Many years ago, I tried out for the Mepham H.S. freshman basketball team in North Bellmore, Long Island. That didn’t work out well for a short, skinny kid before I built myself up by weightlifting, but there was a great memory of that day as our varsity was being clobbered on the other side of the gym in a scrimmage by Manhasset High School from the north shore. That school had a black player who was absolutely dominant, and someone mentioned to me that he was reputed to be a great lacrosse player. As it turned out, Jim Brown was also pretty good at football — and ended up as probably the greatest running back and in the Hall of Fame. He went on to Syracuse University while I attended Colgate University and watched Brown dominate us for the next four years. Jim Brown died today at 87. R.I.P.

Sea bass reports were very good today despite some rough conditions. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported limits for most plus many jumbos. Both of the Miss Belmar boats had similar fishing. Jigs and Gulp worked best, The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a rough ride out, but good fishing later on. However, they won’t be fishing tomorrow due to the weather.

Striper reports were also very good today both in the bay and ocean.

A small craft advisory is up for Saturday with southeast winds at 10-15 knots but gusting to 25. Morning showers are possible.


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