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Newly Remodeled for 2003
Murphy's Hook House
Bait & Tackle
Ice - Propane Refills

2701 Route 37 East
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 270-3856
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Murphy's Hook House
Deer Check Station & Scale
Striped Bass Tag Collection
New Jersey B.B.A. Recommended & Commended
2 NJ Certified Weigh-in Scales

Gladly Accepted
Local Checks Accepted

"Saltwater & Freshwater Supplies"
Photo taken on 7/5/01
The Hook House has been a reliable headquarters for sportsmen fishing in and around the Tom's River area. Located just before the causeway to Seaside Heights & Island Beach State Park, Murphy's also attrocts anglers targeting the Barnegat Bay, Lake Shenandoah & Manasquan Reservoir. Dennis is knowledgeable on all of these areas, making Murphy's Hook House one of the most diverse Bait & Tackle Stores in New Jersey.
" Murphy's Hook House since 1971! "
Hours of Operation
Season Days Open Closed
May 2004 Mon - Fri
6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
(9:00 p.m. Fri)
May 2004 Sat & Sun
5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
(7:00 p.m. Sun)
Mem Day - Labor Day Mon - Thur 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Mem Day - Labor Day Fri, Sat & Sun 4:00 a.m.
(5:00 am Friday)
until 10:00 p.m.
(9:00 p.m. Sunday)
Oct & Nov Mon - Sat
Open Thanksgiving
6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
(9:00 p.m. Friday)
Oct & Nov Sat & Sun 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
(8:00 p.m. Sunday)
December 7 days
Closed Xmas
& New Years
6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Local Info on Boat Rentals, Party & Charter Boats & Shore Fishing Locations

Just ask Homer,
Murphy's Mascot

"Hows the Surf Today?"

Always in Stock, ask Dennis which colors are HOT!
Now Available!
NJ Beach Buggy Assoc.
Sign-up Kits
If you have never tried Surf Fishing in Island Beach State Park, make Murphy's your next stop for all the info you need to get started.
Friendly & Experienced Fisherman on Duty

Dennis is an experienced New Jersey Fisherman, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He combines this with friendly & helpful customer service, making Murphy's Hook House one of the best Bait & Tackle stores in Ocean County.

Everything You Need for a Day of Fishing
No matter what kind of Fishing trip you have planned, Murphy's Hook House has it all. Whether fishing on your boat in the Barnegat Bay or the Manasquan Reservoir, Trout fishing in a local stream or Surf Casting off of Island Beach State Park. Get the gear & accessories you need to make it a success.
Top Quality Gear for Surf Fishing
Being a large part of the Island Beach State Park fishing scene, as well as a commendation from the Beach Buggy Association, Murphy's Hook House carries all the gear that makes IBSP fishing possible. Take a look at what's in stock, or ask about hard to find items, Murphy's has the answers.

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Line Capacity-790yds/30lb


Quality construction using 10 ball bearings.
Line Capacity-220yds/8lb

Lex Lures
Swimmers & Poppers

Made by fishermen to perform for you. Each Lex Lure is a high quality addition to your lure collection, available in many colors.

Tsunami Plugs & poppers

Tsunami's come with 2 VMC trebble hooks. Many have holographic finishes. Just like Yo-Zuri! These new lures are a �Pro's Choice� lure!

Check out our Selection of Bait, Tackle & Accessories
Saltwater Live Bait
We stock a selection of Live Bait buckets & Aerators to keep'em alive
Live Bait  Killies - Sandworms - Bloodworms - Green Crabs - Eels -

Frozen Bait  Bunker(single) - Bunker Heads - Mackerel(Whole Single & Fillets) - Spearing - Sandeels - Eels - Mullet - Whole Giant Squid - Pre-cut Squid - Small Squid - Clams

Fresh Bait  Fresh Shucked Clams(No Mess) - Salted Clams - Fresh Bunker - Peanut Bunker(when available) - Mullet(when available) - Spearing(when available) - Sand Eels(when available) - Sheddars(when available)

Popular Saltwater Species
Species Squid Clams Shrimp Killies Spearing Bunker

Striped Bass

Fluke(Summer Flounder)

Blues & Snapper Blues

Live Bait

Specializing in your Freshwater fishing bait
Garden Worms - Night Crawlers - Baby Night Crawlers - Shiners -
Springtime Baits
(Red & Natural Mealworms - Fat Heads - Rosy Reds - Wax Worms) - Live Bait Buckets

Local Freshwater Fish

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass



Sunfish & Bluegills

Calico Bass (Crappie)

Yellow Perch


Get First Hand Freshwater info - Call 732-270-3856
Chum & Flats
We stock Chum Bags & Weighted Chum Pots
Also specialty knives for cutting frozen bait

Bunker Chum(Quarts - 4 & 5 gallon) - Mackerel Chum(5 gallon) - Clam Chum Quarts & Gallon Bags - 50 & 25 pound Flats of Bait(Bunker, Mackerel, Butterfish) - 125 & 250 count Worm Flats - Chum Pots & Chum Bags - Knives for Chunking

Species Quart Bunker Chum 4 & 5 gal Bunker Chum 5 gal Mackerel Chum Clam Chum Bunker Flat Mackerel Flat Butterfish Flat Bunker Oil Worm Flats
Winter Flounder
Fishing Tackle
Change your line every season.
Line removal & spooling done on premises.

Best hooks in the business

Hooks(many sizes & styles - Mustad, Gamakatsu, Eagle Claw) - Circle Hooks - Sinkers(many sizes - Bank, Storm, Cushion, Pan, Pyramid, Rubber Core Sinkers, Pinch-Ons, Egg Sinkers, Trolling Sinkers) Line(Mono (Ande, Trilene, Power-Pro, Stren), Wire, Spider-Mono) - Line removal & spooling done on premises

Line for today's angler

"Corky's" Packaged Rigs for ALL species - Shark Rigs - Sabiki Rigs - Metal Jigs - Diamond - Hopkins - Crippled Herring - Gators - Squid Spoons - Artificial Worms & fish - FIN-S -
Floating & Diving Plugs - Tsunami - Gary Yamamoto - Lex - Bomber - Corky's - Redfin - Atom - Creek Chub - Gibbs - Bagleys - Gags
Spinners & Spoons - Umbrella Rigs with Shad 4" - 6" - Spinners - Mepps, Rooster-tails Gary Yamamoto 4" & 6" - Senkos Bunker Spoons - Mann Stretch 8's to 30's - Sea Striker - Offshore Lures & Tuna Feathers Rigged & Unrigged - Cedar Plugs - Skip's Originals - Flourocarbon Leader Material - S-Pro Snap & Barrel Swivels - Bucktails - Parachute Jigs - Tackle boxes, bags & storage Solutions

Top names in artificial baits

HOT colors - Watermelon, Bubble Gum & Pumpkin
Rods & Reels Rod repair services available

Our reels are the best in the world

Penn Conventional Inshore & Offshore Reels - Spinners from Okuma, Penn, Shimano & Daiwa - Specialty Rod & Reel Combos - Fin-Nor Reels - Big Game Combos - Abu Garcia Reels - Quarrow - Child Sized Rods & Reels - Rod Repair Service(Bring in your broken rods) - Custom Rods - Big Game Rod & Reel Combos - Downrigger & Outrigger clips & line - Surf Poles & Reels - All Types of Rods(Penn, Seeker, Shakespeare Ugly Stik, Daiwa, Lamiglas, Star)

Custom Rods and these Great Names

Freshwater Fishing
We stock these products for Freshwater Fishing

FIN-S - Mepps Lures - Roostertails - Scents - Bobbers & Floats - Eagle Claw Hooks - Swivels - Split Shots - Lead Heads - Fin-S - Jig & Pig - All Kinds of Pork Baits - Sammy Lures - Spinner Baits - Buzz Baits - Poppers - Gamakatsu Hooks - ZOOM & Bass Assasin Worms - Rattle-Neck Jigs - Chain Stringers - Scales - Waders & Suspenders - Boots(up to knee) Phoebe Lures - Rapalas - Kastmasters

Fishing Accessories
One of the most important aspects of fishing is being prepared!

Knives - Scales - Scalers - Cutting boards - Buckets - Tape Measures - Stringers - Jetty Cleats - Sandspikes - Landing Nets - Gaffs - Seine Nets - Casting Nets - Killie & Eel traps - Maryland Crab Traps - Box Crab Traps & Drop Lines - Calico Crab Rakes - Hat Lights, Flashlights & Necklights - Fishing Gloves - Surf Bags

Other Essentials
Everything ELSE you need to enjoy your day.

Bags of Ice - Coolers & Cooler Carts - Snacks - Sodas - Bottled Water - Sunscreen - Cigarettes & Lighters - Magazines - Books - Free Publications - Fishing Tee Shirts - Hats - Sweat Shirts - Waders(Pro-Line Rubber & Neoprene) - Boots - Rain Gear - Foul Weather Gear - Gloves - Wood Bushell Baskets - Helly Hansen Bibs & Jackets Batteries -


Stop into our store on your way to these nearby locations
Location Description & Directions from the store
Island Beach State Park
World Class Surf Fishing
Fish with the best and get your prize catch. Permits for 4 wheel drive vehicles available. Drive right on the beach and fish all day or all night. The park is reknown throughout NJ for being one of the best spots for Striped Bass, Blues & Albacore.

Exit the store go right on 37 east over the Bridge to route 35 south to Seaside Park which puts you on Central Avenue. Stay on Central to the end. Park Entrance, stop at gate. Go to Gillikan's Road, Area 15, Area 23, Short Road & Two Bit Road

Stop by the park office 3 miles into the park for all the literature and maps of the park.
Herring Ave & Casino Pier
Right next to the Boardwalk
Surf fisherman prize Herring Ave for the surf & the Casino Pier is just perfect for the whole family. Stop in Murphy's Hook House for the latest reports from this great spot. Striped Bass, Croakers, Kingfish, Blues & Fluke.

Exit the store and make a right on route 37 east over the bridge to Seaside Heights. Head down to the beach and go left. Take to the very end. Parking (pay in the summer) available at the end of Herring Ave at the beach.

We carry surf poles, sandspikes and fresh & salted clams!
Huddy Park - Tom's River
Huddy Park
An excellent spot for summertime fishing for weakfish, snapper blues & blue claw crabbing. Plenty of benches near the bulkhead, perfect for the kids.

Exit the store and make a right to the next Uturn. Head west on route 37 to Route 166 South (Main Street - Tom's River). Make a right at Water Street and park in lot on the immediate right. Additional Parking available across from park.

Huddy Park parking lot & the Parking Lot across the street
14th Ave Pier & 5th Ave Pier
Family Fishing with the kids
Family Fishing with the kids
The calm waters of Barnegat Bay make fishing at the 14th Avenue Pier safe & productive. Catch Fluke, Weaks, Snapper Blues, Winter Flounder or Crabs.

Exit the store go right on 37 east over the Bridge to route 35 south to Seaside Park which puts you on Central Avenue. Stay on Central to 14th Avenue and make a right. Take 14th down to the end. Plenty of parking. 5th Ave Pier located at the end of 5th Avenue at Barnegat Bay.

Calm Protected Waters
Make it official!! Weigh in your fish at our store.
Island Heights Public Access
Island Heights
An excellent spot for fishing for winter Winter Flounder, fluke, stripers, blowfish, snapper blues & blue claw crabbing. Exit the store and make a right to the next Uturn. Head west on route 37 to Vaughn Ave and take the jughandle to go left. Continue down to the water.

Some areas do not have fishing spots. Read the signs along the bulkhead & on the piers.
Berkely Island County Park
Safe, Fun & Comfortable Family Fishing & Crabbing
The park has a concrete seawall and a fishing pier that many anglers in the area frequent for excellent fishing from the shores of the Barnegat Bay. Snapper Blues & Crabs in the summer, Fluke during the season, blowfish, kingfish, weaks & stripers all run off the pier during the year.
Exit the store and make Uturn for Route 37 west to the exit for route 9 south. Head south about 12 miles into Bayville. Follow signs for Berkely Island County Park on the left.

We carry crab traps, droplines, scoop nets and crab bait! Also check out our rods & reels for the kids.
Manasquan Reservoir
Catch Hybrid Striped Bass
Boat Launching & some slips offered
Great spot for your electric motor & boat, and fishing for hybrid striped bass, trout, muskies, largemouth and many other freshwater species. Exit the store and make a right to the next Uturn. Head west on route 37 to the Parkway, go North to exit 93 for I 195 west. West on 195 to route 9 north. Two lights to Georgia-Tavern Road and make a right, 2 miles, park is on the left.

Hybrid Stripers have the same regulations as the Striped Bass
Lake Shenandoah
Freshwater Fishing
Largemouth Bass, Trout and other Freshwater Gamefish inhabit the clean healthy lake. The park is also the perfect spot to rent or launch a small boat for the lake. There is also a pier, and a brook that runs through the woods.
Exit the store and make a right to the next Uturn. Head west on route 37 to the Parkway, go North to exit 91 for route 88 west until you cross route 9. Park is about 2 miles on the left.

Check out our selection of Freshwater Baits, lures & tackle.

Fishing Boats near Tom's River
Stop in the store for information on these and other fishing opportunities in & aroundSeaside Park & Barnegat Bay
in Nearby Point Pleasant Beach

in Nearby Point Pleasant Beach

in Nearby Point Pleasant Beach

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