Anglers are getting an early Christmas present this weekend with great December weather on tap.

That starts with the morning when the forecast is for northeast winds at just 5-10 knots — switching to southwest in the afternoon with mild temperatures. Conditions should be fine for school stripers in the surf as well as for blackfishing in the ocean.

Phil Fischer fished Scotland for good blackfishing this week, and on the way out he and his brother dropped near bird action which produced some mackerel, herring and a good whiting before small bass. Could it be that we’ll have a winter mackerel fishery? The Fisherman magazine reports lots of herring being jigged on the N.Y. side at the Coney Island and Canarsie piers.


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