It’s more of the same tomorrow morning, but there’s hope for Friday through the weekend. The small craft advisory remains posted for northeast winds of 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. however, that’s supposed to diminish to 5-10 knots in the afternoon before switching Friday to a period of light west winds. Seas are predicted to be 4-6-feet tomorrow. The swell wasn’t too bad today, but we could still have a problem with the big swells far offshore from the hurricane.

Boating activity has been light in the northeast winds. Capt. Ron Santee said he didn’t get out today, has a charter on Friday, and is finished with fluke. He’ll switch the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands to daily porgies on Saturday.

Capt. Chris Distefano said Frank Criscola’s Crisdel got out to the canyons this week, but only trolled one yellowfin tuna in Toms Canyon before making a run out to 1700 feet to deep drop for swordfish. They had surprisingly good daytime action with eight hits in the great depths.  Swords of about 120 and 170 pounds were boated small ones released.

The Paramount from Brielle will be running a bluefin, bonito and little tunny trip on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fare is $80 with a limit of 40 anglers.  Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports lots of cocktail blues in the surf on mullet, though anglers casting metal next to bait fishermen aren’t getting hit.

I tried Manasquan this morning and didn’t raise a thing even though it was marginally fishable. There were three other surfcasters on the beach, and one had caught a small blue.

There was sad news this week as Capt. Tom Savastano reported that veteran surfcaster and Point Pleasant Canal angler Eddie The Hammer passed away. Ed Zimny of Point Pleasant was 86, but could still cast well enough in the canal to catch bass and blues regularly despite his hunched back. Eddie was born and raised in Elizabeth, and served in the Navy. A carpenter by trade, he died in a hospital he helped build. Eddie was one of the last old-timers from my early days in the Jersey surf — and will be missed.


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