The relatively mild winter has permitted the few boats still in the water to continue blackfishing.

Indeed, Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina, was surprised to see the Ocean Explorer sail Tuesday morning with a full boat.

They fished on a calm sea, and had some nice keepers though no jumbos. One angler caught three keepers, and others had one or two.

Unfortunately, tomorrow doesn’t look good as a small craft advisory is posted for 3 a.m. to Friday afternoon. Thursday starts with east winds of 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 plus rain, though the wind is supposed to drop off to 5-10 knots in the afternoon.

Capt. Al Crudele is also doing well with tog on his Bayhound out of Sea Isle City. He’s running that charter boat open whenever the weather is right.

Al Crudale tog

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