Cape May Fishing

Cape May Fishing

As a prime area for fishing, people have been fishing in Cape May for hundreds of years. The Lenni Lenape tribe had a habit of fishing in this area during the summer. Commercial fishing became popular in Cape May in the 1600s and has continued to be a mainstay over the centuries. Cape May has ranked among the top 25 commercial fishing ports in the US. The waters are full of not just fish but also lobster and scallops. Because Cape May has beautiful beaches, surf fishing is also popular type of fishing here. Cape May fishing has a lot to offer.

Inshore fishing Cape May, Striped Bass is one of the most common type of fish caught. You could also Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, Flounder, Red Drum, Sheepshead, and Weakfish (Gray Trout). Nearshore, there are lots of bottom fish like Black Sea Bass, Porgy, and Snapper. There are also good fishing for Pollock, Tautog, Cod, and Haddock.

Fishing offshore of Cape May you can find lots of Tuna. False Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna are the most popular, but lots of Bluefin Tuna are caught each year as well. Further out to the canyons, billfish such as Blue Marlin and White Marlin are common. Sword fishing is also good in the canyons, as well as Tilefish and Wreckfish.



Top Cape May Fishing Spots

  1. 5 Fathom Bank
    5/2/2017 10:57:18 AM - 5 Fathom Bank


  2. Dredge Ohio
    6/16/2016 9:48:05 PM - Dredge Ohio is a 70' long a hydraulic cutter head dredge. It was sunk in the Ocean City Reef complex on June 16, 2016. The Dredge was designed and built to be disassembled,


  3. DWD1
    8/14/2017 9:16:45 AM - Fishing spot


  4. DWD-OG1
    8/29/2017 5:59:41 AM -


  5. Fenwick Shoal
    5/1/2017 11:10:33 PM - Fenwick Shoal


  6. William C Snow
    5/2/2017 9:22:18 AM - 55' tug boat


  7. DWD-OG
    8/29/2017 5:54:37 AM -


  8. DWD1
    8/14/2017 9:16:29 AM - Fishing spot


  9. DGS92-2
    4/17/2012 9:40:15 AM -


  10. dwd2
    8/26/2017 6:50:43 AM -



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Cape May Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Cape May, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 44.66% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 30844 Black Sea Bass counted.


  3. Flounder

  4. Flounder

    There is a 12.07% catch rate for Flounder, based on 8333 Flounder counted.


  5. Tautog

  6. Tautog

    There is a 8.48% catch rate for Tautog, based on 5854 Tautog counted.


  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 5.37% catch rate for Pollock, based on 3707 Pollock counted.


  9. Weakfish

  10. Weakfish

    There is a 5.35% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 3698 Weakfish counted.


  11. Spiny Dogfish

  12. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 4.69% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 3237 Spiny Dogfish counted.


  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.7% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1866 Spotted Seatrout counted.


  15. White Perch

  16. White Perch

    There is a 1.8% catch rate for White Perch, based on 1243 White Perch counted.


  17. Bluefish

  18. Bluefish

    There is a 1.63% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1128 Bluefish counted.


  19. Striped Bass

  20. Striped Bass

    There is a 1.48% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 1021 Striped Bass counted.


Recommedations above based on 79 species of fish and 69060 fish counted for May around Cape May.

To date, there are 117 species of fish and a total of 784867 fish counted for Cape May and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as 1939..

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Top Cape May Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Grassy Sound Marina
    Situated on the Grassy Sound Channel in beautiful Cape May County, N.J. Creating memories with family and friends at Grassy Sound Marina will be the highlight of your Summer. Enjoy optimal access to prime fishing and crabbing areas or spend the day o

  2. Cape May Bait & Tackle LLC
    NJ Southern Most Bait and Tackle in West Cape May. Your one stop bait and tackle store for the Jersey Shore.

  3. Budd's Bait and Tackle
    Full line of fishing and crabbing supplies. Blue Crabs caught daily by our own crabber. Crabs cooked daily with your choice of spice(regular, hot, garlic).

  4. Harbor View Marina


  5. Moran's Dockside
    Bait, tackle, deli, hoagies, breakfast sandwiches and more!

  6. Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle
    Supplying the Inshore, Offshore, Surf and Kayak Angler for 19 years.

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Top Cape May Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Caveman Sportfishing
    We specializing in trophy Stripers and Black Drum inshore and all Tuna species, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi (Dolphin) Offshore.

  2. Avalon Fishing Charters
    Our Inshore and Deep Sea Fishing Charters come in three durations. 5 Hour half day chaters, 8 hour full day charters, and 10 hour extended day charters for reaching those fish just a bit further offshore. Our NJ Deep Sea Fishing Charters offer a chan

  3. First Fish Adventures
    First Fish Adventures - Back Bay fishing charters

  4. UnReel Sportfishing
    We fish 7 days a week offering private charter fishing, as well as open boat seats. Located in Cape May, NJ

  5. Tara Anne Charters
    Whether you are deep sea fishing NJ for Shark, tuna, Blues or other great fighting fish. Let Captain Joe Lyons and Captain Nick Lyons and the crew of the Tara Anne help you land the Big ones!

  6. Down Deep Sportfishing


  7. Copacetic Sportfishing
    Take advantage of an awesome day at sea with one of Cape May’s premier light tackle sportfishing boats. Whether you choose inshore or offshore, are a novice or a seasoned angler, we will provide you with a fun, relaxing, fish-filled day. "IT'

  8. Sea Star III
    The SEA STAR III is a 65' Party Boat. She sails 6 hour OPEN BOAT fishing trips Daily at 9AM from Cape May,NJ. USCG Inspected to carry up to 78 passengers.SUPER CLEAN, AFFORDABLE, and FAMILY FRIENDLY! We help make memories that will last a LIFETIM

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Top Cape May Marinas

  1. Grassy Sound Marina
    Situated on the Grassy Sound Channel in beautiful Cape May County, N.J. Creating memories with family and friends at Grassy Sound Marina will be the highlight of your Summer. Enjoy optimal access to prime fishing and crabbing areas or spend the day o

  2. Harbor View Marina


  3. Miss Chris Marina


  4. South Jersey Marina


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Buoy Conditions

Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM Southeast of Cape May, NJ
May 20, 2022 2:40 am EDT
Location: 38.46N 74.692W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 7.8 knots
Wind Gust: 9.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.85 in (1010.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 61.7°F (16.5°C)
Dew Point: 60.3°F (15.7°C)
Water Temperature: 59.7°F (15.4°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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