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Grumpys Tackle

November 20, 2017:
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the fishing leading into the weekend was very good, and they had plenty of weigh-in to show for it. Tops among those was the 52.39-pounder caught Friday by Travis Tomensky who was snagging and dropping from a boat. Surf-caught fish were plentiful Friday and Saturday, with many of those fish in the teens. Saturday was slower but they had some nice fish weighed in. Right spot at the right time about sums it up. In the morning the fish came in at certain spots for a short period and you had to be there to catch. The bass were hitting a little bit of everything — bait, poppers, soft shads, plugs and more. Big blues have moved in and were hitting poppers during the day. He said west winds will really kick things up in the coming days so be ready. Grumpy's has a kids' tournament set for Thanksgiving for those 16 and under.

Previous Reports

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said there were striped bass caught Saturday and there was more bait flushing into the area. He heard reports of adult bunker and even some sand eels in the wash. "If true that would be huge!" Ray said. Action with smaller bass was good right before dark on the northern beaches with SP minnows catching fish, and bunker chunks were taking scattered fish, he said. It seems fresh bunker is your best bet if you want to fish bait, he said. They had two nice surf-caught bass hit the scale up to 16.85 pounds. He's hopeful the big bass off Belmar will be down to Seaside and Island Beach State Park soon.

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said tough conditions Saturday morning gave way to improved conditions later on and there were some stripers caught. "Nothing crazy but some guys put a catch together," he said. Most of the bass they heard about were caught on bucktails, darters, and bunker chunks. He said the reports from the north are good and promising for the Island Beach State Park area. "I know everyone is going crazy because this time last year we had insane fishing but everything is about two weeks behind with the record warmth we had in October," Ray said. Tog fishing has been great on the jetty and they have green crabs if you need them. Bunker chunks took fish on Sunday but you needed 6 to 8 ounces of lead to hold bottom.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they had some nice striped bass weigh-ins at the shop in recent days. There were some bigger bluefish showing up as well; the best action seems to be at the southern end of Island Beach State Park, especially in the evening. He said the fishing should get better and said there are signs that it's improving; "we just need to get this bad weather out of here," he said. The bait situation is not good right now, he said. They are trying hard and checking every option. If you're looking to get a custom rod, get your order in soon.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said there were lots of anglers out fishing over the weekend. He said the best reports came from anglers fishing in the dark using plugs. "One of our good customers caught and released a 15-pound class fish right up the street from the shop," he said. There were other bass on plugs but you had to work for them. Boat fishermen were getting bigger fish that were beyond casting range from the beach. The blackfish bite at the Barnegat Inlet jetty remains solid.

Grumpys Tackle

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

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