It’s windy now, but west winds should result in a calm ocean as northwest winds drop to the 10-15-knot range over the weekend.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is holding off making its first cod trip as the marine forecast for tomorrow is northwest at 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 before increasing to 20-25 plus gusts to 30 later in the day.

In addition to the big striper caught in the back bay yesterday, the Tackle Box in Hazlet also had word of a few shorts in the same area. The cold winter should delay a striper run in theory, but big bass were caught in Raritan Bay by the third week in March last year — and you never know!

Chuck Many wasn’t in N.J. for the March 1 internal waters opener, but while visiting his daughter at Georgia Tech he fished in Lake Lanier to get his striper season started.

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