New Jersey governor Phil Murphy reversed his closure of state and county parks this afternoon. State parks will open Saturday morning, and he’s leaving it up to county officials to make a decision on their parks.
As before, there will be no rest rooms or offices open, but there will also be a limit on parking to 50% of capacity. Social distancing will be required, and grouping is prohibited. Masks are recommended.
This means that Island Beach State Park will once again be available to anglers in time for a bluefish run that usually starts around Mother’s Day. Of course, the sad state of the bluefish stock provides a big question mark as to that early appearance.
A small craft warning is up this evening for southeast winds gusting to 30 knots. Rain is possible after midnight. A gale warning follows for Thursday, with southeast winds of 20-25 knots plus gusts to 35, a chance of rain — and 6-10-foot seas.
I’ll have some good news tomorrow for tuna anglers as NOAA Fisheries is increasing bag limits for school bluefins.