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July 22, 2014
"The fluke bite is back in the surf, and some kingfish are showing, and there have been a few bass around. Some are making it to the scale, and some aren't," reports Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, adding that cocktail bluefish are also on the slash 'n gash roam in the suds. It's bucktail/Gulp! for the flatfish, Fishbites or bloodworms for the royals, and bunker chunks and metals for the bass and blues. John Walters sanded a 23 inch flattie, and Mike Pierce put it to a 10-pound linesider. Bayside, the crabbing is about to redline, and the growing-by-the-minute snappers are all over spearing under a float.
July 15, 2014:
Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle claims that suds line fluke fishing picked up over the weekend, and bucktail/Gulp! was doing the catching. Lou DeFonteny sanded a flattie weighing six pounds, and it a pair at 18-1/2 and 20-1/2 inches for Steve Clerenger. He reminds all about the "Two at 16 Inches" regulations currently in effect at Island Beach State Park. Small bluefish were on the mullet munch, with schoolie and the rare-but-there-keeper striper inhaling fresh bunker chunks. Bayside is all about good to excellent crabbing, and the snapper blues are getting bigger by the day.
July 8, 2014:
"The crabbing has really taken off in the bay, and there are big ones being caught. And, the snappers blues are back!" exclaims Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. The future slammers are putting the jaw line needles to small spearing and small strips of squid fished under a float. There are schools of one to three pound blues popping up around the bay, and these are on the AVA-17 and Hopkins hammer. Fluke activity still centers on the BB and BI buoys, and he reminds all that there is a two fluke at 16 inch limit from the sands at Island Beach State Park, and all retained must be checked in at the designated location. Out front there have been sporadic catches of stripers, and a Grumpy Clam was the jam for a 38- inch linsider dragged in by Tom Spezzano.
July 1, 2014:
"The BB and BI buoys are still solid for fluke using Gulp! with a bucktail teaser, and there are bluefish behind Island Beach State Park that are hitting small poppers and plugs," reports Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Island Beach State Park is under special regulations for fluke, and people are liking the two fish at the 16- inch minimum, and they are waxing the four inch Gulp! Swimming Mullet joined to a bucktail or jig head. The mandatory check station is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are bigger flatties to be caught, evidenced by the 23- inch fluke brought in by John Walters. Stripers remain the unexpected guests, and it was a Grumpy bunker-bust of a 37- inch linesider by Paul Nyitrai .Brown sharks are patrolling the suds after dark and are also being caught in the bay. Crabbing is suddenly the shizzle sizzle at the Mantoloking Bridge.
June 24, 2014:
"Bayside, it's the BI and BB buoys for some keeper fluke. Spro, Andrus, Old Man's Tackle Box and the S&S Squidster bucktails...any of them tipped with a four inch Gulp! Swimming Mullet or Ghost Shrimp is going to put fluke in the boat. The color of the Gulp! doesn't matter," advises Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Stripers are here and there out front. It was snag 'n drop corralling of a 53.1 pound cow by Tommy Tomensky, and Phil LaGrossa's menhaden manacled a 35.8 pound linesider. Tim Molchan plugged a suds line 22 inch weakfish.
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