The Hi-Mar Striper Club Fishing Flea Market is coming up Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p, m. in the usual site at the Middletown VFW at 1 Veterans Lane off Rt. 36 in Port Monmouth. This is the largest event of its kind in the area, and the $5 entry fee also includes free seminars which begin at 8:30 with Anthony Arcabasio of Tony Maja Tackle.

I’ll be there with lots of new and used tackle  plus my surfcasting book,  Capt. Vinny Vetere of Katfish Charters will be showing  the TGT spoons which he purchased recently as well as his Ho-Jos.  I’ll have more about this event tomorrow.

George Poveromo’s Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar returns to N.J. at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hall   on Saturday with Nick Honachefsky as co-host and a full day of speakers ranging from local pros to the leading daytime swordfish skipper in the country — Capt. Nick Stanczyk of Islamorada. Call 800 448-7360 for tickets.

The weather is taking a nosedive on us, with small craft warnings tonight going to a gale watch Friday for northwest winds in the afternoon into Saturday — but it drops down on Sunday to a modest 5-10 knots.  As a result, the Jamaica from Brielle has postponed their Saturday offshore wreck trip for jumbo porgies to Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had poor blackfishing Wednesday after having been into trophy tog the day before. There were some short blacks, but only two keepers and a cod. Due to the weather, they won’t be sailing tomorrow or Saturday, but hope to get out on Sunday.

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