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Grumpys Tackle

September 18, 2017:
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said there are some encouraging reports of striped bass being caught on the beach on bait, along with the small and medium bluefish. A kid fishing the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association's kids fishing derby landed a striper that had a big chunk of its tail taken off by a shark while the kid was reeling it in! The striper measured out to be 31 inches without its tail so it was a bigger bass. Safe to say there are still some big sharks in the area; there′s some large bluefish in the bay keeping the snappers company as well.

Previous Reports

  • September 11, 2017 Open or Close

    Bob at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the bluefish bite in the bay is still going strong. Cut bunker is taking more fish than artificials, and other natural baits are scoring as well. "I also had a few guys tell me that they are still getting sharks at night. Nothing huge but still a whole lotta fun." The bigger blues are in the bay; you have to move around until you find them.

  • September 4, 2017 Open or Close

    The guys at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said things were quiet Saturday because the rain kept a lot of folks off the beach. But before the rain, they were getting reports of decent-sized bluefish being pulled from the bay. The surf is still giving up brown sharks and some redfish as well – a fluke rig tipped with Gulp accounted for a 5.75-pounder caught by Polish Al in the surf, Ray said. Crabbing has been slower in Barnegat Bay near the shop, but there are still tons of snapper bluefish around.

  • August 28, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the fluke fishing continues to improve in the surf. Wes Darcy came in with a 26-inch, 6.45-pound fluke that hit a live snapper; Ray said it's the biggest fluke they've had weighed this summer that was caught on the beach. Boat anglers are catching them up to 8 pounds, he said. Gulp works well if you're targeting fluke in the suds and they're really not far out. If you're having trouble with snappers eating your Gulp, try catching the snappers and using them as the bait! Just a small fishfinder rig with a 40 octopus hook is the way to go. There are rays and sharks in the surf at night to keep the night fishermen entertained, he said. Jetty anglers are catching some triggerfish now. There are some bigger bluefish in the bay and a ton of snappers as well. Crabbing is okay off the local docks.

  • August 21, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they had good reports on the fluke fishing on Saturday. Some Island Beach State Park keepers are being caught on Gulp. Some larger ones near the inlet. There were lots of cow nose rays in the surf late in the week and a few sharks caught on fresh bunker and mackerel. Crabbing is a little slower but some guys are doing better than others, he said. Lots of snappers and small little fluke are being caught off the local docks.

Grumpys Tackle

Grumpys Tackle
906 N.W. Central Ave
Seaside, NJ 08752
phone: 732-830-1900

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