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Charlie's Bait N Tackle

October 15, 2018:
At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said there were a lot of blues in the surf early in the week, and after the storms came through the blues came back, thanks to a west wind that cleaned things up. Pete said participation was down over the weekend, and he was hoping it would bounce back this week. "The fish are around if you put your time in," he said. The blues have started to hit metals and poppers. The schoolie bass are still in the Manasquan River, taking eels around the bridges and in the Point Pleasant Canal. The Surf Turkey tournament is coming up from Nov. 21-24 and an awards dinner at Used To Be's. Entry fee is $40.



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  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said it was a good week. There were a lot more people fishing and they were catching cocktail blues, a few albies and there are still hungry fluke that are even chomping on the mullet rigs. Blowfishing remains hot in Barnegat Bay. "You can fill a bucket in a couple of hours," he said. Blackfish and bluefish are hitting at the inlet. The Manasquan River is thick with striped bass and they are hitting SP Minnows, poppers and soft baits. The Surf Turkey tournament is coming up from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 21-24 and an awards dinner at Used To Be's. Entry fee is $40.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said it was a pretty good week. Blues and albies were cooperating well, with the blues taking mullet though they were hitting metals well in blitzes "The albies like anything skinny and shiny," he said. There are bass by the railroad bridge. During the day poppers are working and at night they are still hitting eels at slack tide. "There were a lot of people out fishing, we were actually pretty busy," he said. If you're looking to get your reels tuned up for the fall run, now's a good time.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the blues showed up Friday after Thursday's cruddy weather, and they were 2- to 8-pounders. There are striped bass mixed in and they are increasing in size, with 22- to 24-inch fish. A few albies have been in and out of the wash as well. In the bay, crabbing has slowed way down. But the bay is loaded with bait, he said. Some mullet pods have been making their way down the beach. Some anglers are finding lots of action with stripers in the Manasquan River around the bridges, with the night bite very active. Eels are still putting bass on the line in the Point Pleasant Canal at night as well. Circle the dates on the calendar for his annual Surf Turkey tournament, which goes from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 21-24 and an awards dinner at Used To Be's. Entry fee is $40.

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said the mullet were starting run before the bad weather hit, and afterward it seemed like the fish were responding. He got reports starting Friday of bluefish being caught in the surf on mullet and on metals, and of a few fluke in the surf as well. He had not heard of any bass caught in the surf, however. Crabbing has slowed down. You really have to work to put together a catch now, he said. The bass bite in the Point Pleasant Canal is still good and he heard that slack tide was the best time to get their attention. He also heard bass were caught by the Route 35 bridge. Anglers going to the inlet wall in Point Pleasant are catching short fluke.

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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