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Posted on September 30, 2019 Porgy fishing improves again After a brief drop-off in porgy action, Capt. Ron Santee says the scup are biting for fares on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands again. There was a nasty sea today, but the bite was on for porgies along with blowfish and out-of-season sea bass. Capt. Chris De Stefano fished aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club over the weekend as they couldn’t troll tuna in Toms Canyon, but moved off into the great depths and had another good day with swordfish as two of abut 120 and 160 pounds were boated. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that kingfish and blowfish were caught in Shark River Inlet yesterday, while little tunny moved in and out. Boaters have been catching school stripers in Point Pleasant Canal recently. Joe Melillo expects to get some eels in stock at Castaways Tackle on Thursday. The east wind was blowing about 15 knots this morning, and combined with a swell to create a rough surf around the low end of the tide. Vinny D’Anton did nothing casting in Shark River before moving to the beach at a higher tide where the results were the same. The only positive word from the surf was from an angler who had caught a small bass yesterday with sea lice on it —  a sign of  a migratory fish. I made some casts in the canal this morning, but saw nothing being caught before making a brief attempt at blackfishing and caught a 12-incher on crab just to break the ice. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports cocktail blues are still hitting mullet baits in the surf, while some small bass are being hooked on lures at dawn and dusk, The Mimi VI will be sailing open for bottom fish from Point Pleasant at 7 a.m. Friday. The fare is $75, and reservations can be made by calling 732 370- 8019. The forecast is for southwest winds at 10 knots in the morning before gusting to 20 in the afternoon.

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