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Crabbys Bait & Tackle
Bait & Tackle
229 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
(732) 335-9311
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Located on the west side of historic Keyport, Crabbys provides anglers with personalized service and dedication to the sport of fishing. Whether you stop in for Live Bait, Lures & Rigs or Rods & Reels, the staff is also knowledgable on the latest fishing news in Keyport and the surrounding areas. Quick & easy access off of route 35.
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Hours of Operation
Day Season Open Closed
Mon,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat Mar 1st - Sept 30 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Tue & Sun Mar 1st - Sept 30 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Mon - Thurs Oct to "Last Striper" 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Weekends Oct to "Last Striper" Fri 6:00 a.m.
Sat & Sun 5:00 a.m.
until Fri & Sat 7:00 p.m.
Sun 6:00 p.m.
Closed Dec - Feb 28th - - -
Keyport Charter & Party Boat Information inside the store
Taxidermy info Available
Monster Stripers, Chopper Blues and Big Weaks are in the surf all around the Raritan Bay every Fall.
Our live bait machine is maintained every day to help ensure that the bait you need is available whenever you arrive!

"For the Late Night Fisherman!"

Stop by Crabby's Bait & Tackle after hours and get the freshest LIVE bait for your nighttime fishing trip. Always in stock and maintained, so don't worry about this machine being out of stock. Worms by the dozen, Clams and pairs of Live Eels keep you fishing all night long! Hi-Lo rigs for Stripers & Weaks are available and poppers for snapper fishing.

Free! Fun! Weekly Family Contests
  • Contest Rules - Starts July thru Sept Every Week
    • Sign up Weekly (Saturday to Friday)
    • Weigh your catch at the store
    • Heaviest Fluke (over 5 lbs, in season) WINS every week
    • Heaviest Striper WINS (Spring & Fall only)
    • Crabs must be measured at the store Alive
    • Crabs 6" inches to Qualify
    • 5 largest crabs by Sept 30th WIN!
    • Prizes - Tackle, Gift Certificates & T-Shirts

"The Tackle Store that Gives Something back!"

Chris & Cheryl are on the job and on call to all anglers interested in the latest Raritan Bay fishing reports & store weigh-ins. Their dedication to your fishing experience makes Crabbys Bait & Tackle the place to stop in Keyport for all your fishing needs.

Here are some of the notable winners of our weekly contests
FREE Weekly Tournements for
Fluke - Stripers - Weakfish - Bluefish & Crabs!
Stop by the store for details.
Check out our Selection of Bait, Tackle & Accessories
Live Bait
Ask Chris for some great tips on keeping your Live Bait "Alive" while on the hook!
Sandworms - Bloodworms - Green Crabs - Fiddler Crabs - Clams - Bunker(when available - Live and/or Fresh(for chunks)) - Eels - Herring(when available) - Killies - Live Bait Buckets

Species Blood Worms Sand Worms Live Killies Live Bunker Live Herring Live Eels Green Crabs Fiddler Crabs Live Clams
Frozen Bait Frozen Baits need to be rigged right! Chris & Cheryl will tell you how! Bunker(single) - Mackerel(single) - Spearing - Sandeels - Eels - Mullet - Whole Large Squid - Pre-cut Squid - Small Squid - Calamari - Clams

Species Frozen Spearing Frozen Sandeels Frozen Bunker Frozen Mackerel Frozen Eels Frozen Mullet Large Squid Small Squid Cut Squid Frozen Clams
Chum & Flats
Get results while chumming, ask about the different methods and how to bait & rig your lines.
Bunker Chum - Mackerel Chum(4 gallon) - Clam Logs - Flats of Bait(Bunker, Mackerel, Butterfish, Sardines, Squid) - Chum Pots & Chum Bags - Knives for Chunking

Species 2 gal Bunker Chum 5 gal Bunker Chum 4 gal Mackerel Chum Clam Logs Bunker Flat Mackerel Flat Butterfish Flat Sardine Flat Squid Flat
Fishing Tackle
Get more Strikes & Hook more fish. The right hook makes the difference.
Best hooks in the business

Hooks(many sizes & styles - Mustad, Gamakatsu) - Sinkers(many sizes - Bank, Pan & Pyramid) - Line(Mono (Ande, Trilene, Fireline, Stren, Simms, Power Pro), Wire, Dacron) - Line removal & spooling done on premises

Line for today's angler

Packaged Rigs for ALL species - Metal Jigs - Artificial Worms & fish - Tons of Floating & Diving Plugs - Spinners & Spoons - Umbrella Rigs - Spinners, Spoons & Bunker Spoons - Offshore Lures & Tuna Feathers - Saltwater Flys - Flourocarbon Leader Material - Snap & Barrel Swivels - Bucktails - Tackle boxes & storage Solutions

Top names in artificial baits

Rods & Reels Many Premium Brand reels in Stock, everyday!
Our reels are the best in the world

Penn Conventional Inshore & Offshore Reels - Spinners from Penn, Shimano & Daiwa - Specialty Rod & Reel Combos - Quantum Reels - Finn-Nor Reels - Big Game Combos - Abu Garcia Reels - Child Sized Rods & Reels - Custom Rods - Big Game Rod & Reel Combos - Surf Poles & Reels - All Types of Rods(Penn, Shakespeare Ugly Stik, Daiwa, Lamiglas, St. Croix, Star) - Outrigger & Downrigger clips, line & weights
Custom Rods and these Great Names

Fishing Accessories
We specialize in inshore fishing & crabbing accessories
Knives(many types & styles) - Scales - Scalers - Cutting boards - Buckets - Tape Measures - Stringers - Game Bags - Sandspikes - Landing Nets - Gaffs - Seine Nets - Killie & Eel traps - Maryland Crab Traps - Box Crab Traps & Drop Lines - Ziplock Bags - Flashlights & Necklights

Other Essentials
Let us help you get prepared for your day fishing & crabbing.
Bags of Ice - Coolers - Snacks - Sodas - Bottled Water - Sunscreen - Lighters - Disposable Cameras - Film - Newspapers - Magazines - Free Publications - First Aid Kits - Fishing Tee Shirts - Hats - Sweat Shirts - Boots - Rain Gear - Maps - Tide Charts - Gloves - Binoculars Batteries

Stop into our store on your way to these nearby locations
Location Description & Directions from the store
Keyport Pier
Fun & Comfortable Family Fishing & Crabbing
The pier opens daily at sunrise until 10pm. Great place to bring the youngsters for a fun time fishing. Crabbing and Snapper Bluefish are the mainstay in the summer, however fishing for Stripers, Blues & Fluke is also very productive. During the winter the flounder fishing is excellent in the channel 25 yards off the end of the pier.

Exit the store and make a left onto West Front Street. Continue through the next light then make a left on American Legion Way. Pier is on the bulkhead. Park in the lot on the right.

We carry crab traps, droplines, scoop nets and crab bait! Also check out our rods & reels for the kids.
Union Beach "The Point"
World Class Saltwater Fly Fishing
A small grassy knoll at the west end of Union Beach, offers parking and a short walk to the point. Fly fish for stripers, or wade into the calm shallow waters for all the bayshore species.

Exit the store and make a left on West Front Street. Go to the center of Keyport, and make a left onto Broad St. Make your next right onto First street and continue down 1 mile. The road splits, bear left and go to the end. Make a left onto Florence and continue to the beach, about 1.5 miles. At the beach make a left and go to the end to park and walk to "The Point".

We carry Jetty Cleats & Sandspikes for safe & comfortable fishing.
Cliffwood Beach
You won't believe you are in New Jersey
Cliffwood beach is unlike any beach in New Jersey, with "The Cliff" and the wooded trails that give access to anglers. Surf fish for Fluke, Blues & Stripers. Early morning, Twilight & Late night is best for Stripers. Use whole clams tied on a 2 foot leader & a pyramid sinker during the incoming tide.

Exit the store and go right, to Route 35 North. Continue 2 miles to Cliffwood Avenue, and make a right. Stay on Cliffwood avenue until you go over 2 small bridges. Each bridge has parking and access to the beach, but the 2nd bridge is more convenient.

Make it official!! Weigh in your fish at our store.
Bulkhead fishing
Park next to where you fish!
An excellent winter spot for flounder fishing. Spring Summer & Fall offers fluke, snapper blues, stripers & blue claw crabbing.

Exit the store and make a left on West Front Street. Go straight through next light to American Legion Way, and make a left.

Just be cautious of the close car traffic along the bulkhead.
"The Wall"
Most Popular local spot for Stripers & Flounder
The Wall at Cliffwood Beach & Aberdeen Township is one of the most popular shore fishing spots in the area. Striped Bass & Flounder, in season are the main draw. Safe fishing from the wall, 24 hours a day.

Exit the store down West Front Street behind the Wendy's and McDonalds to Cliffwood Avenue, and make a right. This road turns into Shore Concourse, go to the end and make a left onto beach avenue. Parking Lot & Street Parking available.

Make it official!! Weigh in your fish at our store.
The Bog
Striper Experts know this place very well
Like "the Wall" the bog offers local bay wildlife, including an abundance of Striped Bass. These grassy areas are the perfect spot for baitcasting for stripers during the seasons. Flounder also abound in this shallow water area of the Raritan Bay.

Exit the store down West Front Street behind the Wendy's and McDonalds to Cliffwood Avenue, and make a right. This road turns into Shore Concourse, go to the end and make a right onto Beach Avenue. Guard Rail Parking. Make sure you park at the guard rail to avoid being ticketed.

Make it official!! Weigh in your fish at our store.

Fishing Boats in Keyport
Stop in the store for information on these and other fishing opportunities in & around Keyport & the Bayshore
Captain John's Fishing & Cruising
Specializing in Family Fishing Fun!

Captain John Connell & the crew of the Captain John set sail for 3/4 day Flounder & Fluke from April 1 to the end of the fluke season.
In May & June go fishing for Stripers in the evening, in July & August the evning run targets fluke, weaks & blues. After Fluke season, the 3/4 day trip is for weaks & stripers, with evening striper trips available as well.

On Columbus Day make your reservations for a very special full day of chumming for blues, or in August plan for a 24 hour canyon trip for yellowfin tuna.
Party Boats Charters
  • Our Turn
Before & After your Fishing Trip
Support these "Fisherman Friendly" Businesses in Keyport
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Stop by for your essentials
Right accross from Crabby's Bait & Tackle. Stop in for your other essentials - Beer - Wine - Spirits - Ice - Cigarettes - Cigars - Lottery - ATM Machine - Bar
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  • Seaport Diner
    Exit the store and make a left on West Front Street 3/4 mile to the center of Keyport. Make a right onto Broad 100 yards on the left. Free Parking on the street or in the Municipal Parking lot.

  • First Wok Chinese Food - Free Delivery
    Exit the store and make a left on West Front Street 3/4 mile to the center of Keyport. Make a right onto Broad 75 yards on the left. Free Parking on the street or in the Municipal Parking lot.

  • Smith's Liquor Shop
    Exit the store and make a left across broadway at the opposite corner.

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