Had a small window to get out fishing this afternoon. My buddy John the Sandy Hook Research Dude joined me. We arrived at the Striper grounds by around 3:30, only to be met by stiff SE winds and wind against tide conditions, not good. tried Shallow and Deep spots and never could obtain anything greater than a .2kt drift. Could have joined the guys trolling but we wanted to hook up on bait and artificials. Fished into the early darkness with only Spiny Dogs to show for our efforts. Read fish stacked up in the darkness but they just would not bite. Another network boat and I were using each other to validate our Fishfinders were not broken as we scratched our heads in disbelief.First Striper donut of the year, hard to swallow. Have had a good Fall Striper run thus far, so gotta take the bad with the string of good trips.