I took a look from Point Peasant to Bay Head in the afternoon, but saw few anglers fishing into a rough and dirty surf. Though the wind was supposed to be light southwest, it seemed to be coming from the southeast. The forecast is for light west winds, so participation should be improved tomorrow.
Not surprisingly, there were no surf or boat reports from this morning as a hard northwest wind combined with temperatures around 10 degrees to keep even the most dedicated at home. The forecast is for much better weather the next few days, and lighter west winds should at least calm the ocean a bit.
Striped bass also seemed to prefer the warmer breezes that have prevailed this winter as I didn't hear of any caught by the regulars at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, including one who had started in Island Beach State Park. There were some anglers braving the cold when I checked Bay Head and Point Pleasant in the afternoon, but no word of any bass or the herring that have been holding them.