A Typical Summer Report
First, shop news.
You may have noticed our Costa display on our counter was a little sparse. Well, not anymore. We got in a nice shipment of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and it is now full. If you spend any significant time outdoors, you need a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Costas have some of the best optics in the game, which means you won’t be straining your eyes wearing them all day. Come in and check them out.
We have restocked on a number of different items. In-store, we have reloaded on a bunch of S&S Bucktails. Online, we restocked on Trailhead Tire Deflators, Shimano Tranx 300 sized low profile baitcaster reels, and Tactical Anglers clips.
As far as the fishing goes, the strong south winds earlier in the week slowed down the surf fishing for a day or two, but it has bounced back nicely with the NE wind we had Thursday. The fluke are still biting in the surf, taking both bucktails and Gulp! and sand fleas fished just outside the wash.
The striped bass fishing has slowed, but has not stopped. They are still taking both clams and sand fleas, again, fished just outside the wash.
If you want bluefish, your best bet is to fish mullet or cut bunker off the beach. We have heard of some big blues being taken in the bay, but have not seen pictures, so take those reports with a grain of salt…
We have also heard reports of some nice weakfish around “south of the shop”.
The crabbing off the local docks remains good. Bunker is the best bait, and if you want to make it interesting, we still have some castable crab traps.
We have heard some good reports of blowfish being caught by boats fishing for them in the southern part of Barnegat Bay. Chum with clam, and fish with salted clam, squid, or Fish Bites on a rig with small hooks, such as the MaiTai Flounder or Perch rigs.
Gerry Fabiano is throwing out a challenge to Shell E Caris for "Fluke King Of Island Beach State Park". He had fluke up to 19.5” and 2.35 pounds in Island Beach using Gulp!.
In the shop today, Ray had a number of scratch-off lottery tickets. He was scratching them off and realized he won on one of them. For the Simpsons fans, he acted very much like Kent Brockman when he won the lottery. He had plans to quit Grumpys and live on a tropical beach somewhere. That is, until Bob and I pointed out he won less than $100.