Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: New Jersey Beachfront
Tide and Weather: Dead High 2:05 pm, Partly Cloudy Skies, Air Temperature 44, Water Temperature 48, Light NNE Wind and Small Surf, Moon: 41 %, Pressure 30.15 and Stable
Catch: Sometimes you get what you ask for. I started this trip mumbling to myself, "All I want is one fish." That's what I got. A small, healthy striped bass that shot off when I put him back. The body shape of a striper is beautiful. This fish was handsome and full.
I started south of the stretch I usually fish. For three hours I fished and walked, and fished and walked, and fished and walked, north. I worked through one shore town and into the next.
Then I noticed three surfcasters a few beaches north. They were on top of each other and focussed. This meant fish. When I reached them, they welcomed me to get in on the action. I gave them a wide berth and started casting. I eventually had a solid grab and landed one. After fishing a bit more, I looked up and noticed they left. The bite had clearly slowed. I caught the tail end of it, but I'm so glad I did.