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Up Front Bait and Tackle

July 16, 2018:
Decent catches of fluke and crabs all week was the word from Steve at Up Front Bait and Tackle. Steve told me anglers fishing off the Keyport Pier have been picking up some keeper fluke and decent numbers of shorts along with some snappers which are getting more numerous. A 6-34-inch blue claw leads the store's crab contest for Paul Lange.

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    "It was a week of good fluke fishing; excellent crabbing and tons of porgies if you could take the heat," said Steve at Up Front Bait and Tackle. Steve told me he would be busy with anglers fishing early and by noon time it was ghost town as everyone got off the water because of the heat.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    The big news over at Up Front Bait and Tackle this past week was a 10-pound plus flukeasaurus caught by Chris Riley. Steve said the fish was caught on a mid week trip not far from the store. Here too we were told of plenty of good crabbing. Curt Lange is the current leader in the store's June-July Crab Contest with a 6-38-inch claw. Grace Waluna has second place with a 6-12-inch crab. The contest will run till the end of June, Steve said.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Another place that told us of a big surge in the fluke fishing this past week was Up Front Bait and Tackle. Steve said the fluke fishing started to improve early in the week and really caught fire by mid-week. Only the weekend weather put a damper on the fishing, he said (no pun intended).

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    The big news over at Up Front Bait and Tackle was the 64.2-pound black drum caught this past week. The big bulldozer was caught while fishing to stripers during the week. That fish topped the 48-pound striper that was weighed in last week for the biggest fish of the season so far. In addition we were told that fluke fishing has been decent in the Keyport area, some crabs are starting to show up along the lower side of the bay and crabbing has been good in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers.

Up Front Bait and Tackle

Up Front Bait and Tackle
229 W. Front St
Keyport, NJ 07735
phone: 732-497-0919

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