Bottom fishing in N.J. ocean waters now features porgies along with a few triggerfish and the one blackfish presently allowed — plus sea bass that have to be released. However, all that will change on Oct. 8 when the N.J. sea bass fishery reopens. Check with your favorite skipper as special limited trips may be scheduled for the first few trips.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a very good Saturday night trip for 3-8-pound blues on both bait and jigs. However, today’s day trip was again slow. They saw a lot of blues, had to work for every one. There were a few larger blues up to over 10 pounds among the mostly small to medium choppers. They also caught some 5-7-pound little tunny.

There’s another light wind forecast for tomorrow. Let’s hope they are right this time. Today’s forecast was for northeast at 5-10 knots, but when I checked the surf at Bay Head it seemed as if they should have written 5 plus 10 because the flags were straight out. Monday’s forecast is again NE 5-10, but with a chance of morning showers.

In addition to Betty & Nick’s. you can also sign up for next weekend’s Barrier Island Beach Brawl at Grumpy’s Tackle, Gabriel Tackle, Fisherman’s Supply and Charlie’s Tackle.

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