Fishing on the Jersey Cape
The crystal clean fish-laden waters of the Jersey Cape have been graciously satisfying vacationers' palates with the freshest and the best tasting "catch of the day" for decades
Visitors and locals alike have come to rely on the Jersey Cape to give them some of the best fishing and eating found on the east coast. Nearly forty species of fish are caught in Cape May County waters from March through December.
Even novices will be successful when they cast their lines into our waters. Charter and party boats offer four, six and eight hour fishing trips daily from Cape May County docks. If you're looking for a big trophy fish, check with a boat captain at any the local docks for off-shore fishing for Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo and Shark. If in-shore fishing for Mackerel, Drumfish Weakfish, Flounder, Bluefish, Sea Bass and Tautog is more to your liking, then try your luck from the surf, off a pier or jetty or aboard any one of the modern boats at a Jersey Cape marina.
The Cape May County Department of Tourism sponsors two fishing contests annually, the Cape May County Marlin Tournament and the Annual Fishing Tournament. The Cape May County Annual Fishing Tournament, is the longest consecutively running contest on the east coast.This annual event runs from January 1st through December 31st. There is no entry fee or pre-registration. To enter, all you have to do is weigh in your catch at one of the more than 50 official weighmasters located in Cape May County. The weighmaster will officiate your catch, then drop your completed entry card into any U.S. mail box or post office. Enter as often as you wish. All fish will be recognized by a certificate and bronze recognition pin and official entry badge. At the end of each year all fish entered
will be judged and prizes will be awarded to the top three catches in each category.
To receive more information on the Cape May County Annual Fishing Tournament including tournament rules and regulations, tide chart, and list of weighmasters as well as information on the Cape May County Marlin Tournament:
Call 1- 800 - 227-2297
The Cape May County Party and Charter Boat Association
Updated July 5, 1999
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