The Hudson River Fisherman’s Association Catch, Tag and Release Derby is still on as scheduled from April 17 to May 15.

That all-release contest is limited to the Hudson River and associated waterways — but excludes Raritan Bay and ocean waters. For details, call Joe Albanese at 908 456-2968 or e-mail to joealbanese2@gmail.com.

The HRFA has postponed its Hooked on the Hudson event scheduled later in the month to next year.

Ric Gross of Point Pleasant is getting offshore in Florida some days. A couple of days ago he had a trolling bite of small blackfin tuna on a charter before anchoring  on patch bottom off Boca Raton produced  catch-and-release action with red groupers before bull sharks moved in. He fought one for 1 1/2 hours before the shark tired of the game and broke off. The grouper season reopens at the end of the month.

Small craft warnings are up through Sunday afternoon, though that appears to be only for 4-6-foot seas as the wind forecast for the morning is a mere 5-10 knots south.

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