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Grumpys Tackle

July 24, 2017:
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle was hearing good reports on the shark fishing in the surf and improved numbers of surf-caught fluke as well. "Mostly all shorts but it was good to hear about more being caught," he said. There are tons of cow nose rays in the area so keep an eye on your rod while you're fishing the surf. Barnegat Bay has a ton of crabs and snapper blues. The shark fishing is a mix of brown sharks and sand tigers, with the occasional hammerhead thrown in. Ray said it's some of the best surf shark fishing they've seen in a while.

Previous Reports

  • July 17, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle was out Sunday with friends and they caught several nice fluke, a good sign that there are fish around. The shop had reports of bluefish anywhere from 3 to 8 pounds being taken on bunker and mullet. "Not crazy fishing but a decent pick of them," he said. Fluke are being taken off the beach. Bucktails on a Gulp teaser rig is key, he said. Those targeting the sharks haven't brought back reports so far but they have been off the Seaside Park and Island Beach State Park beaches. Getting the baits out far is important for success. Reminder, the sharks are protected and should be kept in the water while you release them. Crabbing is still excellent and the snapper fishing in the bay is picking up by the day.

  • July 10, 2017 Open or Close

    Sand tiger sharks and big bluefish are the talk at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Ray said some gator blues are being taken on bait in the area, along with small to medium-sized blues. Fluke are hitting in the wash on Gulp and there are kingfish as well. Try small pieces of clam, squid, or Fishbites on a kingfish rig. The guys are catching them on lighter rods and holding them to feel the bite, he said. The sand tigers have been big ones, 6-footers or more, keeping guys busy, and mackerel is the bait of choice. Make sure you keep an eye on your rods and get your bait out as far as you can to have the best chance at these big fish. Big bluefish are providing good action on the bars and hitting spoons, he said.

  • July 3, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the kingfish have arrived along with the July Fourth holiday weekend. Fishing reports were a bit scarce over the weekend thanks to the state government shutdown that closed Island Beach State Park. Ray said he heard some reports of decent fluke action on the Seaside Park surf before the lifeguards came on duty. There also are larger snapper blues being caught in the bay, he said. The kingfish are taking small pieces of clam or squid on a kingfish rig. It's been a while since the kingfish have been around, so enjoy this tasty treat while you can. Crabbing in the bay has been excellent, he said.

  • June 26, 2017 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle tells of a very lean pick in the area surf with only a few blues fish and fluke being caught, and there were no weigh-ins to report. Bayside crabbing is the highlight as big numbers of big blueclaws continue the menhaden munch in traps and on drop lines.

Grumpys Tackle

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

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