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Charlie's Bait N Tackle

July 16, 2018:
At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the week was a little on the slow side. There are small bluefish and small stripers in the surf. Small metals, poppers, a teaser above a small metal all are things to try. There are still fluke being caught in the Manasquan River and in Barnegat Bay. A lot of shorts but there are some keepers, too. Crabbing really took off, everywhere from Seaside to the Mantoloking Bridge, and with both quantity and good size to them. You can put together a decent catch in a couple of hours. Snappers have shown up as well. They're still small but getting bigger by the day.

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said he didn't have a lot of reports during the week, which he attributed to the extreme heat. There were some folks picking up bluefish on the beach. Mullet or other chunk baits have been the most successful. There are some guys shark fishing on the beach as well, he said. There are still fluke in the Manasquan River, but he said the bite around the Mantoloking Bridge is primarily shorts right now. Crabbing slowed way down, Pete said. "My crabbing guys said it was a lot slower," which he attributed to the heat.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said surf anglers are catching bluefish and fluke. The blues are hitting mullet, while the fluke are taking SS bucktails tipped with Gulp. Pete said there are lots of shorts but you can get two or three keepers in a couple of hours. In the bay, the fishing has slowed down. There have been scattered reports of snappers being caught, and he's heard of some little weakfish as well. The weakies are in the back lagoons and feeding under weeds. Find the weeds and you'll find the weakfish. Throw Rat-L-Traps to get their attention. Crabbing has been improving and the crabs are getting bigger, he said.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the fishing slowed up last week. There are still some fluke and some blues being caught in the surf but no striped bass. The bay fishing reports were quiet but Pete attributed some of it to it being a busy time of year with high school graduations throughout the area and less than ideal weather and forecasts deterring folks from heading out. He had heard that crabbing was improving however, and he is stocked and ready for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the striped bass fishing in the surf during the day has slowed down but at night it is still decent. There are bluefish and fluke being caught from the sand as well, he said. In Barnegat Bay there are small stripers being caught during the magic hours, those last few hours before dark, with 18-inch fish the predominant catch. Fish around lights, such as docks and under the Mantoloking Bridge. Kettle Creek shads or Storm shads or really tiny Bombers. There have been bluefish in the bay but the boat traffic over the weekend scattered them, he said. Crabbing is looking better every day.

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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