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Even as a hurricane threatens states far south of us there was good news in the local weather forecast that reduced northeast wind predictions considerably after small craft warnings come down by Thursday evening. The weekend that looked terrible, now seems to be fine before gusty winds hit Sunday and Monday. Few party boats sailed today, and some have cancelled for Thursday, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported all you want jumbo blues from 10 to 18 pounds on Run-Off Hammered jigs and bait. Miss Belmar Princess ran east of Shark River Inlet to jig the same size jumbos. The Golden Eagle got in a canyon trip earlier in the week, but had to run almost 130 miles to find a few yellowfin tuna plus a swordfish. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had tougher porgy fishing in rough seas on Tuesday, but did better today in the same conditions -- especially during one drop when the scup were in the 2-to-2 1/2-pound class. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported better surf conditions with mall blues on mullet baits and metals. Point Pleasant Canal once again produced lots of short blackfish plus increasing numbers of blowfish. A preliminary report from the MAFMC meeting in Galloway indicates that the proposal to protect river herring and shad from commercial by-catch was not approved.

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