Definately a strange season.
I thought I was doing alright to poorly. After talking to others I guess I did pretty good after all.
As you mentioned, fish were around,, nothing in bigger groups (except for a couple of the usual hot spots). Really had to look around because they seemed to move a lot this year.
I never saw many little guys in my travels, and blues were rare indeed.
Well, at least until later in the year,
I'm still used to finding blues in abundance around the full moon of May. Not in the past couple though. This year I didn't get my first Blue until August I believe. But Spring time stripers were hot, hot, hot if you didn't mind the rain and chill.
Most of my fishing was boat fishing,, but close to shore haunts.
I'm going out today with the boat for some trolling and winterizing preps. (ie; lazy man's fishing)
Then it gets put away for the season(?).
I didn't see much on the beach this year, but domestics kept me from playing very much. This fall was one thing after another here.
Already looking forward to next year.
Stay warm and sharpen those hooks.