It appears that the stretch of northeast winds has finally shifted to calming directions — though big swells from offshore storms will continue to be a problem.

Small craft warnings remain up through Wednesday with 6-9-foot seas still forecasted for the morning even though the winds will be just 10-15 knots from the west. The seas should drop to 7 feet by late afternoon. The big turnaround is predicted for Thursday with northwest winds at just 5-10 knots changing to southwest in the afternoon asa seas decline to 2 to 3 feet.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar resumes bluefishing Wednesday at 7;30 a.m. They have a 14-hour inshore exotics trip set for 11 p.m. Thursday, and a couple of spots are open.

The Jamaica from Brielle will be seeking bonito and little tunny at 7:30 in the morning.

Alberto Zacchino reports that the winner of the family seasonal fluke contest was his son Derek who boated a 27.5-inch, 7.3-pounder on the family boat from Belmar.

Dave Lilly can’t fish for fluke anymore this season, so he changed targets today by netting peanut bunkers that resulted in seven striper releases up to 30 inches in the very clear waters of Shrewsbury River. He had to move the boat around quite a bit to get into the right spot.

This was the first day of fall, and it felt that way in the morning. — but the evening was like summer again.

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