West winds have been howling this afternoon, and a gale warning is up for 40 knot gusts. However, it looks better for the weekend after 25-30 knot west winds Friday morning diminish to 20-25 in the afternoon — and to west at 15-20 by Saturday morning. All that west wind should flatten out the ocean, and result in a perfect Sunday with just 10-15 knot west winds as the internal  waters reopen.

The Big Jamaica sails from Brielle at 1 a.m.  Saturday to far offshore wrecks for jumbo porgies plus a shot at cod, pollock and hake . Reservations are required. Call 732 528-5014.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had calm seas with a pick of keeper blackfish Tuesday and Wednesday.  They finished up blackfishing Wednesday due to blowouts the next two days and the tautog season closing on Friday. Roger not only won the pool. but also collected the big seasonal pool he’s been leading for a long time. A cod and a couple of pollock were also boated that day — before the switch to codfishing on Saturday.

Feb. cod - OE

 

 

There are already lots of bunkers in Raritan Bay, and Capt. Chris Di Stefano heard from a friend that the back of the bay is loaded with seals. Chris saw sea gulls lifting bunkers out of the water at the Belmar boat ramp, and then was surprised to see one come up with a large squid.

Phil Sciortino, at The Tackle Box in Hazlet, has been hearing about shore fishermen catching some early school stripers from Raritan Bay Shorelines, and will have worms in stock for the weekend. He expects to see the first keeper striper during Sunday’s internal waters opener.

The World Fishing & Outdoor Expo opened today and runs through 8 p.m. in the Rockland Community Field House at Suffern, N.Y.  Tomorrow’s hours are noon to 8.

The Atlantic City Boat Show continues in the Convention Hall through the weekend.

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