A Visit to the Moonie Tackle Shop

July 17, 2013

Last weekend we visited a tackle shop a friend recommended in Bayonne, NJ, to stock up on fishing and crabbing supplies for our next trip to Sandy Hook. The word on the streets is that the shop is run by Moonies so we were kind of curious to see what that was all about. Alas, no one tried to get us to sign up for a mass wedding or anything so we couldn’t confirm a Sun Myung Moon connection, but we were happy with their collection of fishing gadgets.

We found a sweet little crab trap and I tried to get Rich to buy this Smelly Jelly stuff, but he wasn’t having it. We haven’t been able to get any crabs to take the bait we’ve been using in our test runs in the marina. So far we’ve tried a Johnsonville brat and a chicken drumstick, but the crabs aren’t biting. I keep joking that we should go back for the Smelly Jelly, though I’m scared to find out what “crab attractant” actually smells like. I’ve been reading up online about what the best crab bait is, but if any crabbers out there want to weigh in, we’re all ears. Petter, are you listening?


Meanwhile, Rich wants to try out Cuban yo-yos for fishing. For those of you who don’t know them, they’re these cool little handheld fishing contraptions that don’t take up a lot of room so they’re perfect for our boat. They didn’t have any at the shop so he’s ordering them online.

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These pink fishing lures reminded me of earrings I wore in junior high.

Not only did we find some fun goodies for fishing and crabbing, but we discovered that Bayonne is a cute little slice of small-town Americana. There were tons of businesses with old neon signage and sweet little mom and pop shops all over the place.


Okay, so maybe the fur refrigeration store isn’t something you’d find in every town in America, but we couldn’t resist snapping a shot of that as we made a beeline for the ice cream shop, thinking a fur coat was the last thing we’d want in this weather. All the more reason to have your furs refrigerated, I suppose.


Anyway, we enjoyed our visit to Bayonne. Not what you’d expect when you see the place from the water with all those big cranes for loading and unloading ships.


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  • Reply kirsten July 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    i remember my dad putting in dead fish heads for bait when we went crabbing, although im sure youve done your research!

    • Reply Monica July 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Kirsten, thank you! I was dying to know what Petter used since we got so many in the San Juans when we were there for your parents’ wedding. And now you’re planning yours! Where does the time go??

  • Reply scott July 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    hey cus, salmon bellies and carcasses after filetted work amazing although im not sure how much access you have to those, chicken will work as well. it has to get pretty ripe though to be effective. we usually leave the bait in a bucket in the sun somewhere down wind for at least a few hours before putting it in the bait box.

    • Reply Monica July 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, Scott! We don’t have a lot of salmon bellies laying around, but we’ll see what we can cook up. Maybe ripeness is the key? We’ll try putting the bait in the sun next time.

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