Pretty quiet over at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle this past weekend. The crew closed early on Saturday with nasty snow conditions, reopening on Sunday to keep the shop open for some rod and reel repair work. By the way, mark down February 11 at 9 a.m. for the annual NERBs and Grumpy's rod-building workshop. Check in at Grumpy's for details.
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle figures that the New Year month will see stripers like the ones caught the last week in December if the water stays relatively warm with no sudden freeze. The bass are in the 12- to 18-inch range and are smacking at small plugs and shads. A growing contingent of customers are hot on the blackfish, and Ray notes that many are scoring with green crab-sweetened S&S and OMT tog jigs. "Seems that the bigger blackfish are being caught in the 50- to 60-foot range," he said. Reels need some work? Thinking about a custom rod? This is the month to get in, drop off the retrievers and toss around some ideas for that new surf, jetty, bay or boat stick.
"Empty beaches so no reports," groused Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle who did say that there was a spike in tog fishing interest. "We have all you need for blackfish," he stresses. Those diehards plying the suds have been tight lipped for sure, but figure small plugs with teasers will entice any linesided stragglers.
Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle notes the lack of angler participation as the reason for no recent weigh-ins. However, there are schoolie bass being caught along local beaches on smaller shads, metal lip swimmers and metals. Late afternoon through dusk into the early darkness is the hot time slot.