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Capt. Sal Cursi was surprised to see the water temperature dropping as he ran down the beach this morning with Jim Curcio's Shenanigans from Morgan Marina in search of a big striper. Unfortunately, that sudden temperature drop had a negative effect on fishing as bunkers were scattered and deep. Only one bass of 26 pounds plus a bluefish were caught. Cursi said the bass still had green roe in it even though it's long past the spawning period. The water temperature increased 8 degrees from Long Branch up to the Highlands Bridge.  Allen Riley of South Plainfield said the water was colder in the Monmouth Beach surf this morning, but the swell was down. There was no sign of bait or fish, but he did catch a small blue on a Brandy's Minnow. I didn't notice the water temperature being much different at Point Pleasant, but  was happy to see the big swell down to a modest surf. It was very fishable, but nothing hit.    Capt. Rob Semkewyc has been catching plenty of big blues in Raritan Bay from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands by either chunking on readings or working around bunker schools. Stripers aren't caught every day, but his daughter, Courtney, of Atlantic Highlands,  boated a 20-pounder on Monday. That bluefishing in the bay was a lot better than most party boats experienced Tuesday on the ocean.       Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, weighed bass this week of 32 and 38 pounds for Brian Sweet of Wall and Jason Testa from Toms River after they were caught on bunkers to the north.  Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, says crabbing has been excellent in his area. Medium blues moved into Manasquan Inlet on Tuesday, but weren't hitting this morning. Lynn and Annette Strouse ran their small boat out of Atlantic Highlands on Tuesday to chunk off Keansburg, where they caught 14 big blues, but no bass. Today, Lynn marked some fish near the Reach and they chunked six stripers up to 20 pounds before the blues moved in.  Both Capt. Bob DeSantis of Skipjack II at Waretown and Capt. Dave De Gennaro  of Hi-Flier from Barnegat both reported Monday was like a desert in their area, perhaps due to the huge swell. De Gennaro also had a tough Saturday in the NE wind, but Capt. Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea called him into a trolling bite off Island Beach State Park on Sunday that produced stripers of 34, 38 and 40 pounds on Tony Maja white #4 bunker spoons for Jeff Boyer, Fred Baker and Bryan Jacobson.     The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant has one open spot on a Sunday to Monday canyon overnighter. Call 732 272-4445 for information. Those who didn't get to the Shimano "surf crew" demonstrations at the Shore last weekend can check out the new Shimano Long Cast Surf System at Jones Beach, Long Island on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ocean Parkway, Parking Field 6. Capt. Russ Binns of Coast Boating School has the following upcoming classes leading to the required boating certificate. Call 732-279-0562 to register for them:Eatontown West Marine - June 14 & 15 in morning from 9-12:30Toms River West Marine - June 16 & 17 from 6-9:30 PMRamsey Outdoors, Succasunna - June 16 & 17 from 6-9:30 PMGreen Pond Community House - June 17 & 18 from 7-10:30 PMOff Shore Marine, Branchville - June 18 & 19 from 6-9:30 PMTrevose, PA Fire House - June 18 & 19 from 7-10:30 PMPerth Amboy West Marine-- June 21 & 22 in morning 9-12:30Shelter Cove Marina, Tuckerton - June 21 & 22 in morning from 9-12:30

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