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Grumpys Tackle

September 24, 2018:
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said there have been lots of small blues up and down the local beaches. Mullet, metal, and small poppers are all producing. There was a nice push of mullet Saturday down in Island Beach State Park. He had a couple of good night reports from guys walking the beaches after sundown who said they are catching some small resident bass on plugs and teasers. The mullet run has been getting better each day. Could see a big push coming in the next few days.

Previous Reports

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they got some good fishing reports in over the weekend as the weather started to settle down. Cocktail blues in the 1- to 3-pound range and fluke and small bass in the surf as well. "The bass that were caught were in the tiny range but very fat," he said. Small pieces of bunker or mullet worked but some anglers caught them on metal and bucktails. There were some nice-sized fluke caught in the bay while it was too rough to go out into the ocean, he said. The New Jersey Beach Buggy Association kids fishing tournament at Island Beach State Park reported 97 fish caught, he said. "That's crazy good and the kids had a blast!" There's tons of bait in the back so get ready to fish.

  • September 10, 2018 Open or Close

    Frankie at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they had reports of 2- to 3-pound blues in the surf at Island Beach State Park. Marc B. and son Brody caught them on metals and they saw another angler catch a Spanish mackerel from the inlet. Mick Martino weighed a 6-plus-pound fluke he caught from a boat. They are hearing the reports, too, that the back of Island Beach State Park is loaded with mullet. They are hoping the bait starts moving soon and kick-starts the run.

  • September 3, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the fluke fishing in the surf has been steady and some very nice fish up to 5 pounds have been pulled from the suds. There are blues hitting the beach as well, he said. The night crews are finding more brown sharks biting and there are rays as well. The water was very warm prior to Friday's rain, "like bath water right now," he said. Boat anglers are doing well with the fluke, catching limits and nice fish. Ray also said he's hearing there are lots of mullet in the back and he's hoping for a good mullet season.

  • August 27, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said good fluke and small blues are keeping anglers busy along the beach. The sharking has bounced back and there are a decent amount of them in the dark, all of them browns. Crabbing is good but lots of small ones. Snapper blues are all over the local docks. He is hearing of a lot of bait in the back including mullet. "Let's hope for a good mullet run because last year was brutal," he said.

Grumpys Tackle

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

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