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Posted on August 26, 2019 At last a shift from NE The persistent northeast wind has shifted to the east and diminished. There are still small craft advisories for tomorrow, with 3-5-foot seas, but fishing activity should increase. The Golden Eagle from Belmar hasn’t sailed the last two days, but they’re anxious  to get back to the good jigging they had for small bluefish along with some Spanish mackerel and bonito — plus a shot at sea bass and ling. Capt. Ron Santee sailed his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands today and found conditions weren’t as bad as anticipated. Bill Richold had a fluke limit and the 6 1/2-pound pool winner, while others picked at keepers and shorts. The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reported good water is back in Hudson Canyon, and so are the tuna that had been missing. They trolled seven yellowfins during the last trip, and the party had all they wanted before leaving early while a bigeye bite started then as two boats combined for eight. The Canyon Runner has a couple of open boat spots at a discount over the weekend. Call 732 272-4445 about that opportunity. Small blues are showing up inshore as blogger Dan reported 2-4-pounders in Shrewsbury River Sunday morning, and Vinny D’Anton said there were a few blues and school stripers in Shark River this morning. Joe Melillo of Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant cast metal in Point Pleasant Canal for small blues this morning.  The surf may be dirty after all the wind, but should clear up after a few tides. The forecast for tomorrow is east winds at 5-10 knots. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant sails open for bottom fish at 7 a.m. with a guest skipper — Capt. Dennis Bogan. The fare is $75. Call 732 370-8019 for a reservation.

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