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There were nasty seas Sunday, and with a similar forecast for Columbus Day, be sure to check with skippers before coming down. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is the only party boat that committed to fishing tomorrow. They did well with porgies, but lines had to be fished a bit off bottom. The Golden Eagle from that port reported a solid pick of 3-to-6-pound blues. They won't be fishing until Tuesday. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant won't be fishing for blues on Monday. The Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands had good conditions to start blackfishing today, but anchoring got tough when the south wind kicked in. Yet, the tog continued to bite. Dave Brink caught 17 tog of legal size plus shorts -- keeping the one 6-pounder allowed to win the pool and releasing the rest. There were also some porgies and sea bass plus two porcupinefish. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands got into blues averaging 4 pounds, but there were a few larger choppers jigged -- including an 11-pounder by by Ryan Von Tassel. Little tunny were spotted, but were rough to catch. Ray Sorriente has been looking for little tunny, and he found them Friday at Shrewsbury Rocks though he couldn't get hits casting. Trolling Clark Spoons produced lots of release action.

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