Surf fishing has been affected by wind and rough, running current. There are a lot of smallish fish in the surf throughout the area.

Kingfish and 1-2 pound bluefish are plentiful, along with the occasional blowfish and the rare baby black drumfish. Striped bass are starting to increase, but mainly at night in the inlets or along the back-bay sod banks with a few in the surf at dusk or dawn.

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Tautog are hugging the rockplies and sod banks. Plenty of tog are being caught but with a lot small fish under 14 inches that have to be returned.

Over the past few days, and it looks like this weekend, weather roughed up the ocean so not much went on inshore. Weakfish, porgy, and medium blues were caught on inshore wrecks and reefs just before that.

The water temperatures remain relatively warm - anglers registered 69-70 degrees Thursday night in Beach Haven Inlet.

Margaret O'Brien reported from Jingle's Bait and Tackle that the beach at Holgate on the south end of Long Beach Island is closed again because the entrance ramp is washed out. She said it is the worst conditions there she has seen in a "long time." That hits surfcasters with beach buggies hard.

 

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