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Riptide Bait & Tackle

November 13, 2017:
Capt. Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle reported that the Brigantine beaches saw a flurry of action this past week, with anglers doing well on the bass. Thursday, it was Chuck Flinn of West Chester, PA setting up on the sands and whacking the Greg-Mar charters 43-inch fish bounty money, with his 45-inch, 33.4-pound bass, collecting $150 and putting Chuck into first place in the Riptide striperbluefish tournament. Friday, it was Joe Pops weighing in, taking a 39-inch, 20-pound bass from the north end beach, and Eric Fluck catching a 28 incher as well. Gary Witchley weighed a bass in the Brigantine Elks tournament on Saturday, weighing 9.80 pounds and measuring 30 inches. Andy also had the "12th Street Gang" of Pete, Lauren, Cody, Zach and Tyler out on the beach for a couple days fighting the elements, and they connected with a 36-inch, 21-pound bass. Matt D fished on his boat, Trophy out back on Saturday as well, weighing an 8.3-pound bass into the Elks tourney. Gary Witchley came back again on Sunday morning with a 16-pound bass from the surf to add to his bass from Saturday and take the lead in the Elks tournament surf division.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle reports that there was some more striped bass action this past week as anglers took an interest in striper fishing and the shop has had lots of fresh bunker in the coolers. Wednesday was a nice surprise for Capt. Andy as Gary "Capt. Hook" Hill came in with a nice bass at 33 inches that he caught on the south end of Brigantine on a bunker chunk, taking second place in Riptide striperbluefish tourney. Thursday, it was Carl Pouls fishing from his "office dock" to whack a 12-pound bass using salted clams from the shop. Linda Davoli was also out on the beach on Thursday and plugged up a 33-inch, 12.5-pound bass to put her into third place in the shop tournament. Capt. Andy has had fresh bunker and will continue to keep stocking as bass move down, and you can call ahead to the shop for availability.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle reported that the first of the surf bass have finally hit the scales and it was George Wood fishing just south of the hotel to nail a 34-inch, 15-pound liner, putting him in the lead in the Riptide StriperBluefish derby and getting him a $25 gift card. Capt. Andy also reported that the boaters out back have found some fish and Phil and Nicholas Degliomini had a 30-incher from Absecon Bay on Saturday, with Nicholas catching the bass on an eel. Tommy and Dennis Huber also drifted eels in the back, catching a mess of shorts and two keeper bass to take home. Capt. Andy is loaded with bunker and will try to have clams in stock as well, and it's time to hit the waters of Brigantine as the action heats up.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle reported that though the Brigantine beaches still await the first keeper, Joe Jr. drifted some live bait out back on Sunday to bring the first keeper bass through the door for the $25 gift card. The shop has been moving lots of bunker and anglers are out there fishing. Capt. Andy has gotten wind of the first 40-pounder caught to the north by Jack Warren, and the melee' going on in the Mullica. There are plenty of bluefish hanging around to catch and Joe Neild had a solid gator at 11.6 pounds to take over the lead in Riptide StriperBluefish Derby. Dennis Meder and Nick Farrer are up on the jetty catching some nice togs until the bass bite gets under way.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle reported that anglers in the area are still messing around and catching some bluefish as they await the striper arrival in the Brigantine surf. A few smaller choppers have been weighed into the Riptide striperbluefish derby. Tim Tierney bumped Dave D into second place with a blue at 1.76 pounds, and with bluefish, you just never know.

Riptide Bait & Tackle

Riptide Bait & Tackle
1201 West Brigantine Ave
Brigantine, NJ 08203
phone: 609-264-0440 | fax: 609-264-1490

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