September 30, 2014
"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.
September 23, 2014:
Metals, SP Minnows, mullet, Gulp! and bucktails are flying through the door at Grumpy's Bait & Tackle as sand soldiers take advantage of the invasion of bluefish extending down to Barnegat Inlet and the "Two at 16 Inches" fluke regulations at Island Beach State Park. Stripers are making frequent appearances from early evening through dusk and are swiping at SP Minnows as well as inhaling fresh clam offerings. Bayside snapper fishing is epic, but the crabbing seems to be on the late September wane.
September 16, 2014:
"Snappers on spearing and crabs on bunker in the bay. In the surf there are a lot of fluke, bluefish and some stripers," reports Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Mullet are beginning to pour out of the inlet and are showing along the sands, and bluefish to five pounds and better are right on them as are the bass. Keeper fluke are pouncing S&S bucktails tipped with a four inch Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Grump is happy to announce that Frankie Z is now a certified ZeeBaas reel technician and repairs and cleanings can now be done at the shop! Just one more way they can be your total one stop shop. You already are Grump.
September 9, 2014:
The Fluke Fandango continues at a fevered pace along the Seaside and Island Beach State Park sands, with flatties in excess of seven pounds inhaling bucktail/Gulp! and Gulp! teasers. "Outstanding fishing along the beaches, and don't forget the 'Two at 16 Inches' regulations in the state park," reminds Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle. Mike Jasinski worked a Deadly Dick to seduce a voluptuous 7-3/4- pound lovely lady, and it was fluke of 23 and 25 inches for Gerry Fabiano. Jeff Pierce had pair measuring 21 and 23 inches, with 22- inch flatfish going home with Ken Welshman and John Setzer. Blues from two to five pounds are on the suds line mullet and menhaden munch and as daylight fades to dusk and the late summer darkness settles in, the brown sharks go surf savage. Crabbing is good to very good in the bay, and the marauding mobs of snappers are being caught on Zappers and spearing under a bobber.
September 2, 2014:
"Only a few weeks left in the season, so take advantage of the two at 16 Inches fluke regs. in Island Beach State Park," suggests Grumpy hisself from Grumpy's Bait & Tackle who says that surf fluking is good right now. Also joining the flatfish are mullet munching bluefish, car hood cownose rays, and after dark bunker chunk chomping four to five foot brown sharks. Bayside is crabbing crazy and there are snappers and cocktail blues galore. Don't be too surprised by a Gulp! grabbing keeper fluke around the BB and BI buoys.