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Keyport Marine Basin Bait & Tackle
Bait & Tackle
340 West Front Street
P.O. Box 455
Keyport, NJ 07735
(732) 264-9421
ask for John & Bob
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"Fast Access from Matawan Creek"
Photo taken on 5/18/01
Located on the eastern banks of Matawan Creek, the Bait & Tackle Store at the Keyport Marine Basin is your only stop for a day of fishing & boating on the Raritan Bay. With a diverse selection of Bait & Tackle, a fully stocked Ships Store on site, and a quick & easy boat ramp with safe parking, you can fish popular Bay grounds like Buoy 1 in Keyport, the Reach & Chapel Hill Channels, and the grounds near the Keansberg Pier, or head out 8 miles to the Atlantic and Sandy Hook, for flounder, fluke, blues, stripers & weaks.
" The Bayshore Authority since 1958! "
Hours of Operation
Day Season Open Closed
Mon - Fri Mar 1st - Nov 30th 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun Mar 1st - Nov 30th 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Mon - Sun Dec 1st - Mar 14th 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Clean Restrooms & Public Telephone Available
Boat repairs on Premesis, Mechanic on Duty

Marina, Boat Ramp & Marine Store

For all of your boating needs

Click here to go to the Ships Store
Wide Selection of

Rod & Reel Combos
Light & Medium weight

Inshore & Offshore
Dedicated to the Sport of Fishing
All Sizes
Penn International series

Get your Annual

Hunting & Fishing
Licenses here.

"The Right Rig catches the Most Fish"

We stock a full selection of rigs for all the local species in Raritan Bay, as well as rigs for ocean wreck fishing & offshore chunking & trolling. Check out our wide selection of hooks, lures & jigs to fill your tackle box. Rods & Reels of all sizes, including big-game gear.
Check out our Selection of Bait, Tackle & Accessories
Live Bait
We stock a selection of Live Bait buckets & Aerators to keep'em alive
Killies - Sandworms - Bloodworms - Green Crabs - Fiddler Crabs - Clams - Bunker(when available - Live and/or Fresh(for chunks)) - Eels - Herring(when available) - Freshwater Live Bait(Millworms, Garden Worms, Night Crawlers, Shiners, Flat Heads) - Live Bait Buckets

Species Blood Worms Sand Worms Live Killies Live Bunker Live Herring Live Eels Green Crabs Fiddler Crabs Live Clams
Frozen Bait Peanut Bunker & Finger Mullet are an excellent bait for Giant Fluke Bunker(single) - Peanut Bunker - Mackerel(single) - Spearing - Sandeels - Mullet - Whole Large Squid - Pre-cut Squid - Small Squid - Bally-hoo(Rigged & Unrigged) - Clams

Species Frozen Spearing Frozen Sandeels Frozen Bunker Bally-Hoo Frozen Mackerel Frozen Mullet Large Squid Small Squid Cut Squid Frozen Clams
Chum & Flats
Plenty of Terminal Tackle available to handle your next Offshore Trip
Also specialty knives for cutting frozen bait
Bunker Chum(2 - 5 gallon) - Mackerel Chum(5 gallon) - Clam Sticks - Flats of Bait(Bunker, Mackerel, Butterfish) - Chum Pots & Chum Bags - Knives for Chunking

Species 2 gal Bunker Chum 5 gal Bunker Chum 4 gal Mackerel Chum Clam Sticks Bunker Flat Mackerel Flat Butterfish Flat
Fishing Tackle
Change your line every season.
Line removal & spooling done on premises.
Best hooks in the business

Hooks(many sizes & styles - Mustad, Gamakatsu, Owner, Eagle Claw) - Sinkers(many sizes - Bank, Pan, Egg & Pyramid) - Trolling Sinkers & Leaders - Line(Mono (Ande & Trilene), Wire, Dacron) - Line removal & spooling done on premises

Line for today's angler

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

Top names in artificial baits

Rods & Reels Reel repairs, bring and restore your old reels.

Come in and see our full line of Okuma and Tsunami rods

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 - Van Staal Reels - Big Game Combos - Abu Garcia Reels - Child Sized Rods & Reels - Rod & Reel Repair Service(Bring in your broken rods & reels) - Custom Rods - Big Game Rod & Reel Combos - Downrigger & Outrigger clips & line - 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
Make the most of your opportunities to catch fish, be prepared for anything.
Knives(many types & styles) - Scales - Scalers - Cutting boards - Buckets - Tape Measures - Stringers - Game Bags - Jetty Cleats - Sandspikes - Landing Nets - Gaffs - Seine Nets - Killie & Eel traps - Maryland Crab Traps - Box Crab Traps & Drop Lines - Ziploc Bags - Flashlights, Necklights & Hatlights

Visit our Marine Store Page
Purchase you Marine Products on the premises.
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Anchors - Chains - Rope - Shackles - Cord - Tools - Outboard Oil - Life Jackets & Rings - Fire Extinguishers - Flares - Fuses - Bulbs - Cleaners - Waxes - Fuel Additives - Trailer Accessories - Hoses - Spark Plugs - Wires - Screws - Propellors - Gauges & Accessories - Marine Batteries

Other Essentials
Everything ELSE you need to enjoy your day.
Bags of Ice - Coolers - Snacks - Sodas - Bottled Water - Sunscreen - Cigarettes & Lighters - Disposable Cameras - Film - Newspapers - Magazines - Books - Free Publications - Pay Phone - Fishing Tee Shirts - Hats - Sweat Shirts - Beach Accessories - Waders - Boots - Rain Gear - Foul Weather Gear - Gloves - Binoculars - Batteries

Stop into our store on your way to these nearby locations
Location Description & Directions from the store
Marine Basin Boat Ramp
Easy Access to Shark River & the Atlantic
The boat ramp at the Marine Basin gives you fast and easy access to the Raritan Bay and Atlantic Ocean, close to fishing grounds called "The Reach", "Buoy 1" & "Chapel Hill" for Fluke, Weakfish, Bluefish & Striped Bass.

Ramp is located 100 yards behind the store! Plenty of parking.

We have a full Marine Store on site, to make your trip safe & convenient.
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 right 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 right 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 left, 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 right 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.

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
  • Captain John
  • Our Turn
Before & After your Fishing Trip
Support these "Fisherman Friendly" Businesses in Keyport
Click on a link for more Details on these businesses, right here on Fishbox.TV
  • Up the Creek Tavern for Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails & Beer, Packaged Goods
    To the Right of the Store on the Premises

  • Palate Pleasers for Breakfast
    Open in the summer, starting in June
    To the Right of the Store on the Premises
  • . Also available for Dinner, stop in after your day on the water.

    • Seaport Diner
      Exit the store and make a right 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 right 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 right on West Front Street through first light on the left at the corner.

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