The continuing northeaster has pretty much wiped out the opening of the N.J. sea bass season — and now resulted in the delay of this weekend’s Barrier Island Beach Brawl .

Nick Honachefsky said the storm seems to be peaking on Friday, so the contest is being moved to Oct. 12 and 13. Fishing will start at 5 a.m.  Saturday and end at 4 p.m. Sunday — with awards being presented at 5 p.m.  Any questions can be directed to

Gale warnings are posted through Friday afternoon. The forecast is for north winds at 25-30 knots with gusts to 45 and seas of 8-13 feet, plus likely rain. Saturday begins with north winds of 15-20 knots that diminish to 10-15 in the afternoon. Sunday looks fine with a switch to west at 5-10 knots and seas down to 3-5 feet. However, the surf may be dirty, and bottom fishing could be affected by the big swells we’ve been experiencing.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar has cancelled all trips through Saturday, but will be sailing Sunday.

The weather was fine for me this morning as I fished in Point Pleasant Canal with green crabs from nearby Castaways Tackle. Blackfish cooperated during the brief slack tide as I released five from 11 inches up to a legal 15-incher that were good sport on my light spinning tackle.

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