There were small craft warnings up today, but they’ll be replaced by a gale warning at 6 pm. that extends ino Saturday. The good news is that even though Saturday is a blowout, there’s plenty to do  ashore before the northwest wind flattens the ocean for what looks like a perfect Sunday with 5-10 knot west winds  and a one-foot sea.

The Hi-Mar Striper Club Fishing Flea Market runs from 8-2 in the Middletown VFW on One Veteran’s Lane off Rt, 36 in Port Monmouth. I’ll be selling new and used tackle there as well as my last book — The Complete Book of Surf Fishing. Stop by and say hello. The $5 admission also includes seminars which start at 8:30 with Anthony Arcabasxio on trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons for big stripers. Capt. Derick Bielitz follows at 9:30 with inshore tuna fishing from his Fisher Price. The Zagorski brothers provide their blackfish secrets at 10:30 — and Jeff Dement discusses the ALS tagging program at 11:30.

Further south along the Shore, Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park has the Northeast Rod Builders gathering from 10-4, with a $25 admission covering breakfast and lunch.

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar will go on all day at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hall Hotel, Call 800 448-7360  to determine if any tickets are available.

The Jamaica from Brielle postponed their Saturday offshore porgy trip to Sunday, and will sail at 1 a.m. that day. Reservations are required. Call 732 528-5014.

Blackfish party boats should be back in action on Sunday.

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