Decades of fishing tackle, both new and used, will be coming out of my garage this weekend just in time for the best fishing of the year. There’s both fresh-and-salt-water gear ranging up to big game — including 130-pound giant tuna rods as low as $25, and Mitchell lever drag reels in their wooden boxes. There are also many accessories such as a fish cleaning station, tackle boxes and bags, rod holders, coolers, Mikie’s Bait Catchers, and Chatillon hanging scales. I also have hundreds of classic fishing magazines and tackle catalogs that are free with any purchase. My latest book on surf fishing will be available along with other outdoors books.
The location is 1552 Osprey Ct., Manasquan Park, NJ 08736 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Call 732 757-5531 for information.
The inshore bluefish run has been very slow to develop. As noted in last night’s blog, Jim Louro and I had a few minutes of action with small blues at the start of the incoming in Manasquan River that afternoon from his Vicki Lynn out of Manasquan — but didn’t find any sign of them upriver. This morning I fished in Point Pleasant Canal with lots of company, but there was only a pick of small blues with no flurries. It seemed strange that blues that size would be so scattered.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports some blues of assorted sizes being caught on both bait and poppers in Barnegat Bay, but it’s just a start.
The N.J. blackfish season is closed, but that didn’t stop them from hitting sandworms from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant when I cast a few in the canal this morning. Four up to 14 1/2 inches were quickly released.
Capt. Chris DiStefano fished in Raritan Bay yesterday morning with Jimmy Herrick as they trolled stripers mostly in the high teens steadily on mo-jos along with a big fleet at the mouth of the bay.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing for tilefish at 10 p.m. Friday — returning at 4 a.m. Sunday. Reservations for that trip can be made by calling 732 528-5014. The Jamaica will be starting the sea bass season on May 15 with a 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. trip that costs $80. Call for reservations.
I’ll get caught up on all the reports tomorrow. The forecast looks good with northwest winds at 5 knots early before an afternoon change to east at 10-15 with gusts to 20 knots. There’s a chance of fog and light rain.