New Jersey’s ocean waters remain open all year for strpers, but the internal waters are closed until spring in order to prevent snagging of dormant stripers — though white perch fishing is encouraged. Those rivers aren’t ready for ice fishing yet, but often produce big catches when conditions are right.

Absecon Bay Sportsman Center is trying to keep bloodworms in stock , but call first at 609 484-0409

Nick Honachesky will be doing a meet-and-greet at the Wildwood Fish and Boating Expo over the weekend.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 and 4-6=foot seas.

Blackfishing is getting a lot of attention. Capt. Ralph Leyer will stick with it on his Last Lady from Belmar as long as the fishing holds up. Call him at 732 988-8907 for openings.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is running a limited tog trip every Tuesday and Friday through February. Call 732 370-8019 for details and reservations.

Eric Kerber shows off the big tog from among 14 keepers on his last northern N.J. trip

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