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Posted on October 7, 2020 N.J. sea bass opens tomorrow Weather permitting, most N.J. party boats will be fishing tomorrow for sea bass which opens for the rest of the month with the same 12 1/2-inch minimum, but a 10 fish bag limit. Most will be sailing limited trips, and may have different sailing times. Be sure to call for reservations. The Golden Eagle from Belmar released many fat sea bass today, but their fares were happy with the medium to large blues they jigged. They went east of the reef and also saw tuna and little tunny out there. Bob Matthews says he’s all geared up for sea bass at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina. He noted that the Golden Eagle had blues to over 15 pounds today. Large kingfish are being caught in Shark River. but surfcasting has been slow lately. Capt. Ron Santee Jr. started catching porgies this morning on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands before the wind came on hard and it went downhill from there. As a result he won’t be fishing tomorrow in all the wind. Today is the deadline to sign up for this weekend’s Barrier Island Beach Brawl at http://www.saltwater underground/shop. A gale warning is up tonight with southwest gusts to 40 knots, but it switches in the morning to northwest 15-20 plus gusts to 25 knots.

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