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The DEP reports a special fishing opportunity: High school aged students have a chance to participate in the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 20 as part of a team. The High School Team Category is for students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group. The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants. For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm#teens. The Ocean Explorer did get out from Belmar on Tuesday, and conditions offshore were so good that it was hard to prevent swinging on the anchor. Though the bottom had been dead recently, there was lots of bergall life Tuesday with a pick of decent cod and blackfish plus some short tog. The high hook among the small group aboard had two keeper tog and a cod. Mikey Verges bagged a blackfish and a pollock. Crab baits tipped with clam or shrimp worked best. After the present rain and wind backs off, there may be another window of opportunity for the Ocean Explorer on Friday.

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