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Tackle Box Fishing Co.

February 19, 2018:
February was not a good month for fishermen stated Phil at Tackle Box. Phil was another person that cited the super cold water temps that resulted from the early January freeze up as the reason. He said hopefully a warm March will give water temps a boost and jumpstart the local bass action along the lower side of the bay, which traditionally begins heating up in mid to late March. A lot of resident bass winter over in the Shrewsbury, Navesink and other tributaries of the bay and they provide the first bass catches of the spring, he added.

Previous Reports

  • February 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Phil at the Tackle Box told us there's really nothing going on of late. "We're putting some wire and braid on reels, dad's fishing some guides, just getting ready," Phil said, adding that he's expecting spring orders on March 1.

  • January 29, 2018 Open or Close

    "Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl," Phil said when asked what was happening this week around the Tackle Box. While our Philly fan editor Jim Hutchinson certainly appreciated the optimism, it's tough to see a glass-full in the salt of late. "I haven't seen anybody, haven't talked to anybody," Phil said of the local traffic at the shop. Depending on the weather and the water temp, he said striped bass action usually starts to kick in on the Raritan Bayshore in mid-March, and of late most folks are just starting to think about getting reels spooled. "The old timers will tell you that a winter with a lot of ice is a good sign for striper action in the spring, so that's something to look forward to," Phil added.

  • January 22, 2018 Open or Close

    "It's been quiet, quiet, and quiet, with only a few reports of herring and mackerel being heard and an occasional tog catch being reported," said Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil said the river was frozen and they had to use a tug boat to get the ferry out of her berth. Water temps in the bay dipped down to the low 30s. The shop is open daily for a few hours for anglers to drop off rods and reels for repairs and pick up tackle. Phil said the store will have a booth at the Asbury Fishing Flea Market.

  • January 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Phil at the Tackle Box said there's so much ice on the water nothing's going on. The shop is open a few hours a day for respooling and repair, and a few guys have been picking up gear for herring and mackerel fishing. "Everyone's just iced in and the surf temps in the 30's," Phil said, not exactly conducive to catch bass on the beach.

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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