The 2020 edition of the International Game Fish Association’s World Record Game Fishes contains every record updated through 2019 in both all-tackle and various line tests plus the many clubs now available to honor grand slams of a variety of species.

There were 448 records approved last year from 39 countries. Saltwatrer records dominated with 259, and 45 % of all records were released alive. A few more will be open this year because bonefish will have separate records for the Atlantic and the Pacific — just as with sailfish and blue marlin. All the rules and regulations pertaining to setting records are included, along with articles including one by Nick Honachefsky about catching monster fish from the surf. The book comes with IGFA membership along with many other incentives. Call 954 927-2628 for info.

Chuck Many reports the main body of striped bass “is still to our East, so Had to work super hard for every bite today!! Wind wouldn’t let up in the morning, but Ian Gardner& Nellie Nawd Ical Greer just stuck with it and it paid off. Only 5 fish, but size made it worth it with 3 over 30 pounds (31, 37, & 42). All released to fight another day!!+

Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that a shop regular chummed from a private boat in Shark River to get into winter flounder, keeping his two up to 2 1/2 pounds that hit sandworms. Bob also noted that some blackfish are being caught from the Shark River jetty.

I tried the Manasquan surf this morning well before the rain started. There was a pounding surf, but it was fishable — though fishless.

Small craft warnings are up from 8 p.m. through Saturday afternoon as north winds gust up to 25 knots tonight. Tomorrow looks good for surfcasting with northwest winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 before diminishing to 10-15 in the afternoon. Sunday looks best for boating with southeast winds of just 5-10 knots,


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