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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.



Cape May Fishing Forecast

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. Flounder

  2. Flounder

    There is a 36.08% catch rate for Flounder, based on 11313 Flounder counted.

    Cape May Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

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  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 11.29% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3540 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Cape May Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE CAPE MAY ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  5. Black Sea Bass

  6. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 9.49% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2975 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Cape May Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  7. Bluefish

  8. Bluefish

    There is a 8.54% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2678 Bluefish counted.

    Cape May Bluefish Counts Chart
    Bluefish

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  9. Spot Croaker

  10. Spot Croaker

    There is a 8.31% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 2605 Spot Croaker counted.

    Cape May Spot Croaker Counts Chart
    Spot

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  11. Weakfish

  12. Weakfish

    There is a 5.24% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 1643 Weakfish counted.

    Cape May Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

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  13. Smooth Dogfish

  14. Smooth Dogfish

    There is a 4.12% catch rate for Smooth Dogfish, based on 1293 Smooth Dogfish counted.

    Cape May Smooth Dogfish Counts Chart
    Smooth

    ENLARGE CAPE MAY SMOOTH DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Striped Searobin

  16. Striped Searobin

    There is a 3.09% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 970 Striped Searobin counted.

    Cape May Striped Searobin Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE CAPE MAY STRIPED SEAROBIN COUNTS CHART


  17. Northern Searobin

  18. Northern Searobin

    There is a 1.23% catch rate for Northern Searobin, based on 386 Northern Searobin counted.

    Cape May Northern Searobin Counts Chart
    Northern

    ENLARGE CAPE MAY NORTHERN SEAROBIN COUNTS CHART


  19. Atlantic Mackerel

  20. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 1.07% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 337 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Cape May Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE CAPE MAY ATLANTIC MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 83 species of fish and 31354 fish counted for July around Cape May.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 4849091 fish counted for Cape May and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 7/4/2024 6:48:15 PM

*** 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 the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Cape May are the following:

  1. 5 Fathom Bank
    5 Fathom Bank


  2. Fenwick Shoal
    Fenwick Shoal


  3. Dredge Ohio
    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,


  4. DWD1
    Fishing spot


  5. DWD-OG1


  6. William C Snow
    55' tug boat


  7. DWD-OG


  8. DGS92-2


  9. DWD1
    Fishing spot


  10. SS Atlantus
    SS Atlantus is the most famous of the twelve concrete ships built by the Liberty Ship Building Company in Brunswick, Georgia during and after World War I.  The steamer


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

  5. 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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Bouy Conditions

Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM Southeast of Cape May, NJ
July 15, 2024 8:10 am EDT
Location: 38.46N 74.692W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 9.7 knots
Wind Gust: 9.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.94 in (1013.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 74.8°F (23.8°C)
Dew Point: 73.4°F (23.0°C)
Water Temperature: 72.3°F (22.4°C)


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