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Charlie's Bait N Tackle

November 13, 2017:
At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said there were a lot of guys in and out of the shop all day. "Everything's finally coming together," he said. There have been pods of bunker moving down the coast. Some have striped bass under them, some do not, so you have to be prepared to move around. Folks fishing small baits, like 1-12-ounce Whip It fish, or small plugs, are getting 28- to 29-inch fish in the trough. Those fishing bait are getting some larger fish, he said. The boat anglers are catching the bulk of the fish snagging and dropping, and the fish are big. Pete said a buddy of his had one that was 42 pounds. The shop's Sixth Annual Surf Turkey striped bass tournament begins at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25.



Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said there were some 30-inch striped bass caught late in the week on bunker chunks but the participation was down over the weekend in part because of the wind, he said. The fish definitely seem to be more interested in bunker than plugs, Pete said. The Manasquan Inlet and Point Pleasant Canal are providing lots of action on small sea bass and there are keeper blackfish and some stripers being caught there as well. He has plenty of bunker, live eels and salted clams in stock. The shop's Sixth Annual Surf Turkey striped bass tournament is three weeks away. It begins at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25; stop by the shop to register.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said there's a few striped bass around but the wind last week seemed to really scatter the fish. He said a few folks are fishing the Point Pleasant Canal for sea bass and blackfish and some small stripers but nothing has been consistent. The shop's Sixth Annual Surf Turkey striped bass tournament is three weeks away. It begins at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, Stop by the shop to register.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the fishing is picking up a little. The weather was beautiful through the weekend and that encouraged a lot of folks to get out and try for the fish. There were blues, false albacore and striped bass around. Sometimes the fish were a little out of reach, he said, but the folks who moved around were rewarded. S&S Surfsters, Crippled herring and Deadly Dicks were working, and the bass were hitting black Bombers at night, he said. There were a ton of sand eels around, which is a good sign. Folks fishing at the Point Pleasant Canal have been picking up short sea bass and blackfish, and at night the canal is giving up stripers on the slack tide. There's still plenty of time to register for the shop's Sixth Annual Surf Turkey striped bass tournament. It begins at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the weather made a mess of things in the ocean and most of the week it was too rough to fish. A few guys who fished Saturday night said it was still dirty at that point but by Sunday it was starting to clean up. He'd heard a few reports of small bluefish being caught as a result. Most of the effort has focused on the Point Pleasant Canal and the Manasquan River, where there are small striped bass being caught consistently. The false albacore have been in and out of the river for a few days for an added attraction, and short but very active blackfish are helping to pass the time. The snappers seem to have finally moved out. Some lagoons are holding them but other have none and there's no real rhyme or reason to it, he said. He's hopeful this week's predicted nice weather will help.

Charlie's Bait N Tackle

Charlie's Bait N Tackle
485 Rt. 35 N.
Normandy Beach, NJ 08738
phone: 732-793-1144


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