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June 30, 2015:
Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle recommends a bucktail/Gulp! combo with a 4-inch Gulp! Swimming Mullet teaser for the suds-residing fluke along area sands down through Island Beach State Park. "Two fluke at 16 inches down in the park," he reminded. Rich Fulmer had a pair measuring 17-1/2 and 18-inches, and it was 19-1/2-inch flattie for Jim Sevilla. Bluefish of various sizes are running the surf line, and these are being picked off with bunker chunks and metals. Bayside crabbing has really taken off.



Previous Reports

  • June 23, 2015 Open or Close

    "Blues are still playing behind Island Beach State Park and are the main act along the beaches," reported Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, adding that the Grumpy Bunker and Grumpy Mullet are doing the majority of the catching. Bunker heads are being inhaled by the occasional striper patrolling the suds, and when it comes to surf line flatties, he recommends the bucktail/Gulp! combo. It's "Two at 16 Inches" regulation in Island Beach State Park. Out front there are stripers being caught with bunker, and it was the snag 'n drop that corralled a 49.55-pound cow for State Furch.

  • June 16, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said surf temperatures have returned to the mid-sixties and that should get the bites going again. The suds are producing a few unruly schoolies that are being disciplined by Boss Bivalve and the Grumpy Bunker, and there are still some big bluefish around, like the 15.8 pounder that pounded a popper presented by Javier Aleman. With the summer season kicking off Father's Day weekend, he certainly expects more people to take advantage of the special "Two at 16 Inches" fluke regulations in play along the Island Beach State park sands. Gator blues are still appearing bayside behind the park and are crushing plugs, poopers and metals. Blowfish numbers are increasing daily with a lot of activity around the BI and BB buoys. Squid, clam and Fishbites are filling the buckets.

  • June 9, 2015 Open or Close

    Bunker heads in the suds are appealing to after dark stripers that are patrolling the surf, and Grumpy hisself Grumpy's Bait & Tackle adds that there are good size bluefish also showing in the wash, and these are lambasting poppers and metals as well as putting the dentition to meat o' menhaden. Bailey Cafone soaked a hunk of Grumpy Bunker to sand a 31-inch blue, with another measuring 38 inches was poppered by Jesse Vornhold. Flatfish activity is also beginning to increase as surf temperatures climb into the low sixties, and Da Grump reminds all that in Island Beach State Park, two fluke with a minimum length of 16 inches are allowed.

  • June 2, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself Grumpy's Bait & Tackle says that the surf temperatures are finally starting to edge up a bit and that the cold water caused a widespread case of lockjaw among suds residing fluke. Scattered pods bluefish along area sands are chomping fresh bunker chunks and molesting poppers while out front there are a few bass being trolled and livelined. It was a bunker presented by Phil Lagrossa that fooled a 42-inch linesider. Behind Island Beach State Park, expect the productive drifting for fluke to continue.

  • May 26, 2015 Open or Close

    A call to Grumpy's Bait & Tackle garnered us a report of some nice bass making the scale. Anglers fishing from kayaks were able to get in on the big bass that are moving up the coast. Greg Hryszko tipped the scale with a 30-1/4-pound bass and Sam Smida had a 25.85-pound bass, both caught from kayaks. Matt Carney pushed the scale down to the 16.2-pound mark and Fred Rock weighed in an 18.15-pound bass, both from the beaches. Reports coming into the store on Friday told of decent fluke fishing in Shark and Manasquan inlets and rivers, mainly on the outgoing water. Last but not least crabbing is starting up on the piers along the bay.

  • May 19, 2015 Open or Close

    At Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, the tune is that the blues are still playing along the area beach arenas, and it continues to be full house attendance as anglers partake of what is truly a spring run of racers for the ages. Plugs, metals and meat o' menhaden are a fine melody that the yelloweyes are finding most favorable, and some bass notes are working underneath. Da Grump advises to dead stick a clam or bunker chunk and toss a popper or SP Minnow. Kenny "No Fish" sanded choppers weighing 14.2 and 16.1 pounds, with poppers and bunker bringing in slammers measuring 31 and 32 inches for Frank Meade. The stripers are primarily shorts but there are a few keepers being dragged on to the beach.

  • May 12, 2015 Open or Close

    "The best bluefish action along the surf in memory," said a slightly amazed Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, noting that slammers close to 20 pounds are being caught in the suds from Seaside Park south, and the yellow eye carnage seems to be never ending. Mullet, bunker, metals, plugs, poppers - the offering does not matter. With the wash temperature about to break 60 degrees, he exhorts all who want to feel the pure pulling power of blaster bluefish to get to the beach now. Stripers are mixed in and around the choppers, and these are being picked off with fresh clam ordnance. It was an S&S bucktail worked by Sean Smida that enraged a massive 19.75-pound gorilla, and Phil LaGrossa poppered another tipping the Grumpy No Tale Scale to the 19.45 pound mark. A strip of bluefish was cannibalized by a chopper weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces that was sanded by Steve Keck, and Herby swam an SP Minnow to entice an 18 pound gator.

  • May 5, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle tells of an omnipresent abundance of famished and ravaging bluefish that are putting the teeth to anything in their way. Notes Da Grump, "AVAs, poppers, S&S bucktails, mullet and bunker, they're eating everything." Bayside along the sedge banks and at Barnegat Inlet, it's the same scene with monster racers looking to pillage and plunder. Grace and Shawn Fisher poppered identical 29-inch yellow eyes, and it was a Grumpy Bunker chomp for choppers measuring 27, 30 and 30-1/2 inches sanded by Steve Domanski.

  • April 28, 2015 Open or Close

    "We haven't had any brought in but we hearing about a few keeper bass and a lot of shorts being caught on the beaches," reported Grumpy from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, adding that some racer blues from eight to 10 pounds invaded the suds Sunday morning so figure on packing some fresh bunker as well as the clams. The bay is awash with bluefish up to five pounds.

  • April 21, 2015 Open or Close

    The matter of the chatter at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle is the growing legion of short bass that are nabbing fresh clam all along the local sand, and it was a 28.5-inch Grumpy Clam crusher striper for Gary Fromack. Bayside bass are blasting plugs and plastics. Da Grump reminds all who have reels in for servicing that they are ready for pick up.

  • April 14, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle told of short bass being waxed with clams along area beaches, and in the back there is decent action with similar size stripers that are swiping at plugs. "A ton of bunker arrived in the bay,' he said. The new store hours are 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

  • April 7, 2015 Open or Close

    "X-Raps, Rebels, Bombers...all are getting hit by small bass back in the bay," said Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. The linesiders are between 18 and 24 inches, and he did receive a report about a 28 inch keeper being sanded in Island Beach State Park.

  • March 31, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle insists that he would have heard of a schoolie or two being caught from the beach "If people were up there fishing. You can't catch fish if you're not fishing!"" he groused. Reports of back bay schoolies being caught with plastics and bloodworms keep bubbling to the surface, and with this week's warming weather pattern that action, along with winter flounder, should open up. The store hours will stay 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday until mid-April.

  • March 24, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy himself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said beach activity was non-existent as suds temperatures were only in the upper thirties, but a few guys were walking around getting some salty air in their lungs. With the bay free of ice and rumors of a few winter flounder being caught, he expects some unruly schoolies to start smacking around Fin-S and plastic shads around. Shop hours remain 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday but will most likely change in early April. Note: The store has an ongoing fund raising effort to defray medical costs for co-worker "Ponytail" Mike who is in the thick of a battle with liver cancer. Da Grump urges all to check www.grumpystackle.com for details how to chip in financially to help relieve the crushing financial burden for one of the best liked tackle shop employees along the Jersey shore.

  • March 17, 2015 Open or Close

    Tom and the crew at Grumpys Tackle have been gearing up all winter for an active spring, and they're happy to report on a couple of good rebate offers at the shop. For one, if you buy any Penn product totaling $199.95 or more you get a free Penn Dry Case Bag, while a Revo Low Profile Bait Casting Reel will earn you a prepaid Visa Card. Buy now, shop later!

  • March 10, 2015 Open or Close

    Be sure to head over to the Grumpys Facebook page (search Grumpy's Tackle) and help support the charity auction to help Ponytail Mike's fight with cancer. It's been a long winter for everyone, but Tom and the crew from Grumpys are doing all they can to help Mike through a tough time, so check 'em out. Inside the store, the gang has been busy putting up pegboard for new inventory, as they're looking forward to a killer spring season. There's a lot of road work going on down that end of the Park, so Grumpy advises folks to not park in the middle of the road at the barricade because you will get a ticket from the town.

  • February 24, 2015 Open or Close

    "With boat shows, fishing flea markets and horrible weather, there hasn't been much in the way of activity around here," groused Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Shop hours for March are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Note: The store has an ongoing fund raising effort to defray medical costs for co-worker "Ponytail" Mike who is in the thick of a battle with liver cancer. Da Grump urges all to check www.grumpystackle.com for details how to chip in financially to help relieve the crushing financial burden for this truly wonderful guy and his family.

  • February 17, 2015 Open or Close

    Tom Hansen from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle will be getting away from the shop for a couple of hours on Friday afternoon, February 20, when he gives his seminar on Rod, Reel, Line & Lure at the New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo in Edison. Sounds like a simple enough topic, but as this rod-builder, shopkeeper and traveling angler will tell you, taking consideration of all the components of success will help you find more success this season, no matter what you're targeting.

  • February 10, 2015 Open or Close

    At Grumpy's Bait & Tackle they want to inform the fisherman that they will gladly pick up your rods and reels for service at Surf Day and The Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market. They are able to repair just about any reel, of course depending on availability of parts from the manufacturer and are a certified ZeeBaas tech.

  • February 3, 2015 Open or Close

    At Grumpy's Bait & Tackle it is all about reel repair. Do it now, grouses da Grump. New S & S bucktails named after BNR will arrive in spring for doormat flukers out there. Winter hours are now in effect. Monday through Friday the doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., Saturday is open at 5 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. and Sunday 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • January 27, 2015 Open or Close

    The Fisherman prayers and best wishes are extended to Mike and family at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle for success in battling a grave illness. Grumpy hisself said that during January the blackfish action was pretty good on the wrecks and reefs and if the weather is manageable he's sure guys will keep after them as well as cod and ling. The store's wildly popular Saturday Seminar Series continues. Winter hours are now in effect. Monday through Friday the doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., Saturday is open at 5 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. and Sunday 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • January 20, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle has been busy with Saturday morning seminars and unpacking orders. Prayers and support for Mike Malek as he deals with a scary health issue and gets better.

  • January 13, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said that it's been quiet. They got the mother load of SP Minnows in stock and got more Seeker Super Togger Blanks in. "These are the rods that have been slaying the jumbo tog," said da Grump.

  • January 6, 2015 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said that they still have a few small bass in the surf with a few guys picking them up on small plugs and salted clams. Blackfishing has been on fire off the boats. Our boys at the shop have been getting them up to almost 16 pounds! They have been keeping busy at the shop with lots of show orders that have been coming in, so expect even more stock for this spring! They recommend dropping off any rod and/or reel for repairs since now's the time! They are also taking in custom rod orders. Lots of blanks have arrived the past few weeks from Seeker and United Composites. Winter Hours are in effect.

  • December 30, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle reported new dad Sean Smida and Bob took some monster tog this week. Blackcloud Bob had a 14 pounder and Sean's fish went 15.85 pounds. Both were caught on the boat BNR. Only a very few guys were on the beaches which results in very little to report.

  • December 23, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle says that winter hours are now in effect. Monday through Friday the doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., Saturday it's a 5 a.m. opening and 8 p.m. closure, and on Sunday it's another 5 a.m. opener with the doors locked at 4 p.m. "Check the web site for free Saturday Seminars that start in January," say da Grump.

  • December 16, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said he had a nice tog weighed in. Ray Nebus just weighed in an 8 pounder taken on the Berkeley Striper Club trip. The Berkeley Striper Club tagged over 200 fish last week which is phenomenal. Christmas is almost here! If you're looking for a gift for that special angler in your life they have it! Gift Cards are available as well (Fisherman are picky!). They are open normal hours till Christmas.

  • December 9, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said Sean Smida has been into a lot of short bass on plugs and bucktails. It is a first light bite and right before dark on small plugs and metal. They got the last delivery of fresh clams in for the season. If you're looking to shuck a few dozen and salt them for the winter come get them. They will continue to be on our normal hours until after Christmas.

  • December 2, 2014 Open or Close

    "A pick of schoolie-size bass along the beaches, and there have been a few keepers taken," reports Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Late afternoon into the early evening hour seems to be the prime time frame, and the stripers are inhaling fresh clam and swiping at SP Minnow plugs. "With sand eels showing, try an AVA with a teaser," advises Da Grump.

  • November 25, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said getting bait was difficult with all this wind, but anglers had a steady pick of bass on the Island while plugging, with most fish just under legal length. A few keepers were in the mix though.

  • November 18, 2014 Open or Close

    Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle had a bunch of stripers come to the scale after falling to bunker chunks fished of the Island Beach State Park sands. Even kayakers are getting out there to snag bunker and live line bass.

  • November 11, 2014 Open or Close

    It's the meat o' menhaden maneuver for striped bass and bluefish along the Seaside through Island Beach State Park sands, and Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle says big swimmers and poppers are also putting a few linesiders and yellow eyes on the sands. He expects the action for both to intensify this week into the weekend as more bait in the forms of bunker, rainfish and sand eels move down the coast. Rich Courian and Billy Huff bunkered blues measuring 30 and 31 inches respectively, and it was the swimmer swoon by a 40 inch striper for Mark Brancaccio.

  • November 4, 2014 Open or Close

    Bass mayhem and madness was the Seaside through Island Beach State Park sandscape right up to the Saturday storm, and Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle emphasized that poppers, plugs, plastic shads, bucktails and clams caught stripers to 20 pounds from the beach while it was bunker spoons and the snag 'n drop for bass from the boats. It was the plastic shad shag for Tony Senator who brought in bass weighing 20.2 and 20.4 pounds, and it was the menhaden manacle of stripers measuring 34 and 40 inches by Ken Welshman and another measuring 38 inches by Alex Amico. Da Grump anticipates the return of the frantic action by mid-week at the latest, as more bait in the forms of bunker and sand eels move down within casting distance.

  • October 28, 2014 Open or Close

    The bass fishing is finally starting to break open, said sources at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. As proof the said Tom Carder mashed the scale down to the 27.15-pound mark with a linesider he caught on a clam. Cory Rellstab checked in with a nine-pound bass he caught on an SP Minnow. In addition we were told of good boat action on jigs at Deal on Saturday, and some bass being trolled off Seaside and Island Beach over the weekend. There is also some smaller bass providing some good light tackle fishing in the bay in back of Island Beach State Park.

  • October 21, 2014 Open or Close

    "Cocktail blues all up and down the beaches and they're hitting AVAs and Hopkins and mullet, and the short bass and a keeper or two are eating clams and striking SP Minnow plugs," relays Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. With the first flush of cold weather and a Nor'easter in the forecast, things just might blow open bass-wise later in the week. Out front and down along Island Beach State Park, there are a few big keeper bass being picked off by bunker spoons, shad umbrellas and Stretch 25 plugs.

  • October 14, 2014 Open or Close

    "It's insane the way the schoolies and some keepers to 30 inches in the surf are eating sand fleas, and it always happens about this time of year," observes Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle in between doing more ordering for the soon-to-arrive run of autumn stripers. Anglers are cashing in on the craze casting jig heads mated to four inch Gulp! Swimming Mullets. "Doesn't look like a sand flea, but it is sure is catching bass and also some fluke that have to be released," he says. In the back, the X-Rap, Super Strike and Smack It Jr. plugs are goading strikes from short stripers to 18, maybe 19 inches.

  • October 7, 2014 Open or Close

    "Blues of various sizes along our beach down through Island Beach State Park," says Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, adding that small metals and mullet on a mullet rig will blind 'n bind yellow eyes. More and more stripers are arriving as waters continue cooling, and an SP Minnow manacled a 31 inch linesider for Craig Napolitano. Bayside snappers are now nine-plus inches and continue assailing spearing under a bobber, and Zappers. Crabbing s so-so, but the keepers are on the bigger side of legal.

  • September 30, 2014 Open or Close

    "It's just outta control!" proclaims Grumpy hisself at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle describing the manically murderous mullet mastication by hordes of two to four pound bluefish occurring up and down the Seaside through Island Beach State Park sands. Mullet on mullet rigs as well as metals are all being savaged. The dusk into dark and first light periods are prime times for striper encounters and George Murgan brought in one that stretched the tape to 29 inches. "More bass showing every day," observes Da Grump. Jeff Lazdus had a final crack whack at Gulp!-grabbing fluke and sanded one measuring 22-1/2 inches. Back in the bay, it is insane with spearing and Kastmaster-crazed snappers that will soon attain cocktail size status, and with some heavy chumming one can put pan size blowfish, croakers and kingfish in the bucket. Crabbing is fair with more size than numbers.

  Grumpys Tackle

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


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