Capt. Ron Santee got into lots of life and a few bass early with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands before the wind came on. After a good bit of searching, he managed to find some working birds which resulted in some bonus bass and nine over 28 inches up to a 32-inch pool winner. Though small craft warnings are up through the morning, the northwest wind will be down to 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 before diminishing to 10-15 in the afternoon.

Capt. Joe Massa and friends from Morgan Marina recently drove to Rhode Island to fish for tautog with City by the Sea Charters at Newport. Blackfish of 10 pounds or more are a trophy catch in hard-fished NY/NJ waters, but they caught seven or eight over 10 pounds that were all released as the skippers depend on those big spawners to maintain that great fishery. Instead, limits were filled with somewhat smaller tog. One of the 10-pounders released by Massa got a second lease on life as it had been wounded by a spear fisherman that left a healed area on the back as shown

in the photo.

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