Fishy Weekend Into A Cold Week
The low on Wednesday is 26 degrees, you should be fishing all week. The striped bass are reacting well to the cold. Over the weekend the action turned back on after the water calmed down and cleared up. Inland bays are fluctuating between 51 and 48 degrees, expect that to drop more this week. The Delaware Bay and the surf are in the lower fifties, expect that to also drop. This week’s lows could trigger the fall run.
Even during the heavy winds Friday night, anglers were catching just under keeper sized striped bass around the Indian River Inlet. The action up north in the creeks and rivers has been on fire as well, near structure and in rips.
The surf action picked up Saturday and really picked up Sunday. Calmer seas and clearer water helped. Not to mention the nicer weather attracted more anglers. We tried Friday but that wind was really pushing up the waves. Lot of dogfish and skates were caught on Friday, and we were in front of the great dune to avoid the wind.
Tautog action has been great for the boats but a lot of throwbacks. Many are saying due to the size limit change form 15 to 16 inches. Black sea bass have been filling the boxes for the boats and charters. The Indian RIver inlet is the same action as well as Masseys Landing. Lot of throwbacks with the occasional keeper. There are still sand fleas in the surf.
Fresh bait has been tough to find, Icehouse Bait and Tackle announced today … WE HAVE GREEN CRABS, BLOOD WORMS, LIVE EELS, AND MINNOWS. Call ahead to all bait shops to see what they have. Many are asking about fresh bunker.
Beach combing Saturday was epic. Haven’t seen that many whelk shells and sea glass on the beach since a heavy nor’easter four years ago.
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Marne Forecast … NOAA …
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…
High pressure over the Canadian Maritimes continues to drift
out to sea. Meanwhile, several weak clipper systems will move
across the region through Tuesday. A cold front crosses the area
Wednesday night. Arctic high pressure builds east for Thanksgiving
and moves offshore on Friday. Another storm system may affect the
area next weekend.
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-
928 AM EST Mon Nov 19 2018
SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the SE with a dominant period of 9 seconds. Patchy fog
early this morning with vsby 1 to 3 NM.
SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas
2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt late.
Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then 3 to 4 ft in the late
morning and afternoon. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant
period of 9 seconds.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt
late. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the SE
with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming W
15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt in the afternoon. Seas around
3 ft in the morning, then 2 ft or less.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
N winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas
around 3 ft in the morning, then 2 ft or less.
SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.