I didn’t think a blog was necessary last night with gale-force winds whistling outside the windows. Those warnings were continued into tonight along with freezing spray and very low late afternoon tides. Bob Correll walked the Bay Head beach this afternoon and reported ice on the beach with very low waters.

It drops to 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 from the northwest tomorrow before diminishing to 5-10 in the afternoon, Unfortunately, it switches to southwest at 15-20 with gusts to 30 on Wednesday.

Saturday was one of those rare calm mid-winter days, and that enabled the Big Jamaica from Brielle to get in another day of hot porgy fishing on the offshore wrecks. The pool winner was a 6-pound haddock, a very rare catch south of New England. Sammy Sin from Brooklyn, boated the haddock. Telmo Marques from Silver Spring, Md. took second with a hefty 3.75-pound ling. Some mackerel and white hake were also caught.  The Jamaica will run that trip every Saturday, leaving at 1 a.m. Friday night. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported blackfish were chewing Saturday, and limits were “easy”.

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