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Murphy's Hook House

November 13, 2017:
At Murphy's Hook House, they were hearing of short striped bass being caught on artificials on the beach. There were some nice bass being reported from the Monmouth County beaches and the Brick Beach area, so they were hoping those bass will move into reach for the Island Beach State Park guys. Kyle Kozlowski picked up stripers in the Spring Lake surf on SP Minnows. Another customer stopped in and reported a 30-inch bass hit a Gibbs pencil popper in Lavallette at first light. The bass bite on live eels was still good in the Point Pleasant Canal, they said.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    At Murphy's Hook House, there are scattered short bass with a few keepers mixed in off the local beaches along with a few small blues. Fishing with artificials and a teaser helps and don't stick to one spot if you're not getting bites. Bunker chunks are the preferred bait at the moment for the bass though some are being caught on clams. There were some fish around early morning, at dusk and into the night. One customer came in just after dark and said he had three shorts at Island Beach State Park using a Jetty Ghost rainfish with a teaser at dusk. All three fish hit in the wash. Those fishing live eels at the canal are doing well after dark. They had fresh clams and fresh bunker over the weekend.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    At Murphy's Hook House, regular customer Brian Lindner stopped in with his wife, Christina, to show off the blackfish she caught – her first tog ever, Brian said. "I begged and begged her to go even though it was a little choppy in the bay." The surf reports were quiet heading into the weekend, they said. There were some short bass on artificials in the back. The canal and the north jetty are giving up blackfish on green crabs and those throwing eels and SP Minnows in the canal are picking up blues and the occasional bass. They have the gear and the bait you need – stop in and see them and create your own fishing report.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    At Murphy's Hook House, they said there are short bass being caught in the surf on artificials fished with a teaser. Move around if you can. Those fishing bait are urged to use bunker chunks and mullet to pick up the some small blues and short bass. Virginia and Gene Murphy picked up gator blues at the canal on live eels and SP Minnows. Short bass were caught on small swimmers and swim shads in the bay and the Toms River. They are stocked with the bait you're looking for.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    At Murphy's Hook House, they were reporting that the weather had put a damper on participation in surf fishing but they were hoping things would improve along with the improving conditions. They were recommending artificial lures and moving around to give yourself the best chance of catching something. Crabbing has been spotty in the back bay and the Toms River. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on bait availability.

Murphy's Hook House

Murphy's Hook House
2701 State Hwy 37 East
Toms River, NJ 08753
phone: 732-270-3856

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