HISTORY  

When Andy Tonnesen says Tony's Bait & Tackle is a family business, he is not exaggerating.

The Tonnesens lay claim to being the oldest family run business in Stafford Township & one of the

oldest in Ocean County.  Established as a bait & tackle business in 1927 by Andy's grandfather

Edward Tonnesen, Tony's is actually named after Andy's great-grandfather Tonnes Tonnesen.

Tonnes, a Danish immigrant, caught & sold seafood up and down the Jersey coast from

Perth Amboy to L.B.I. and eventually settled at the location where the store is today in Stafford

Township.  In 1977, after the passing of Andy's grandfather Edward, his father Edward took over

the business after years of commercially working the bay & helping out in the bait & tackle shop.

In 1988 Edward handed the reins over to son Andy, who has been running the business to the present.

Andy operated the business for several years in the original building that his father & grandfather

did.  Since the building was low to the ground, it was prone to flooding.  In 2000 Andy tore down

the original structure and replaced it with an extensive building, allowing him to tremendously

increase his inventory, Andy tries, and usually with success, to supply his customers with a

variety of quality live, fresh & frozen baits.  To help insure the quality of his bait, Andy

                       catches a portion of the fresh and live baits sold at Tony's.  Fresh bunker, surf clams, live minnows (killies), fresh spearing, live grass shrimp,

live green crabs, live shedder crabs, live eels, bloodworms, sandworms & night crawlers are just some of the goodies on the menu.

Click on "BAIT BOARD" below for up-to-date bait availibility.

Tony's Bait & Tackle stocks a variety of fishing rods & reels including brand names such as

Shimano, Penn, Avet, Fenwick, Daiwa, Ugly Stik and Abu-Garcia. Along with selling new

equipment, Tony's Bait & Tackle can make your old rods and reels like new again in their

rod & reel service department.

Also Tony's carries several types of saltwater fishing lures such as GULP by Berkley; bucktails

by Spro, S&S and T&A; jigging and casting lures by Braid, Shimano, Daiwa, Rapala, Stingo, MaddMantis, Al Gag, Run Off, Hopkins

and Ava; trolling lures by Iland, Joe Shute, Tuna Tango, YoZuri, Fathom, Sea Striker, Mann's, Montauk Striper, Tony Maja and Tournament

Cable......Just to name a few!

To accompany your lures, Tony's has a wide assortment of hooks, terminal tackle, tackle bags,

pre-made rigs ranging from snapper blue to shark.  Top quality fishing lines such as Momoi (Diamond), Jerry Brown,

Big Game, Trilene, Seaguar and Power Pro.  To assist the landing of that big catch, Tony's stocks

various sizes of landing nets & gaffs.

Tony's Bait & Tackle is open year-round, but understandably hours are cut back in the

winter time.  Please call for store hours & the latest fishing info @ 609-597-7250 or email to hooknwhistle@yahoo.com

 


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