Founded in 2002, Grumpys Tackle has fast become a leader in the full service tackle industry. From our custom rod building and reel service departments to our expert fishing info and advice we've got you covered. We carry a full line of the latest rods,reels and accessories to accomodate the novice to the most seasoned angler. So whether it be a relaxing afternoon crabbing on the beautiful Barnegat Bay or pursuing your favorite game fish by boat or the surf at Island Beach State Park let Grumpys serve all your fishing needs.




Tom Hansen "Grumpy hisself"

Owner/Shop Mascot

Where do we start? Tom has been in the tackle industry since 90's. He opened up the"Original" Grumpys Tackle out of his garage back in 2002 and after a overwhelming response he felt he needed a bigger and better shop. In 2006 the Grumpys Tackle empire was opened in Seaside Park and the rest is history! Tom is known for his "Grumpy" persony but don't let that fool you! He loves to break chops but there's not a more hard working and more generous person in this industry. He loves to target Tarpon at his 2nd home in Trinidad where he visits a few times a year.


Ray Kerico


Ray has been in the fishing industry for pretty much his whole life. He began at a small tackle shop at a very young age . There he learned the in's and out's of running a tackle shop.  He was ordering product and managing inventory at the age of 16! In 2008 Grumpys Tackle came calling for Ray and the rest is history. Ray does almost all the ordering at the shop and is known for having his finger on the pulse. Keeping the shop full with the latest and greatest stuff is Rays full time job and he doesn't disappoint! If Rays not in the shop you can expect to see him Fishing. Avid Fisherman that loves to trophy fish for Blackfish, Fluke, and Makos.


Bob Hyrszko

Rod Builder/Human Resources Director

Bob started off as a customer of Grumpys  Tackle! There he found his new love and future employment... Rod Building! Bob has become one of the top rod builders in area. If he's not at Grumpys he's fishing locally or at his 2nd home in Trinidad targeting giant Tarpon.


Frank Zappella

Reel Tech/Asst. Manager

 Fishing as long as he can remember, Frankie Z. brings a variety of fishing experience to round out our staff's vast amount of angling knowledge. Having managed a small Mom and Pop bait shop it has prepared him for the role as Grumpys Asst. Manager. He is also our experienced and accomplished Reel Technician, repairing all major brands on the market today as well as the classics. His pursuit of the Striped Bass has not wavered over the last 35 years, whether it be by boat or by surfcasting.

Sean Smida

Employee / "Bait Manager"

Sean has been in the tackle industry for a long time! He started with Ray at a small mom and pop shop in Toms River.  At Grumpys you'll usually see Sean behind the counter helping customer or managing the "bait situation". When Sean's not at Grumpys he's usually fishing!

Andrew Wojturski  "Sheldon"

Employee / IT/ Rod Builder

Andrew is the new kid on the block! He does a little bit of everything at the shop. You usually see him behind the counter. He's excellent with customers and has a love for fishing on the beach for sharks and bass.