Lots of cod were shoveled up, on days when weather was fair enough to sail, on the party boat Captain Al, Capt. Tom Weiss said. The keeper ratio seemed to be improving, and the fish schooled mostly in 60 to 80 feet of water, 5 to 12 miles from the inlet. That’s still close to shore, and the cod will probably move deeper, like usual, as the ocean cools in winter. The water was currently 41 or 41 ½ degrees, a lower temperature than before, on the fishing grounds. Most of the cod were clammed, but a few were jigged. Sometimes herring were jigged, when anglers jigged for cod. Lots of bait was marked, and what the bait was couldn’t be known, but most were probably herring. No trip sailed Monday, and forecasts for 5- to 8-foot seas kept anglers from showing up. But Tom hoped to sail today, and weather sounded better for the next days. The Captain Al is this site’s nearest boat to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily. The trips are running 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.