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Some party boats will resume sailing on Thursday after Jose kept everyone ashore since the weekend. The Golden Eagle from Belmar will be looking for the hot chumming action they had been enjoying with bonito, little tunny, chub mackerel and (on some days) bluefish. Many other party boats may be fishing, but be sure to check with skippers before coming down. Capt. Rob Semkewyc was able to fish in Raritan Bay on Sunday with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, and had lots of action with 2-to-5-pound blues on jigs. There were birds diving, and heavy fish readings as shown below. Not surprisingly with the warm waters, there were no stripers mixed in. Semkewyc will only fish weekends until the bass show up, but he is chartered this coming Saturday. The N.J. Boat Show & Expo will run this weekend in First Energy Park at Lakewood. The show opens Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Though I did nothing casting into Point Pleasant Canal at daylight, a return later on the slack produced the expected action with blackfish up to a 14 1/2-incher on green crabs.  Vinny D'Anton of Wall said the tide was so high in Shark River yesterday morning that it was actually dangerous with a swell coming in through the inlet from the big waves offshore. The waves hitting the beaches are going down, but it will take a day or two for the waters to clear before we get more big waves from Hurricane Maria next week. Hopefully, the mullet run will get started before then.

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