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Tackle Box Fishing Co.

June 18, 2018:
Fishing got back on track once the windy weather calmed down, said Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil said there are plenty of fluke to be caught but you have to pick through the shorts to put a few keepers in the box. Most of the bass fishing has shifted outside south of the Hook and it looks like the big fish are moving into their summer haunts. Sea bass fishing has been decent, but here to it's a lot of short for a catch of keepers. Last but not least bluefishing has been erratic.

Previous Reports

  • June 11, 2018 Open or Close

    "While the big bass exploded off the Hook on Wednesday evening and on Thursday, there are still plenty of bass being caught in the ocean, and there are some nice bass being caught after dark in the bay," stated Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil said trolling and livelining continue to be the top methods of taking the big bass. Fluke fishing has been good, but your best bet is to fish areas that have not seen a lot of pressure. The sea bass fishing bounced back nicely after the windy early week and fishing was very good from mid week through the weekend.

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    "Big bass, fluke and cocktail blues made the hit list this past week," stated Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil said most of the bigger bass he got reports on were out in the ocean on the troll and livelining bunker. The 35-pounder by Kirk Ruoff was typical of the fishing; however fish topping the 40- and 50-pound mark were caught and released. Some nice catches of fluke were also reported with a 7-pounder by Mike Nolan of Holmdel the top weigh-in. While big bluefish garnered reports last week, this week saw the slammers disappear and be replaced by tons of cocktails in the surf from Sandy Hook south, he said.

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    "If you are looking for the bigger bass most of the better fishing has been in the ocean down from the Hook where 40- to 50-pound plus fish are working the schools of bunker," said Phil over at the Tackle Box. Regular Ray Soyka tipped a 46-pound bass he caught on Friday and the store had bass to 58 pounds weighed in through the week. Most of the fish are falling to mojos, bunker spoons and livelined bunker. Phil also mentioned that the fluke fishing got off to a good start on Friday with a lot of boats limiting out with keepers while fishing off the Ammo Pier and on the flats at Keansburg and Keyport.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    "Early week saw non-stop striped bass fishing off the Hook," said Phil at the Tackle Box. Jim Schaublin of Stockholm beached a 29-pound bass on a clam on Monday. Phil told me the weather has been making getting at the bass tough, however some sharpies have been fishing the Shrewsbury River and scoring some impressive bass while live lining, chunking and fishing shads. Bluefish have moved in along the lower bay and into the Navesink River and anglers have been having some fun with them as well. Once the weather breaks and the ocean settles down, boats should get a good shot at all the big bass that are holding off and down from the Hook, he said.

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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