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The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands finished up its season with a flourish today despite the weather. Capt. Rob Semkowyc said his daughter stayed at the rail and released 20 short bass. Though there are plenty of shorts between the channels, keepers became very hard to catch the last couple of weeks. Capt. Stan Zagleski reports blackfishing has been good from his Elaine B. out of Highlands. Limits and near limits are common, with pool tog in the 7-pound class. Green crabs have been working better than white-leggers or Asians. Considering today's snow and the 90 percent forecast of rain on Monday, anglers are advised to call skippers before coming down. Surfcasting conditions were good early this morning as the northeast wind didn't blow until later. However, low tide conditions made it best to wade out to bars -- but anglers who did so took a beating. I didn't see anyone catching fish, and moved to Point Pleasant for deeper water. Unfortunately, there were no hits. Bob Matthews, of Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, said school bass were caught in quantity Saturday from north of Shark River Inlet to Sandy Hook. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reports good action with schoolies, but also had their first weigh-in in weeks -- though it was a barely legal 28.5-incher of 8.25 pounds caught on a clam by Joe Csenteri.

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