bait, they have to have customers, fresh customers, not the same ten guys that drop by to shoot the breeze and are bored every day.  If people aren’t fishing due to the weather, the shops lose money stocking fresh bait.  Keep that in mind when you are searching for bait, it is not the shops fault they don’t have fresh.  They just can’t afford to keep stocking fresh for a possible crap weekend of weather and no one fishing. 

Have a nice weekend, it is the holidays which means no rules driving is in full effect.   Basically the same as summer traffic, it is just everywhere now, not just the beach.  Be careful out there, and pay attention.

 

Tides IRI …  

Date Day of the Week Time (LST/LDT) Predicted (ft) High/Low
2018/11/30 Fri 02:13 AM 2.36 H
2018/11/30 Fri 07:45 AM 0.11 L
2018/11/30 Fri 2:41 PM 2.77 H
2018/11/30 Fri 8:40 PM -0.02 L
2018/12/01 Sat 03:22 AM 2.46 H
2018/12/01 Sat 08:58 AM 0.13 L
2018/12/01 Sat 3:44 PM 2.65 H
2018/12/01 Sat 9:38 PM -0.10 L

Marine Forecast … 

SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…

Weak low pressure moves across the area today, before high
pressure builds to our north tonight. This high will retreat to
our northeast Saturday as an area of low pressure moves through
the Great Lakes region over the weekend, and its associated
frontal boundaries move across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Saturday into Sunday. A weak cold front moves across the area
Sunday night into Monday, then high pressure builds across the
central and southern states for the middle to end of next week.
There is the potential for a coastal low around Tuesday night
and Wednesday, however it is expected to remain offshore.

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
1219 PM EST Fri Nov 30 2018

THIS AFTERNOON
SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell
mainly from the NE with a dominant period of 12 seconds. A chance
of showers.

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TONIGHT
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the S with a dominant period of 6 seconds.

SAT
E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 ft or
less. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of
7 seconds. A chance of rain in the afternoon.

SAT NIGHT
SE winds 15 to 20 kt. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 ft
or less, then 3 to 4 ft in the late evening and overnight. Swell
mainly from the SE with a dominant period of 6 seconds. Rain.

SUN
SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to
5 ft. A chance of rain.

SUN NIGHT
SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas
3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers in the evening.

MON
W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

MON NIGHT
NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

TUE
N winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the
afternoon. Seas around 3 ft.

TUE NIGHT
N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of
rain. A chance of snow after midnight.
NWS … 

This Afternoon
A chance of showers, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 46. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind around 6 mph becoming north after midnight.
Saturday
A chance of rain after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Rain. Low around 49. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 10pm and 1am, then a chance of snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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