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Tackle Box Fishing Co.

September 17, 2018:
We got an upbeat report from Phil over at the Tackle Box. Phil said some fishing broke open on Saturday when things began to settle down. The Keyport area and come creeks were giving up good catches of fluke, as did the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. In addition small blues and stripers were chasing peanut bunker in several areas along the lower bay, and several boats wormed and eeled some stripers off Sandy Hook and in the Sandy Hook Channel on Friday evening.



Previous Reports

  • September 10, 2018 Open or Close

    "It was an interesting week for fishing," said Phil at the Tackle Box, adding "Needless to say people vacated the shore in droves after Labor Day and the number of fishermen actually fishing was limited to a few locals and holdovers." Phil said fluke fishing in the bay was mostly shorts, while some nice fish were caught outside and down from the Hook. In the "Na that can't be" department cobia fishing was good along the NY side of the bay with multiple catches being reported. Porgy fishing continued to be very good and plenty of sea bass were also caught and thrown back. Inshore waters also saw a decent bit of albies and bonito, along with a lot of mahi.

  • September 3, 2018 Open or Close

    "Looks like the fishing is already building for a good fall," said Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil told me the bay and surrounding waters are packed with all kinds of baitfish. Another sign are the stripers that are being eeled in New York Harbor. Likewise most of the better fluke fishing has been in the deeper waters of the channels and outside over rough bottom by anglers bucktailing Gulp and squid. In addition there are tons of snappers and cocktails gorging themselves on the baitfish. Hopefully the weatherman will be a little more cooperative, he said.

  • August 27, 2018 Open or Close

    Ken Pojnar proved the fluke fishing is on the upswing with a 9-12-pound fluke that hit the scale at the Tackle Box with on Friday. Phil said it's surprising what a few days of nice weather and good fishing conditions will do. The shop got good reports on the fluke action in Ambrose Chanel, Sandy Hook Channel and other deep water spots over the weekend. Snappers and cocktails are supplying some good fishing for light tackle buffs and some bonito and albacore are also being caught outside Sandy Hook. Crabbing has been very good in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. If you are looking from some stripers Chuck Many and some other sharpies have been doing a number on them on worms with fish to 20 pounds being caught.

  • August 20, 2018 Open or Close

    "If you are looking for the bigger fluke the deep water of the channels in the bay and the deeper water outside off Deal and Long Branch are serving up the bigger fish," said Phil at the Tackle Box. Phil told me this past week's fishing was a marked improvement over the previous weeks. On the sinker bouncing front a mix of sea bass, porgies, ling, and tog along with a few triggers are on tap. In addition he mentioned that light tackle fishermen are seeing plenty of snappers and increasing amounts of cocktail blues.

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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