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The raw east wind put a big dent in fishing today, but Tuesday was winner for Capt. Stan Zagleski on his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands. For the second time this week, Zagleski left the smaller fluke in the bay to take a shot in the ocean that paid off. There were lots of fluke over 4 pounds, and even some limits. Pete Talevi of Ewing took the pool with a 7.11-pounder; Doug Kay from Union Beach had two 5.5-pounders in his limit; Carmine Rutledge of Newark included a 5.6-pound fluke in his limit; and Rich Daniels of Phillipsburg limited up to 4.13 pounds. Zagleski didn't get out this morning, but will surely be looking for those hefty fluke as soon as ocean conditions permit. Capt. Pete Clarke will be running his new Ocean Master 31 for striped bass as well as in shark tournaments and for tuna out of Total Marine in Belmar. To contact Clarke, visit jandhcharters.com, or call 908 309-8833. Clarke mated yesterday on two trips for Capt. Rich Kotszyu of Michelle Ann from Shark River Inlet. They caught big bass from Long Branch to Island Beach State Park on live bunkers. Eight bass in the morning ranged up to 44 pounds, and seven were taken that afternoon. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports his son, Joe, caught a 33-pound bass on a bunker off the Red Church Tuesday. Surf bass that day included a 17 3/4-pounder plugged at Bay Head by James Barry of Point Pleasant, and a 15 1/8-pounder by John Longo of Jersey City on an SP Minnow at Point Pleasant.   Capt. Mark Roy ran his Release Me from Raritan Marina to chunk Sunday west of the Navy Pier for 50 blues caught by Debbie Freibott, and Johnny, John and Ryan Gyurik -- while Katrhy Freibott boated her first striper. The Cock Robin from Point Pleasant had excellent bluefish jigging on Tuesday, but will not sail tomorrow due to the weather.

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