After one more day of hard northwest winds they will be dropping down to provide anglers with calm seas and fine fishing conditions.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar is cancelling the Friday trip, but everything looks fine from Saturday to Monday for striper fishing. The blackfish boats from Belmar can fish in northwest winds, and they will be working hard to catch tog before the N.J. season closes at the end of Saturday afternoon.

The marine forecast is for NW winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 on Friday before dropping down during the night.

Capt. Jim Freda reported great surface striper action in Raritan Bay as large stripers were blasting bunkers despite the chilly 47 to 52 degree water temperatures.

Phil Sciortino Jr. at the Tackle Box in Hazlet says no bait is needed in the bay if you cast this lure after soaking it in Tackle Box Bunker Oil.

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