We had some good weather come west to east last evening but this morning was clear and wind free. As I made my way through town I could see lots of surfers making the same trek I was. That only means one thing, swells. They were 3ft at 7 secs so it wasn't bad at all, you just have to time your cast correctly.
I got down to the beach around 515 am and tied on a chartruese/white Clouser minnow . I found some real nice beach structure and had good current moving in a nice rip two hours before low tide. When I first started I realized my two handed retrieve was pulled the fly too fast and hard through the water, so I slowed down and the fish were there. You know if your fishing good water when every time you take a step you are at a different elevation or step into a trough or pocket.
The surfers were out in force but I had plenty of beach to myself.
There are bass around you just have to work for them. I know the back bays in southern New Jersey are alive with life and producing well. I read a forum yesterday where a guy said he was fishing in the back and he stopped counting at 50 stripers in a few hours. That sounds like a great outing but I don't know if I would have needed to stay that long!