There’s lots of good fishing on tap for the weekend as long as the tropical storm far offshore keeps its distance –and the best gift for a fisherman father is the opportunity to fish that day.

A small craft warning goes up at 5 p.m. and through Saturday afternoon, but it should be fishable early tomorrow with southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20. Seas are 3 to 5 feet, and there’s a chance of showers in the morning and thunder storms later in the day.

Chris DeGennaro of Wall took the opportunity to run far offshore today and was quickly blasted by a pack of bigeyes with four of the five eventually being boated.

Much further inshore, the Queen Mary from Pt. Pleasant had another fine jigging trip for bluefish before adding sea bass to the bags. However, they’re booked until Monday.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported sea bass fishing slowed to a grind today, but those who worked at it still did well. There’s plenty of room on the weekend afternoon trips.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands continues to enjoy plenty of fluke action even though keepers aren’t plentiful, Anglers are advised to be at the dock by 7;30 over the weekend.

The Bay Head surf looked promising for blues yesterday morning, but the only successful angler this morning was Nick Sardone who released a 29-inch striper on his first cast with a Hopkins — and added a blue on his next cast.

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