Went yesterday out of Jones inlet on a friends boat. Weather was perfect, ocean was as flat as i ever seen it. Went straight the Atlantic beach reef, where my friend had action two weeks ago. However, not a sniff, totallly dead, cold water finally shut em down. With flat clam ocean, decided to run south to deeper water. On way out, observed a small whale, which appeared to be in trouble, with a NOAA research vessel standing close by. Stopped in 130 feet and drifted some peices. Plenty of bergal life on the bottom, picked a few ling, and then tried to anchor up. After getting on the spot we tried green crabs, only had a dozen crabs left after this cold winter, but they did the trick and we landed 11 blacks, one shy of limit for three of us. After crabs were gone we had to use clam again, catching a few more nice ling and one keeper cod. All and all a great day on the water, hope the whale is ok, as we passed it on the way in, still in same area.