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Unless the weather forecast is way off, there's not going to be much fishing done during the next few days. Small craft warnings are posted for east winds up to 30 mph through Thursday. Even the Jamaica from Brielle has shut down their striper trips until 7:30 a.m. Friday. Capt. Howard Bogan reported reading bass over the weekend, but they wouldn't hit. Capt. Rob Semkewyc is also taking a few days off with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands as east winds against the morning ebb in Raritan Bay will make even that area unfishable. He marked bass today, but they never turned on as a few keepers and shorts were hooked. Chuck Many of Annandale had plenty of bunkers to use after a single throw of the cast net from Ty Man out of Gateway Marina in Highlands by Nellie Greer of Bethlehem, Pa. We got off to a late start, but Many found marks toward the Staten Island side and there was a bite on live bunkers. A later attempt at chunking produced only one more bass, bringing the boat up to 12 releases before having to get back to the dock by noon. Matt Calabria of Hazlet caught the only one casting a shad, and it was the largest at 24.6 pounds -- a short, fat fish bursting with roe to be shed very shortly in the Hudson River. Capt. Sal Cursi got into a good chunking bite in the same area while fishing with Jim Curcio on Shananigans from Morgan Marina. They had several bass over 25 pounds, including a 36-pounder. Cursi also caught a 25-pound male that's exceptionally large for a male.  Capt. Jim McFarland had a party from Delaware aboard his Big Mac from Green Harbor, Ma. that boated 72 cod from 6 to 15 pounds before adding 23 haddock in an hour.

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