Though I haven’t been able to find an obituary, Facebook was full of reports about the passing of my old friend from N.J. at 88. Mark pioneered saltwater TV shows and was a prolific author of books and magazine articles. He was a member of the IGFA Hall of Fame and a former president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

It’s a struggle getting this blog out after yesterday’s cataracks operation. but there was some good news from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar about getting into flurries of bluefish in the morning before finishing with some sea bass in the afternoon. The summer by-catch season for sea bass runs from July 1 to Aug. 31 — but allows only two sea bass of at least 13 inches. It was instituted years ago to enable unsuccessful fluke anglers to bring home a meal.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands reported a big improvement in Thursday’s fluking with larger fish being caught in deeper waters despite poor drifting conditions. Many of those fluke were in the 3-4-pound class, with a 6.5-pound pool winner. Capt. Ron Santee says heavy sinkers are a must for fishing those waters, Ninety-year-old Henry had his limit from among five legal fluke.

Small craft warnings are up this afternoon for gusty southwest winds extending to Saturday evening. The morning forecast is for SW at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. Showers are likely, with possible afternoon thunderstorms.

Chuck Many has added an Avenger 26 to his Tyman fleet to use at his second home in Hilton Head, South Carolina where his first trip resulted in a tarpon fight that ended in the fish’s favor — but successful casting to big jack crevelle.

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