The Ocean Temperature this morning is 64 degrees. Yesterday saw two weigh-ins for the classic, both up at Barnegat Light. A 9.06 lbs. striper caught on a lure and a 2.38 lbs tog. So far this morning Surf City B&T weighed in an 8.56 lbs. striper for the classic.
The bayside has also been producing stripers along the sod banks either from land or by boat. The best lures for the sod banks are swim shads, small topwater, and small swimmers like an SP minnow.
The weather looks good until Saturday when it's looking like we can expect a coastal low to form, bringing rain and wind to the island. Fishing right before and a little into this weather system would be the best time to get out there. The striper bite can be very good during that time. Once this weather system clears out will it have pushed some migratory stripers into our area? If we get a west wind that brings bunker along the beach, I think we have a good shot at seeing some bigger along our shores for a short period. There were no reports of big stripers in the Island Beach State Park area. If you have any questions please reach out via, email or text.