Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that offshore fishing has been shut down by the east winds, but there’s been a surprise run of 6 to 10-inch squid which can be jigged for bait or food in Shark River where anglers are picking at flounder and kingfish. The gale watch is up through late tonight but drops to southeast 10-15 knots in the morning. The Sea Hunter hopes to make their striper trip from Atlantic Highlands.

Crazy Alberto Knie and I joined South Jersey native David Rizzo on his boat at Marco, Florida on Tuesday to enjoy a sunny day on the water even though fishing was tough as noted by the shot of Dave and me with a sheepshead and a mangrove snapper. I also had a light tackle fight with a ray, and Alberto hooked a Goliath grouper that immediately broke the 400-pound leader on a bridge column. At least we weren’t fighting a northeaster!

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