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Charlie's Bait N Tackle

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  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said he is getting reports of fish on the beach for those walking the sand. The afternoon hours to dark is better fishing, and he said your best bet is to offer them little baits and small metals like Avas because the fish are small but a lot of fun. The boat fishermen are benefitting from the fish being in closer to shore, with a good bite off Normandy Beach in recent days. Pete said the shop will be closed except for Saturdays through January, and then closed completely until March, when regular hours will resume.

  • December 18, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said lots of shorts still on the beach. "They're feeding on sand eels, so everyone's throwing the small Avas, reeling really slow," Pete said. He reminds surfcasters to move around a bit until you find a fish, that's where the school is set up. "If you get the right spot you can get 10 or 12 of them no problem," he said. Afternoons into the dark have been best, even better than first light. As for where those big stripers are right now, they're well beyond casting range. While boat guys are hitting bigger fish inside the fence, Pete said his friends out bluefin hunting 7 to 10 miles out are trying their best to get away from schools of stripers which are chasing big sea herring around.

  • December 11, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said there are a lot of shorts in the surf, good numbers. "I guess it was Thursday afternoon when the action really started," Pete said, adding guys found 'em biting right up through the weekend snow. Even a few small bluefish in and out of the surf at Normandy on Friday. "What's working, anything with a teaser," Pete said, though black teasers especially have flown off the shelves. He recommends 007 AVAs with black and green tails, small Al Gag's, small Tsunamis and Storms, and the Tsunami sand eel as these smaller fish chase sand eels in the wash. "Break out the light stuff and have some fun," Pete noted, adding to continue that retrieve right to your feet as the fish are often there in the drop. A few reports of short stripers around the Mantoloking Bridge under the lights taking 2-inch Tsunami swim shads, smaller 16- to 18-inch fish. He also had good reports of big bass and bluefish from the boats on the troll on Friday. "We really need some west wind to get these bait fish in tight," he said optimistically.

  • December 4, 2017 Open or Close

    At Charlie's Bait & Tackle, Pete said fishing picked up last week, with a lot of shorts. "Lots of chasing sand eels, and people coming into the shop for the Tsunami, and a small Ava Jig with a teaser in front of it," Pete said. Al Gags have been used, as well as pearl white bucktails. "The bite has been at incoming tides, soon as it slacks, no more fish," Pete said, while adding "We've been picking the fish all night long." He also wished to thank all those who participated in the Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament, as well as to the sponsors including Stan from S&S Bucktails.

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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