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  • February 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Vinnie at the Reel Seat said a lot of folks were chomping at the bit to get out on this past weekend's Voyager trip to Block Island for cod; weather was a big disappointment all around. While last Friday's trip was cancelled, this week's trip is sold out in expectation of getting out on the long-range trip. Vinnie said there's another midrange cod trip scheduled on the Voyager for Sunday with a few spots open, and folks have been coming in the shop for cod jigging teasers to get geared up

  • January 22, 2018 Open or Close

    Eric at the Reel Seat said a few guys are getting out for some blackfish. You need to fish the 80- to 100-foot depths to find them but there are still some there. He said the boats going to the Mud Hole are picking away at ling and an occasional cod. There's fish to catch when the weather isn't too mean. He said the shop is gearing up for show season and you will find them at the Surf Day at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, the Berkeley Fishing Club Flea Market in Seaside and the Asbury Park Fishing Flea Market, as well as the Saltwater Fishing Show in Somerset.

  • January 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Not too much going on over at The Reel Seat except prepping for the Pulley Ridge trip in Key West with the world famous Yankee Capts! Dave at the Reel Seat does this trip every year, and has the charter scheduled for February 5-8. Trophy snapper and grouper fishing, with blackfin tuna jigging as well. "We will be splitting the trip between deep water fishing 300- to 800-foot and fishing up the bank in water from 200 to 300 feet," Dave said. If you're looking for a reason to get away, stop by the Reel Seat this week to inquire about spots.

  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    Eric at the Reel Seat said guys were still catching striped bass down to Seaside, both trolling and jiggng under birds up until Christmas, with plenty of small bass on the beach as well. Anything that imitates sand eels is working, and small plugs are catching fish. "A teaser above the plug is a must," Eric said. Working your way along the beach is your best bet for finding the fish, he said. Blackfishing has been fair but the colder weather should help improve that bite. There are reports of winter flounder being pulled from the Manasquan River, with the old standbys, sandworms and clams, being the preferred baits. There are hickory shad in the area as well for those wanting to stock up on bait. Moving into the new year, Eric said the best way to keep catching fish is to pare down your gear. Smaller hooks, lighter tackle is the way to go.

The Reel Seat

The Reel Seat
707 Union Avenue , Rte 71
Brielle, NJ 08730
phone: 732-223-5353 | fax: 732-223-4440


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