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Posted on February 1, 2020 A bad weather surprise As noted in yesterday’s blog, calm seas looked like a sure thing this morning based on the forecast. Yet, the Ocean Explorer from Belmar was greeted by a suddenly rough sea upon heading out of Shark River Inlet, and had to back off plans to fish deeper waters for bigger blackfish. They did end up with slightly better fishing than the day before, though not good enough. The ocean settled after a few hours, and there were a couple of dozen short tog released while a few keepers and ling plus a cod were boated.  They plan to fish in 120-140-foot depths tomorrow in hopes of finding bigger blacks. The Canyon Runner Seminar tomorrow in Atlantic City is sold out, so there will be no tickets for sale at the door. The Raritan Bay Anglers Club Fishing Flea Market runs tomorrow in E Hotel & Convention Center, 50 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, with no charge for kids under 12.  Capt. Vinnie Vetere will also be there with his Ho-Jos and bunker spoons. The marine weather forecast is even better tomorrow, with north winds at just 5-10 knots.The Jamaica from Brielle will be taking advantage of that to run to far offshore wrecks at 1 a.m. for jumbo porgies and a shot at cod and pollock (see below). All 732 528-5014 for reservations. Chuck Manny kept going back to his Ty Man in Cape Charles, Va. to take four straight skunking’s while release fishing for striped bass before breaking through again today.

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