It was worth putting up with nasty weather today in order to get a clearing northwester tomorrow which should start calming the sea — but instead of blowing from the west for a few days, the forecast is a return to northeast for Saturday.

Hopefully the surf will be clear up for a day while surfcasters can mike mighty casts with the wind behind them. Small craft warnings are posted through Friday night.

There were no reports today, but Pete Connell of Avon was out Wednesday with his boat from Shark River to fish for porgies at the Rattlesnake. It wasn’t even necessary to anchor as drifting over large readings produced plenty of action on small diamond jigs with big porgies plus some sea bass and small bluefish.

In yesterday’s report from Hans Kaspersetz about his weekend canyon fishing on the Blue Runner, I forgot to note that they also limited on dolphin. The fact that albacore were chunked during that trip is very good news because the longfins usually are the dominant species in the canyons at this time — and provide the most dependable tuna action.

Nick Honachefsky is still getting more prizes for his upcoming Barrier Island Beach Brawl, as noted below:

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