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Tackle Box Fishing Co.

November 20, 2017:
"It was super bass fishing all week," cited Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil said while snagging and dropping bunker was the preferred way to go, anglers were also picking the bass up under the working birds on poppers and jigs, and by trolling spoons, shads and Mojos. The shop also got reports of some bass being pulled from the beaches from the Hook to Monmouth Beach. Gino Ammato weighed in a 24-pound bass and Sean Stuber of Rahway had a 15-12-pounder he caught on a plug. Blackfishing has been good despite some poor conditions, he said.

Previous Reports

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    "If you are looking for that trophy bass now is the time to fish," stated Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil told us most of the action was in the bay during the early part of the week and gradually spread out all over the bay and into the ocean as far south as Deal. The big bass were hammering schools of bunker and snagging and dropping bunker was the ticket to the bass on Saturday. The ocean was alive with 20- to 50-pound bass despite a windy start to the day. A few boats also got into limits of blackfish and tog to 8 pounds plus were also caught even with the roll on the ocean.

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    The stripers have really started to spread out all over the bay stated Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil told me he got reports to bass being caught from all over the bay, in the Shrewsbury River and off the Shrewsbury Rocks. He said when the bass are not on the surface most boats are trolling spoons and mojos. However, bass have been pushing baitfish to the surface and providing some topwater and tin fishing. Sinker bouncers are seeing their catches dominated by sea bass and tog.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Phil over at the Tackle Box confirmed the increase in bigger bass this past week. He told me boats have been using a combination of eels in the channels and trolling spoons and Mojos. Phil said he heard of bass to 40-plus pounds being caught with the best fishing being off Breezy Point, along the north side of the bay and in the Reach. Outside the bulk of the fishing has been jumbo slammers with plenty of albies mixed in. Here too the word was super bottom fishing with sea bass, porgies and tog keeping rods bent.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    "This past week saw a decent mix of fish if you put in the time," said Phil at the Tackle Box. Some of the best fishing was the false albacore fishing off Sea Bright on tin. Phil said the rockets provided plenty of double figure catches with some bluefish mixed in. Bass fishing has started to spread out into the bay with some of the best fishing being the eeling in Ambrose Channel and the West Bank. The store got word of bass to 30 pounds being caught in the deeper water. Some smaller bass and blues are being caught in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers where jig-shad combinations and worms are doing the trick. "Now that the sea bass fishing has reopened more boats will be sinker bouncing," Phil added.

Tackle Box Fishing Co.

Tackle Box Fishing Co.
1134 Hwy. 36
Hazlet, NJ 07730
phone: 732-264-7711 | fax: 732-264-7856

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