While looking through Facebook recently, I was surprised to see a post from party boat historian Mel Deak noting that Capt. Barry Goldman passed away on Feb. 22. I knew that Barry had been in bad health for a long time, but never got word of his death at 86.

Barry was one of the best-kown characters on the Jersey Shore when I started writing my saltwater fishing column for the Star-Ledger. He ran his charter boat Ol’ Salty II out of Belmar, and ended up his career as a second captain for offshore trips on the Voyager from Point Pleasant.Though born in Perth Amboy, he acquired his love of the ocean as a kid summering in Deal. While reading his obituary, I was surprised to find that he had a degree in Geology from Cornell University and worked in a wide variety of jobs. Leon Hess was a cousin, and Goldman joined him in the oil business for some time.Goldman left his son David to continue the family link to sportfishing, though Capt. David charters a Raritan Bay center console and specializes in striped bass as well as the tuna his dad preferred..

The weather is looking much better as tomorrow’s forecast is for sunny and mild with temperatures in the mid-forties as southeast winds will be only 5-10 knots. The Ocean Explorer plans to sail for cod from Belmar.

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