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The winter mackerel run is long overdue and the Golden Eagle from Belmar will be trying to find them along with the abundant sea herring this weekend. Capt. Jimmy Elliott sails both days at 7:30 a.m.  The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported much more life on the bottom Thursday, after their first trip since the storm produced very little the day before. One angler had a blackfish limit, and most of the others bagged one to three keepers. Some short tog were released. The Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset continues through Sunday. John Mazurkiewicz reports the G. Loomis display will include the complete fly rod line-up, including the NRX 5# LP - winner of George Anderson's Yellowstone Angler 2016 5-Weight Shootout, and the ICAST award winning PRO4x ShortStix rods. Steve Rajeff, Tom Larimer and Dick Kondak, along with local and area pro staff, will be on-site to answer any questions. • Noted anglers including Oliver White and Eric and Moe Newman will be in the booth at times throughout the weekend, while Ian Devlin and Mark Sedotti, noted East Coast anglers who worked closely with Steve Rajeff in designing the PRO4x ShortStix, will be in booth on Saturday. • Need some casting help? Steve Rajeff will be giving his "Better Loops for Accuracy and Distance' casting demos on Friday at 2:45pm, and again on Sunday at 10:15am. • After show ends on Friday night, G. Loomis will again be the presenting sponsor for the International Fly Fishing Film Fest (http://www.flyfilmfest.com). This special event  starts at 6:30pm at the Hilton Doubletree - connected to the Garden State Convention Center. 

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