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Capt. Allen Hilliard of the Prowler 5 family party boat business in Atlantic Highlands passed away at 82 on Sept. 9 at Bayshore Community Medical Center in Holmdel. Tindell Rd., Middletown.  Ironically, Prowler mate Rob Izzo of East Keansburg died at just 34 the next day. He will be in the next room at the funeral home.  Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst had another charter today with Capt. John Contello on Just Sayin from Keyport, and the blackfishing was a repeat of Friday's great action in 20-foot depths. Though only one tog per person could be kept, they released lors of tog over 15 inches and up to a 8-pounder. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported good action chumming for bonito with some little tunny and chub mackerel mixed in.  The Sunday to Monday canyon trip was slow both in Hudson Canyon at night and 30 miles inshore the next day. The next canyon trip on Sunday at 6 p.m. has some spaces available by reservation. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den, noted that boaters can load up on porgies, and that some small stripers are being caught in the surf. The Queen Mary from Punt Pleasant had a different chumming report as they did well with blues and mackerel, but only had some bonito. They won't be sailing Wednesday. Vinny D'Anton of Wall had a great Monday casting into Shark River as stripers started rolling on the change of tide and he was able to release a 26-incher on a popper before catching 13 more small bass on the Storm Searchbait jig. Unfortunately, there was no repeat of that hot bite this morning, and he settled for two small bass. Tommy Cox had released two small bass in the dark, and later managed two large blues on a popper. I released a 25-inch blue on a Pili popper.. Chuck Many of Annandale took his son Tyler with his girl friend Keri Boyle plus her family out on a sightseeing and fishing trip Sunday to the Hudson River aboard Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as Kaye, Chris and Karen Boyle helped  release two stripers up to 33 inches, and a 27-inch weakfish, small sea bass and porgies, and a legal fluke. The New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily the weekend after Labor Day each year at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. The Expo is free of charge and takes place rain or shine. The WILD Outdoor Expo is hosted by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, the State Forestry Services and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The event also has several sponsors, and exhibitors and vendors from the field of outdoor recreation will be on site. Food vendors will also participate; you are welcome to bring and enjoy your own in the picnic tent. Please leave pets at home - only dogs participating in events and service dogs are permitted on the grounds. The Expo helps people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars are planned for the weekend. Visitors can learn about, and try, a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more. 2017 Schedule of Events(pdf, 455kb) Directions EXPO Map(pdf, 280kb) FAQs  

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