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November 11, 2019:
I stopped in to see Ray at Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park to pick up a few blurple Bombers and some Ava 17 jigs and he told me that the night shift seems to be giving up more stripers than daytime casters. Bombers, SP Minnows and Scabellys have all claimed a fair share of stripers this week though most fish seem to be in the 20- to 26-inch range. The first hours after sundown and before sunup are considered the most productive. Hickory shad are also in the mix, so if you feel telltale bumps on your teaser they are most likely the culprit.

Previous Reports

  • November 4, 2019 Open or Close

    Ray from Grumpy's Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park said a slow week was finally turned around Saturday night when a pretty formidable bass bite went down off the Seaside and IBSP shores. Most guys were bent up by tossing SP Minnows, Midways, Joe Baggs and Ava jigs, and though many fish were small in caliber of 20 to 27 inches, there was a ton of action to keep you fighting. Let's hope that trend continues this week with the cooling water temps.

  • October 28, 2019 Open or Close

    Ray from Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park brought word that sand eels were in the Bay Head suds this week and that a lot of the shorty bass being hooked are fat as footballs on the sand eels. Anglers are scoring fish on teasers and soft baits, as well as chunking bunker and fishing fresh clams. You've got a better shot at scoring stripers by fishing during the night shift with dark colored plugs and rubber baits. Some large adult bunker schools are also in the area which should attract those big boater bass into the surf any day now.

  • October 21, 2019 Open or Close

    Ray at Grumpy's Tackle in seaside Park checked in a few whopper bass from the suds this week including a skinny 26.75-pound, 47-inch bass by Tony Ciasca taken on a fresh clam. Other shorty bass were reported all through the week with cocktail blues making a comeback in the local suds, gobbling up chunk baits and hitting shads. Ray suggests if you fish in the dark to use plugs like SP Minnows, Midways, or Bombers and to "work the beaches with a slow slow retrieve!" The shop also checked in a speckled sea trout from the surf!

  • October 14, 2019 Open or Close

    At Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park, Ray stated that most of his customers focused on the back bay shorelines to tangle with small stripers using Kettle Creek plastics. Otherwise it was pretty much a wash out front last week. You might want to hit your favorite beaches sometime this week at low and high tides alike to do a little surveying of any changes that occurred after the storm.

Grumpys Tackle

Grumpys Tackle
906 N.W. Central Ave
Seaside, NJ 08752
phone: 732-830-1900

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