The northeast wind seems to have blown itself out, and the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is planning on a return to codfishing at 7:30 Thursday.

Their Sunday trip produced a few cod and ling as they had to fish through an abundance of dogfish. Spring codfishing is often good, and conditions should be suitable with a south wind of 5-10 knots before increasing to 10-15 with gusts to 20 knots in the afternoon.

Joe Melillo had no news on stripers in the canal or on the beach, but knew of a couple of short and keeper flounders caught off the pier at the end of Bay Street in Bay Head yesterday. Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant will be back to regular hours on April 1.

At Seaside Park, Betty & Nick’s Tackle reported lots of small stripers were caught over the weekend in the back bay. Yesterday was a blowout with that northeast wind. The shop opens at 6 a.m.

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