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Grumpys Tackle

May 22, 2017:
"Plenty of blues in the surf and more bass are being caught," says Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, adding that when it came to playing the blues, fresh bunker chunks hit the perfect key. Brenna Ashfield opted for hardware, though, and plugged a 34-inch chopper. Doug Ralph poppered a 29-inch striper, and it was a bucktail worked by Donnie Weaver that fooled a 31-inch linesider. A Grumpy Clam was the jam for a 12.55-pound bass beached by Dave Cooper, with a wad of Grumpy Bunker bringing home a 22.6-pound striper for Bob Komisky. Da Grump noted that schools of bunker were increasing and moving just beyond casting range, with bass beneath them. Kayak angler scored some hits on these bass.

Previous Reports

  • May 15, 2017 Open or Close

    A mix of stripers and bluefish are running the area suds and there are bass and choppers being caught in Barnegat Inlet as well reported Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Mike Whitmeyer sanded a 40-inch menhaden munching linesider, and it was a Grumpy Bunker that was the demise of a 38-inch striper beached by Cecil Weeast. Grumpy Bunker beat a 36-inch chopper for Mike Viscito, and it was an SP Minnow mugging of a 37-inch slammer by Eric Wilson. At Barnegat Inlet, the S&S Bucktail is the ticket for both bass and bluefish.

  • May 8, 2017 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle says the surf, bay and Barnegat Inlet are all providing exemplary fishing for bluefish, and there are some stripers in the mix too. Bunker, metals, poppers and plugs are all playing the blues. Max Kelping's 15.6-pound gator gripped a wad of meat o' menhaden would not let go, and Collin McCarthy poppered choppers measuring 35 and 37 inches. It was an AVA that did the trick on slammers weighing 11.5 and 12.6 pounds for Nick Patia and Andrew McCarthy respectively. While blues are still the power bayside, there are schoolie stripers and weakfish being caught. A 4-pound weakie whacked a plastic shad worked by CJ Ratshin last week. Crabbing is on the upswing too we hear from Grumpy.

  • May 1, 2017 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle is pleased at the growing counts of stripers appearing in the surf. These are inhaling Grumpy Clam and Grumpy Bunker offerings. The good action with big blues continues along all area beaches, and Stellios Pantelaras caught a pair measuring 35 inches that weighed 9.9 and 10.1 pounds. Bayside, the local docks are producing jumbo blues, and Sean worked poppers to lasso gators to 15 pounds.

  • April 24, 2017 Open or Close

    "Blues, blues and more blues," bellowed Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle as he described the slammer bluefish that were terrorizing both the beachfront and bayside waters. They are tearing into fresh bunker chunks and he expects them to start pulverizing plugs and metals any day. A chunk of Grumpy bunker bewitched blues weighing 9.85 pounds and 10.9 pounds for Dan Iannaccone and Aslam Mayet respectively, and it was meat of menhaden that did in choppers measuring 33 and 34 inches for Jay Hmielewski. Kevin Malone bucked the trend and beached a 14.4-pound slammer that plastered a plastic shad. There are plenty of short bass in the suds, and it's advised to go to smaller hooks and baits to get in on the schoolie action. The new store hours are 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Grumpys Tackle

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

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