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Boaters got a break today after two days of east winds that created a rough ocean. There was still a swell to bother surfcasters, but conditions were much improved. Fluking seems to be best in deeper ocean waters. Capt. Ryan Bogan, of Jamaica II from Brielle, reports he was out every day this week except for Thursday's northeaster. He's been seeing many 3-to-6-pound fluke caught among the shorts plus some "huge" porgies. There was a new monthly leader on Friday as Ho J. Kim of Ft.Lee had a 9.4-pound fluke in his limit catch. Other limits this week were posted by Ed Nolan of Manasquan and Pete Televi from Trenton with fluke up to 6 pounds -- and Young Park of Howell up to 5 pounds. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported those jigging had a big advantage today in a slow drift as some 3-to-9-pound fluke were boated. There was only a pick of bluefish today on the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but those caught ranged up to 18 pounds -- and there were also some little tunny. Most of the action was on bait, though some hit Run-Off Hammered jigs. At Seaside Park, Grumpy's Tackle reported that Doug Ralph plugged another 29-inch striper on a popper, but this one weighed a bit more at 9.55 pounds  than the one landed earlier n the week. Betty & Nick's had a report from a customer of small blues hitting bait in the surf on every cast, plus three on a Deadly Dick. Vinny D'Anton had a 23-inch striper hit his Chug Bug in the Spring Lake surf this morning. I tried briefly at Sea Girt, where the swells were breaking on shallow spots a cast offshore. It didn't look good, and I didn't see anything caught by other anglers. Joe Melillo reported from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that local pros casting jigs at night in Point Pleasant Canal hooked some medium bluefish.

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