Warm Weather Brings More Fish
Some quick shop news. We got in some new stuff this week. We are restocked on JoeBaggs stuff, including the resin jigs. The past couple of summers these have been the hot lure for Spanish Mackerel, false albacore and bonito. Don’t wait until when these fish get here to stock up, by then it may be too late.
We have restocked on Tony Maja trolling rods. The early spring striper bite has been hot the past couple years (from the boats, sorry surf guys), but many days you need to troll to find them. Tony Maja Spoons have been a big part of that bite. These rods are what you need to swim those spoons correctly. Stop in the shop and check them out.
We have a few more big orders on the way that we have been waiting on for literally months. If you have been waiting for us to restock something in the store, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, as we will post what arrives on these as soon as we open the boxes. If you want something from one of those posts we do not yet have in the online store, hit the Contact Us link and let us know. We’ll ship it out to you.
April first is the opening day of Tautog (Blackfish/Tog/WhiteChin) season. We will have green crabs in stock for everyone who wants to target them. We also have the best blackfish jigs made, the S&S Whitechin Wrecker.
Don’t forget we are having an online sale on S&S Bucktails Rattletail and Rattletail 2.0 bucktails. They are all 40% off, in the online store only. No discount code needed. If you don’t want them shipped, in-store pickup is an available option at checkout.
As far as reports go, we had a weekend of warm sunny weather which warmed up the bay water nicely. This did two things. It started moving the striped bass away from the mud flats on the west side of the bay and spread them out to more areas. We have started hearing reports of them from more spots in Barnegat Bay, including the east side. We have also heard more reports of stripers hitting lures. It’s not quite “topwater bite” warm yet, but the usual suspects are still working. For those who have missed previous reports, those are hard baits like Rapala X-raps, small Yozuri Mag Darters, 5 inch Cotton Cordell Red Fins, small Scabelly Gliders and Midway Lures Swizzle Sticks, or soft baits like Kettle Creek Shads on light jig heads, small Storm Wildeye Shads, small Tsunami Pro Holographis Swim Shads, and Vudu Shads.
The other thing the warm weather has done is stirred up the winter flounder bite. We have been hearing good reports of people getting their two winter flounder throughout the weekend. We have bloodworms and clam chum for them.
It is one week until Easter. Ray is looking forward to the classic festival of rebirth and resurrection. Or maybe he just enjoys dressing like a rabbit. Bob shouldn’t be encouraging him like this…