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Posted on January 23, 2020 Good blackfish conditions Though the weekend looks poor at this time, the next two days appear to be ideal for blackfishing which is still holding up inshore due to the lack of very cold water. The  forecast for Thursday is just west at 5 knots with seas of one foot or less. Getting set on anchor may be the biggest problem for blackfish boats. At Belmar, the Ocean Explorer reported good Tuesday blackfishing (see photo below) with many of the tog in the in the 5-8-pound class and some limits along with a few keeper cod and ling. The Big Mohawk will also be sailing open tomorrow at 7 a.m. At Point Pleasant, the Mimi VI is sailing open Mondays and Fridays in January from 6:30 to 4 with a maximum of 15 passengers for a fare of $120 that includes all crabs. Thursdays and Saturdays will be limited to 25 at 7 a.m. with green crabs provided for an $80 fare. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations. The Jamaica from Brielle is hoping for weather good enough on Saturday when they’ve scheduled a trip to offshore wrecks for jumbo porgies, cod and pollock at 1 a.m.  Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The Feb. 1 Canyon Runner Seminar in Atlantic City is almost sold out, but they still have five free tickets for active or retired military. Adam La Rosa is also offering $50 off on tickets for First Responders. Call 732 272-4445. Rio Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica recently had a group from White Water Marine on Long Island at the camp to enjoy a run of yellowfin tuna in the 80-110-pound class plus a 180-pounder. They also caught blue marlin and the range of inshore species from snappers to roosterfish.

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