The crew at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle had a busy Saturday with the NERBs rod building workshop. "It's great to see so much interest in rod building and we look forward to seeing some of your work," was the word from Grumpy, adding his thanks to Billy Vivona for making the event possible, and "all the great builders who took time out of their busy schedules to give demonstrations and answer questions." While casters are anxious to start tossing swim shad out front, most everyone at the shop is gearing up for this Saturday's Surf Day event at Brookdale.
The crew at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle is amped up about the NERB event with Billy Vivona this Saturday. "This Saturday at the Shop, $20, food included and learn from some of the best," the crew said. This is a great rod-building workshop for those interested. Be sure to check out the ODM NEX1 one-piece blanks in stock too which officially went on sale this week.
Frankie at Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle says it's slow, though they've been rebuilding the whole rod-building area for the February 11 NERBs event. "Nobody's been on the beach to speak of," Frankie said of the surf scene since last week's nor'easter. "We lost a lot of beach from Ortley north, but down here's it's not been so bad," he said. Other than that, it's just rod building and reel repair, though he's gotten some new product in that's worth a look.
"Actually, it was pretty cool. A guy who received a custom surf rod for Christmas was out earlier in January and caught a short bass on a small SP Minnow. That's the way to christen a rod and start a season," said Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle where, as usual, boxes stuffed with all sorts of new 2017 angling goodies were crowding the store. After reminding all sand soldiers to bring in their reels and rods that need service andor repairs before the springtime rush, he announced that there will be an all-encompassing rod building seminar Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. "If you want to build a rod, this is a 'must-attend' seminar," exhorted Ray. The seminar will be conducted by the custom rod industry icon Billy V. from the renowned Staten Island Nerbs. Attendance price is $20. Call the shop for additional details.