Location: living near the least productive waters of the NE
I've learned about the B&Ts down here already.... not great selection at all, bait is hit and miss. Riptide seems as good or better than any I've gone into, but compared to the shops up the coast, they pale in comparison.
I'm just over the causeway from Brigantine, so it's a no brainer. Plus 90% of the action last fall was up at the north end, almost all the bigger fish came from up that way.