The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands got out Thursday and found a few keeper fluke, but no shorts as all the bait readings were hanging above the roiled bottom. A boater I talked to at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant this morning noted that small blues were hitting fluke rigs being reeled up in 80-foot depths to the north yesterday.
That strange tropical storm did little physical damage at the Shore other than moving some replenished sand around, but put a big financial dent in the pockets of merchants who missed out on the last big holiday weekend of the summer, and for boaters who wasted both time and money getting their boats pulled when they could have been fishing every day in the bays and rivers. Vinny D'Anton of Shark River Hills hasn't raised a striper or blue from shore in Shark River since days before the storm, but finally saw lots of mullet and peanut bunker Thursday morning -- a sign that they're getting ready to move down the beach.
The forecast of high winds noted in last night's blog never occurred, as there was only a breeze as I caught short blackfish up to 14 inches this morning in Point Pleasant Canal. The new forecast calls for only 24-29 mph north winds tonight (though it's very light as this was being written), and 22-25 mph on Labor Day with gusts to 36 plus a 30 percent chance of showers after 11 a. m. By Tuesday it should be down to 16 to 21 mph from the north.
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