While it’s still cold, the forecast of light winds the next two days may inspire some anglers to make an effort for the early stripers and winter flounder.

The first legal striper was actually weighed in on the March 1 opening of the N.J. inshore striper season when Beau Bosum claimed the gift certificate for the first keeper at Absecon Sportsman Center. The 28-incher weighed 7.6 pounds  and hit bloodworms that were also attracting white perch. The location was probably Mullica River. The early season hot spot at the Forked River power plant may not be holding fish now that the hot water discharges aren’t being provided by the out-of-commission plant.

Phil Sciortino reports from the Tackle Box in Hazlet that he has bloodworms in stock. There were some very short bass caught from the Raritan Bay shorelines at Cliffwood and Union Beach last week, but the water temperature dropped this week and nothing more has been reported. We need some sunshine and higher temperatures to get those shallow waters producing.

Small craft warnings are coming down this evening, and there are two nice days coming up. Friday morning should bring southwest 5-10-knot winds switching to south in the afternoon with a one-foot sea. Saturday looks good for the Jamaica’s offshore porgy trip at 1 a.m. from Brielle with 5-10 knot west breezes before changing to northeast in the afternoon as seas increase to just two feet.  Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Philadelphia Boat Show opens Friday from 1-8 p.m. in Greater Philadelphia Expo at Oaks, and runs through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, but those arriving after 5 p.m. will pay only $5.

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