Fishing should improve as the ocean settles, but there was good news about the ocean blues as they were splashing on the surface again this morning. The Golden Eagle from Belmar just picked at them with jigs at first, but ended up with some limits plus porgies. There some bigger blues among the small choppers, and a 7-pounder took the pool

Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that 40-foot depths off Long Branch produced a limit of fluke from 5 to 7 1/8 pounds for Jeff Kardmarz. Tim Palchenes boated an 8 1/4-pounder. The river fluke are mostly shorts, but snapper fishing is good.

Point Pleasant Canal produced a pick of very small blues plus a couple of bigger ones — but Joe Melillo of Castaways Tackle in that town fought a decent striper that spit the hook on his lure at the surface.

The forecast is for a return to northeast winds after midnight, but at only 10-15 knots.

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