Headed down to Rands about 7 AM, get to the boat around 8:30 only to find a dead battery. Luckily I have relatives who live in the area so I take the battery there to charge it and BS with my cousins. Get back to the boat around noon with the charged battery. Boat fires up like a charm so away we go. The bay is flat as could be so I decide to peek out front. Keep in mind I have only a 19? bowrider. The ocean is beautiful maybe a 1? chop. So we head to Garden State south reef. We are out there about an hour (not one fish caught) when we see lightning in the distance, towards the island. We decide better safe then sorry so we start to head in. After about 15 minutes we are dead in the middle of the storm. Waves picked up to at least 6 feet with high winds and a stinging rain. Now I am doing about 4 MPH and have to ride with the waves to avoid getting swamped. After about 30 minutes in the storm it finally passes us by within another 15 minutes the ocean calmed down to a two foot chop. Got back to the inlet and it was calm as could be again. Decided we really didn?t want the skunk so we hit a few areas in the bay looking for anything to bite. Only to get poured on again but this time no wind or lightning, headed to the dock about 6 with the skunk. What an adventure. This was the first time in 5 years of owning this boat that I have ever worn the life jacket. Amazing how quickly things can change out there. Luckily I am here for another day, and will be heading back out this afternoon. Hopefully I won?t get the skunk again today.