And so the cycle continues. A trip cancelled, one made while the weather window allowed, and another hoping to be rescheduled when the conditions allow (since the wind didn’t cooperate).

Wow! It was a good week to be named Sean. Especially if you were going fishing for blackfish out of Cape May.

Well, it would seem we have lost most, but not all, of the second week of fishing after the storm to the weather. 

Hello all. I hope everyone made it through the storm and its aftermath safe and sound. The shrieking wind of the storm and the days after put us in the deepfreeze. That led to some jobs not opening, schools being closed and more time around the house. 

Well, the cold, all-be-it indirectly, finally slowed most boats from getting out. Not all though. The accompanying ice in the local waterways was the real culprit.

Happy New Year, everyone! The calendar has changed and the weather changes every few days, but we fish on. Sea bass are now off the list of targets, and stripers can only be caught in the ocean. 

Resilient is the word – as in the fishing community here, captains, shop owners, marina personnel and anglers are a resilient group.

Stripers… stripers everywhere. Or so it would seem. The action has been steady, even though the boat congestion of the weekend caused a slowing of the catches.

Knock, knock! Who’s there? Us stripers, that’s who. It would seem that the leading edge of the large body of stripers is starting to show up.

Well, the fall tog season commenced, stripers are slowly showing up and the wind kicked up... a lot. 

Well, blackfish, also known as tog, are finally in season. Technically they have been in since July 17, but you could only harvest one keeper. From now till the end of December you can keep six fish.

Well, it’s one day to go till tog season expands to six fish. That’s good news to anglers, bait shops, and captains of charter and head boats. 

As to be expected, sea bass rules the roost over the past week, although some nice triggerfish and a big porgy were caught in the area.

Sunday, Oct. 22 dawned warm, but foggy. Very foggy. But not to worry, as local anglers got out and took advantage of the opening of sea bass season. 

Well, due to the weather, we probably just experienced our slowest period of fishing activity since last March. But, as in other tough times, we had anglers who got out and succeeded.

There was a book and movie both titled “The Hunt for Red October.” We are having our own similarly titled story. It’s called “The Hunt for Fall, During October.”

Listen. The quiet, slow period that is occurring is getting old. About the only noise is the wind. A series of storms passing off our coast to the east has given us some difficult conditions. But as anglers, we soldier on and continue to catch fish.

If last week was slow, this week of fishing almost seems like it didn’t start. Fall arrived, it felt like summer, and four to five days were lost to the effects of Hurricane Jose.

Jose is getting us. Thankfully not directly, but with an effect that is causing many boats to stay moored in their slips.

Wow! What a difference a couple of weeks make. First the sea bass season ended, then the flounder season ended.

Well, the wind and the coastal storm cost us a few days on the water. No worry though, as some still forced through the weekend wind before all was shut down as the week began.

It’s late August. Do you know where your keeper flounder is? Well, you better get out quick as the season is getting short.