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Weather forecasts since last week had been calling Monday a washout, and that seemed to have kept almost everyone at home.  Yet, just as was the case all weekend, there wasn't a drop at the Shore through 5 p.m. as we await a possible thunder storm before dark. The strong south wind was a problem, and some boats along the Shore cancelled because of that. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar decided to wait until Tuesday to make her switch to fluking. Though Raritan Bay would have been fishable, party boats up there were also affected by the forecast as few anglers showed up. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands expects to be fluking in the morning before the Tuesday Magic Hours trip for big stripers.   Bob Matthews reported from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina that Shirley Williams of Lakewood put Shark River boaters to shame by catching a 6-pound, 10-ounce fluke from the L St. Pier on a killie. He also noted that surfcasters are catching some stripers on clams. One angler had his rod dragged into the surf on a hit, but managed to snag it with his other rod -- and ended up with a 42-inch striper. Vinny D'Anton of Wall had some news about casting in Shark River as he released two 18-inch stripers on a 1/8-ounce Zoom jig before later catching two 5-pound blues on a Chug Bug -- and finishing up with the jig that was hit by an 8-pound blue that was eventually released. Capt. John Kolias, of Reel Fun at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, will explain his fluke fishing tips at Tuesday night's meeting of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County at 8 p.m. in the American Legion, 33 West Passaic St,n Rochelle Park. Non-members are  welcome for a $5 fee that includes a 50/50 ticket and refreshments. Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island-Registration Deadline Extended The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering workshops for women on August 5 and for families on August 6 as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. The workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills like bay fishing, crabbing and clamming, kayaking and salt marsh exploration. Terrapin talks with live hatchlings will also presented! The registration deadline for these exciting and educational workshops has been extended to July 14th. For more information, including to register for the workshops by July 14, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.

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