There weren’t any party boat reports this week, but a favorable weather forecast is changing that.
Though there are small craft warning up through Saturday morning, this afternoon’s south winds at 20 knots are expected to drop to northwest at 15 after midnight — setting up a perfect 10-15 knot northwest in the morning as the Big Jamaica sails offshore at 1 a.m. for the deep water wrecks that have been loaded with big porgies. There may be last minute openings on that trip. Call 732 528-5014.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar cancelled for today as the forecast of gusty south winds wouldn’t have been favorable for working the deeper wrecks and rocks they’ll be checking for big blackfish the next three days. By Sunday the forecast is down to a mere 5-10 knots north.
Blackfishing has been good some days to the south as Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a 14-pounder Sunday and a 28-incher Thursday on his Morning Star from Ocean City, Md. Both were tagged and released. That’s common with the regulars on that boat where the pool is awarded on length and a released tog counts as well as a dead one.
The N.J. Boat Sale & Expo winds up Sunday at the N.J. Convention Hall in Edison. Visit njexpo.com for info.
The Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County Fishing Flea Market runs from 9-3 with a $5 admission (under 12 free) Sunday in the Hasbrouck Heights VFW at 513 Veterans Place.
The Philadelphia Fishing Show will run from Feb. 22-24 in the Greater Philadelphia Expo at Oaks. Admission is $10, with kids 6-12 at $5. Visit phillyfishingshow.com for info.
The Atlantic City Boat Show is coming up from Feb. 27- March 3 at the Convention Hall.
The Staten Island Tuna Club’s Inshore-Offshore Expo is on March 3 at Mt. Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd. Admission is $5, with kids under 13 free. Dante Sorriente of Magic Tail Bucktails will present a seminar on blackfishing.