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June 18, 2018:
Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said there were some bluefish hitting cut bunker on the beach but the striped bass fishing slowed down some. The fluke fishing on the beach has continued to improve, however. Nick Ford stopped in with a 23-inch, 4.15-pound fluke he caught at Island Beach State Park on a bucktail, and Patrick was in with a pair of flatties he caught on Gulp at the park. One was 17 inches and 1.45 pounds and the other was 20 inches, 2.80 pounds, he said. The crabbing in the bay is picking up each day.



Grumpys Tackle

June 18, 2018:
I stopped in to pick up some fresh bunker from Ray at Grumpy's Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park and he told me the surf has been basically a pick of all species including bass, blues and fluke, but no really steady action on anything. He did note that smooth dogfish moved in with the new moon tides and provide a lot of bent rods during night chunking excursions.



Previous Reports

  • June 11, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the fishing slowed down a little over the weekend, though they had a few weigh-ins. Bait anglers are doing better catching bass on the beach than those using artificials. Fluking wasn't bad though and there has been a decent pick in the wash. "The encouraging news is the shark life that's appearing in the evening hours," he said, with a few small sand tigers and some mystery run-offs. "One of my regulars said he saw an absolute monster right in the wash. Not sure what species but it may be time to break out the big rods and shark rigs," he said.

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they are getting reports throughout the day of bluefish and bass, mostly on bait. Fresh clams are producing bigger bass, he said. Blues were heavy in the surf Saturday with several big chompers weighed in. There are fluke in the surf as well. Pat Vaccarino had a nice 22-inch fluke. Stripers are hitting some plugs but it's primarily a bait bite. The back bay still has a mess of bluefish. He said the fish are getting bigger and he said the information he's hearing from the south is promising. "I think this thing is only going to get better," he said.

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said they have been getting good reports of fluke fishing on the beach with plenty of flatties in the wash. If you fish Island Beach State Park, there is 16-inch minimum and a two-fish limit there, but even if you're not fishing the park there are some nice-sized keepers in the surf. Nice fluke are in Barnegat Bay as well. Gulp and bucktails are the ticket, he said. There are a few bass and big bluefish in the surf as well and they have had both hitting the scales. The fishing was noticeably slower on Saturday, he said. They have been getting reports of some nice size blue claw crabs in the back.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle said the fishing took a hit on Friday but picked up Saturday afternoon and into Sunday, when they got a bunch of reports of both big blues and bass off the surf. Bait was what they were eating, he said. Lots of smaller bass around too. In the back bay the bluefish have arrived and are chewing. There is some action for the popper anglers but bunker chunks are working well, too. Vince Dimarco had a 24-inch black drum on clams and Alyssa Dimarco had a 30-inch striper on bunker. A.J. had 28-inch bluefish on bunker and Ralph Amato had a 31.5-inch striper on clam. Most of the bluefish weighed in over the weekend were in the 5-pound range; the bass were mixed, with Tom Duckett pulling a 25.8-pounder out of the wash. It hit a clam.

Grumpys Tackle

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


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Grumpys Tackle

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


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