To Hook The Big Ones...

Select the right tackle & bait, use them in the waters of Cape May County...
Tuna:
Bonito, Albacore
Marlin, Wahoo
Sea Bass, Porgy
Flounder, Fluke
Channel Bass
Striped Bass
Black Drum
Croakers
Tautog
Snappers
Bluefish
Weakfish
Kingfish

Tuna, Bonito, Albacore

Feather jigs, metal squids, trolling plugs, cut bait, Chumming with ground mossbunker.  8/0 - 14/0 hand forged hook, wire leaders.

Marlin, Wahoo

Cut in strips or whole fish.  Good success skittering bait along surface like flying fish by using a kite or and extra long limber outrigger.  8/0 - 10/0 hook, S.O'S. or tuna hook on wire.

Bluefish

Feather jigs, metal squids, spoons, eel skins, cut bait.  Chumming with ground mossbunker.  1/0 - 10/0 hook, S.O'S.  Wire leader.

Weakfish

Shedder crab, mullet, cut bait, squid, shrimp.  Trolling or casting with feather jig or metal squid.  Occasionally on spoons or wood plugs.  4 - 3/0 for small of schoolfish.  For tiderunners 2/0 - 8/0 S.O'S.  Gut leader.

Channel Bass

Shedder crab, mullet, cut bait (preferably mossbunker), surf clams, squid bait. 6/0 - 10/0 hook, S.O'S.  Wire or gut leader.

Striped Bass

Shedder crabs, bloodworms, cut bait, squid bait.  Cast or troll with metal squid or feather jig.  Clams, 6/0 - 10/0 hook, S.O'S.  Wire or gut leader.

Black Drum

Shedder crab, clams.  Won't take cut bait readily.  6/0 - 10/0 hook, S.O'S.  Wire or gut leader.

Sea Bass, Porgy

Clams or squid.  Cut bait.  1 - 4/0 ringed or snelled.

Croakers

Shedder crab, bloodworms, squid, mussels, cut bait, and clams.  1 - 3/0 ringed or snelled.

Kingfish

Shedder crab, bloodworms, squid, mussels, cut bait, and clams.  4 - 1/0 snelled on gut.  S.O'S. or Chestertown Kirby.

Tautog (Taug or Black fish)

Shedder crab, squid, clams, fiddler crab, sand bugs.  4 - 2/0 strongly snelled.

Flounder, Fluke

Shedder crab, minnows, clams, cut bait, bloodworms.  1 - 3/0 ringed or snelled, long shanked hook.

Snappers (Small Blues)

White bait (spearing), cut bait, small mullet, squid, small metal squids.  Trolling or casting.  1 - 2/0 long shank hook preferred.  Fine wire leader.

  

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