Those who would like to enjoy the excitement of giant tuna fishing have the rare opportunity of reserving an open boat seat aboard the Canyon Runner now sailing out of Oregon Inlet, N.C. and hooking giants every day.

Friday and Saturday are available at $550 a person all in (including tip) with a limit of four. Call Adam La Rosa right away if interested at 732 272-4405. There’s also room on a free trip March 11 for active or retired military.

The JCAA is holding an open house at its Tuesday night meeting so clubs and individual anglers can see how that organization operates on behalf of the state’s anglers and may be interested in joining in that effort. The 7;30 P.M. meeting is in the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Building at 385 Herbertsville Rd,. Brick. Light refreshments will be available at 7. There is no charge, but please call Paul Haertel at 973 843-3201 so he can order enough.

Coming up this week are the Atlantic City Boat Show in Convention Hall from Feb. 27 to March 3 — and the World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N,Y, from Fen. 28 to March 3. Admission for the latter is $13, but you can get a $3 reduction by buying online at Sportshows.com and using the promo code POSTCARD for Thursday and Friday.

The Jamaica from Brielle got in Saturday’s offshore wreck trip that produced lots of big porgies plus a few ling, pollock and white hake. It wasn’t as good as the previous trips due to a strong current, but the high hook still bagged over 40 scup. Mark Myricks of Jersey City won the pool with an 8-pound pollock, That trip will be run again at 1 a.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are required. Call 732 528-5014.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a couple of nice days before the big winds arrived. On Friday they had a half-dozen keeper blackfish, a cod and ling plus a couple of pollock while fishing deep waters. After three tog and a few ling  were boated Saturday, the current got too strong in the deep, and they were surprised to find lots of bottom life in shallower waters. There were only a few keepers, but over 40 shorts were released. They hope to get out again this week before the blackfish season closes.

Storm warnings for west winds up to 60 knots and 10-foot seas remain up until 6 p.m., but then the winds will diminish gradually. Because the winds have been west, seas will settle in short order. It will be down to northwest at 20-25 knots Tuesday morning– and just north at 5-10 with one-foot seas on Wednesday.  Thursday looks fishable at northeast 10-15 knots.

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