Situated at the southern tip of New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula, the resort city of Cape May draws keen anglers throughout the year, with many reputable fishing charters available, usually including a license in their package.
The wide array of angling opportunities found in Cape May is almost unrivalled, with the city’s marinas perpetually lined with fishing boats, and fishing is even allowed along some of the city’s beaches, groins and jetties. But if you’re keen to cast a line from the vast expanse of the ocean, whether it’s for deep sea fishing, coastal fishing, or anything else, there are a large number of fishing trips you can book yourselves onto. We’ve picked out three of the best.
4 Hour Trolling Trip
Go trolling – a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water – for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and more during this 4-hour fishing adventure. Hosted by Capt. Steve Beer, you’ll board his 35’ Maine Coaster that accommodates up to 6 guests. There’s an enclosed cabin with lots of seating space, a private toilet, and plenty of deck room for battling huge fish. Guests are provided with Shimano and Penn fishing equipment and bait, and if you want to keep the catch for a meal, the first mate will clean and fillet it for you free of charge. Tours start at 10am. From $649 (max 6 people)
6 Hour Trip – Offshore
Check the Wahoo bite offshore on this 6-hour afternoon trip. Whether you’re a novice or fish every weekend, the operators of this fun-packed tour promise to have you reeling them in like a pro. The trip takes place aboard a 24’ Crowline Ex, powered by a 260 HP MerCruiser that propels you across the water at up to 35 knots, ensuring you don’t waste any time traveling. The vessel has a spacious back deck with ample seating, so you can stay comfortable even while hitting the more distant offshore fishing grounds. Species you’ll target include Striped Bass, Red Snapper (when in season), Kingfish, and more. All departure times are flexible and can be discussed with the Captain. From $991 (max 6 people)
3 Hour Afternoon Bay (Calm Waters)
A hugely popular option for fishing on the calm back bay, during this 3-hour tour you’ll mainly target Flounder, Weakfish and Kingfish, and a handful of other species. A great trip for kids and novices to get the “hang” of fishing, you’ll fish onboard a 28’ Steiger Craft vessel that accommodates up to 6 guests of any age, experience, and aptitude. The crew take great pride in setting up a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, coaching and helping you every step of the way. Various departure times are available throughout the day. From $375 (max 3 people; $18 for each additional guest)