Cape May Fishing Charters

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Cape May

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape May, New Jersey are: Full list of top fishing charters in Cape May

The average price for a private 4 hour Cape May fishing trip is US $661, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,219 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Cape May that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Cape May provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Cape May are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Cape May are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $671
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $774
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,148
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $2,000
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $3,240
  • 16-hour fishing trips – US $3,700

Fishing in Cape May

Cape May is so well placed for awesome angling it’s a wonder the area isn’t more famous. Cape May fishing charters can explore sheltered sounds less than a mile from town or head through Cape May inlet to the deep, open waters of the Atlantic. Turn the other way on your way out of the marina, and you cut through Cape May Canal straight into the awesome shallows of Delaware Bay.
 
Cape May marks the meeting of northern and southern species, and anything from Black Drum and Spotted Seatrout to Blackfish and Weakfish can be caught here in big numbers, alongside a whole load of Striped Bass. Don’t spend your whole time in the bay, though. Monster Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Bigeye Tuna wait offshore. Head out far enough, and you can also find White and even Blue Marlin. There’s no end to the awesome hookups Cape May fishing has in store for you!

Fishing Spots

Your first choice is simple: bay or bluewater. Cape May’s Atlantic coastline isn’t usually fished as the inshore action is so good elsewhere. If you head out past the Inlet, you will be traveling 20, 60, or even 100 miles offshore in search of big game pelagics. Stick to be bay, and you will be fishing shoals and bars for inshore gamefish. These are a few of the spots you might visit.
 

Jarvis Sound

If the five-mile cruise through Cape May Canal is just too much for you, head to Jarvis Sound to enjoy great inshore fishing a stone’s throw from town. The local creeks and mud flats are highly tidal, but when the fishing’s hot a range of gamefish show up here, drawn by the big schools of bait.
 

Brandywine Shoals

The Brandywine Shoals are one of the best spots in Delaware Bay for Weakfish. You can also catch some decent Bluefish here, and there are plenty of deeper wrecks around for bottom fish like Seabass and Tautog.
 

Cape May Rips

The mouth of Delaware Bay is hands down the best place for landing Striped Bass. A series of sandbars create rips all along the entrance to the bay, which are ideal hunting grounds for hungry Stripers.
 

Five Fathoms Bank

Want to set your hooks into something a little bigger? Head out to Five Fathoms Bank and battle a variety of Sharks. This is also a great spot for trophy Bluefish, and you can even find Tuna here during the heat of summer.
 

Canyons

Cape May charter boats don’t mess about when it comes to the bluewaters. The best deep sea fishing Cape May has access to is 80+ miles out at the canyons, and that’s exactly where you’ll be going if you want Marlin, Tuna, and other big game A-listers. Wilmington, Poor Man’s, and Baltimore Canyons are the most popular, out on the continental shelf.

Fishing Techniques

Cape May charter guides use a range of techniques to get you pulling in big fish. Weakfish are caught by casting jigs baited with shredder crab or plastic worms. Black Drum are usually targeted using clams on heavy bottom rigs. Fishing at night is the best way of bringing in the biggest fish, with monsters well over 100 pounds being pulled out of Delaware Bay in the past.
 
Stripers are taken in a few ways around Cape May. You can drift baits over the rips at the mouth of the bay, or head further inshore to chunk for them with Menhaden. Drifting is a more reliable way of filling the icebox, but Bunker chunking routinely brings in the biggest fish of the season. Diamond jigging can be effective for both Stripers and Bluefish, but is best in federal waters where you can’t keep your catch,
 
Cape May Tuna fishing charters mainly troll around the canyons and other bluewater spots. You can also have a lot of fun throwing jigs or poppers for Tuna. Sharks are caught the same way the world over: get the water nice and bloody, then throw in baits on big circle hooks and heavy wire leaders.

Need to Know

You don’t need a fishing license aboard New Jersey charter boats. Fishing from shore or from a pier may require a permit, depending on the body of water you’re fishing. 
 

Cape May Fishing Seasons

January

We’re not going to lie, winter isn’t the hottest time for fishing any more than it is for weather. There are decent catches of Tautog, Crab, and Bluefish for hardy anglers, though.

February

Walk the beach with your significant other, taking in the South Jersey shoreline without a soul in sight. Once that’s over, head out to catch some tasty Blackfish for dinner.

March

Shark fishing picks up offshore in March, with Makos, Hammerheads, and more toothy beasts showing up around deep-water banks. Tautog are closed for harvest throughout March.

April

Blackfish are back on the menu and biting hard after their spring closure. Weakfish show up in big numbers, and Striped Bass fishing kicks off with a bang. The sportfishing season has started!

May

Tautog and Seabass make for great food fishing while Striped Bass and Bluefish keep sportfishers happy. Offshore, the first Yellowfin Tuna can show up on a good year.

June

June is the start of tournament season, with the South Jersey Shark Tournament and the Canyon Club Overnight Tuna Tournament bringing in fish almost as big as the prizes!

July

The tournaments continue throughout July, with the family-friendly South Jersey Offshore Showdown and the much more competitive Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament.

August

The MidAtlantic is the most important event in the New Jersey fishing calendar. This event pays out over $3,000,000 in prizes every year, drawing anglers from across the country.

September

Tournament season has finished, but that doesn’t mean the action is over! Target Blue and White Marlin and Mahi Mahi offshore while Speckled Trout and Flounder flood the bay.

October

Big Mako Sharks and Bluefin Tuna show up for one last battle in October. In the bay, Tautog, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more are still biting hard, making for tasty table fare.

November

Cape May’s summer visitors may have moved on, but Striped Bass, Blackfish, and Winter Flounder are more than enough to keep you busy in November.

December

Enjoy some of the best Striper fishing Cape May has to offer, then head home with lots of tasty fish for dinner. Cow Stripers are always on our Christmas list!

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What anglers said about fishing in Cape May

Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Rockaway, NJ
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Nesquehoning, PA
Inshore fishing expect: flounder, sea bass, blue fish, croaker, Mahi Mahi, and ocean trigger fish. Offshore fishing expect: yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, blue and white marlin, Mahi Mahi, and shark
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Inshore fishing expect: flounder, sea bass, blue fish, croaker, Mahi Mahi, and ocean trigger fish. Offshore fishing expect: yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, blue and white marlin, Mahi Mahi, and shark
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Chadds Ford, PA
If you might get sea sick take some Dramamime about an hour before you go. Make sure to wear sun screen and bring water to drink and some hand wash or wipes if you like to hold your own fish for pictures. ;o)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you might get sea sick take some Dramamime about an hour before you go. Make sure to wear sun screen and bring water to drink and some hand wash or wipes if you like to hold your own fish for pictures. ;o)
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Be open minded to the fish you catch but with a great caption, you will have a great time and get lots of action!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded to the fish you catch but with a great caption, you will have a great time and get lots of action!
Common Sense Sportfishing
Common Sense Sportfishing Malvern, PA
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Captain Mac
Captain Mac Katonah, NY
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters Lysander, NY
Captain Mac was a good boating experience, we did catch fish, but I was hoping for flounder.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Mac was a good boating experience, we did catch fish, but I was hoping for flounder.
Captain Mac
Captain Mac Sewell, NJ

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Cape May?

Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Captain Mac worked hard to get us in position to catch our maximum. Found some spots that got bites whenever line hit the bottom. His mate was excellent in keeping us fishing every second! Small boat but class operation!!
Jeffrey  L.
Jeffrey L.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Tim and John were very knowledgeable, accommodating and knew the ocean well. My boys, my dad and I had a great time, caught lots of fish. I was pleased the crew was patient and didn’t use any foul language around us or the kids. Thanks!
Dan  L.
Dan L.
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Had a great trip. Capt Mike and First Mate Tom are professionals and very courteous. The GONE FISHIN' V is a great boat with amenities that enhanced the overall experience. Would definitely recommend Capt Mike, First Mate Tom and GONE FISHIN' to anyone who wants to have a great trip that these experiences charter operators provide. We caught 12 fish ( different types) in two hours!
Richard  R.
Richard R. Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Went trolling for bluefish and cobra. Caught over a dozen . Then went flounder fishing caught one and some small sharks. Great fishing trip.
Darryl  J.
Darryl J. Martinsburg, WV
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
You couldn’t ask for a better charter trip. Right off the bat captain joe and his deck hand also named joe we’re laughing with us and telling stories. Captain said what was biting and he put us on fish in a real quick hurry. Caught our limit in no time. Would highly recommend booking with these guys. They’re awesome!
Eric  D.  J.
Eric D. J. Lock Haven, PA
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Always a great experience. Outstanding performance. Thanks you Captain Mark and Joe for a great day fishing. Our best
John  B.
John B. Warrington, PA
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Great time! Highly recommend. Captain Tim and First Mate John were great. Worked hard to ensure we caught fish. Were great with my kids and teaching them everything. We caught triggerfish and sea bass
Richard  W.
Richard W. Blackwood, New Jersey
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
A lot of fish. Captain Mark and Joe did an excellent job. Highly recommend!
John  B.
John B. Tice, FL
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Capt. Tim and John were great. Enjoyed the time out. They definitely know the hot spots. Great boat, great people. They made the trip enjoyable. Will be back!
CHRISTOPHER  C.
CHRISTOPHER C. New Egypt, NJ
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Enjoyable day with the family. Caught quite a few fish, no keepers but Joe worked very hard to keep us on the fish. First mate Joe did a great job baiting and unhooking, very personable crew. Would fish on Captain Mac again.
Brent  K.
Brent K. Belleville, PA
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(38 reviews)
We had a fun day out with Tim. The crew did a great job giving us a chance to catch fish all day. Was a fun experience and we would do again.
Frank  N.
Frank N. Campbell Hall, NY
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
What a great experience. Captain and crew were great. My boys had a great time and everybody caught their share of fish. Everything was safe and simple. Don’t charter with anyone else!
David  C.
David C. Rockaway, NJ
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
3 generations of Joes went out for a mid day trip and had a blast! Capt Mark put us on the fish and we caught blues the entire time. Our mate Mark was very knowledgeable and great with my 10 year old son. The boat was clean, comfortable, and got us fishing fast. Highly recommend Gone Fishin' for a fun day out on the water!
Joseph  M.  E.
Joseph M. E. Powder Springs, Georgia
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Joe did a great job and kept everything convenient ,safe , and fun. Well worth the time ! We caught a bunch , not all keepers but it was definitely fun reeling them in. Hoping to make this a new yearly tradition with my Family
Duane  Z.
Duane Z. Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Took the kids for there first charter! They learned a lot and enjoyed every moment.
Christopher  P.
Christopher P. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Captain Mac and his first mate Joe put us on Bluefish and Black Sea Bass using lures while trolling and bait while dropping lines, respectively. They were so helpful and knowledgeable. We highly recommend chartering with them!
Scott  W.
Scott W. Marlborough, CT
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Cpt Timothy and 1st Mate John were great!! We were on some Blues in a matter of minutes from leaving the bay. We caught our limit with in 1hr & 15 min. We then headed further out for some Flounder. We were able to catch (4), but unfortunately none were large enough to keep. Thanks again for a great afternoon of fishing Tim & John! We look forward to joining you again in the future!
Rick  K.
Rick K. Blackwood, New Jersey
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(144 reviews)
Hooked up on a nice flounder and some decent sea bass. Great trip overall, everyone was very friendly and it was a beautiful day
Isaac  T.
Isaac T. Minneapolis, MN
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
By far the best experience we had. Captain Mac and Jay were excellent!!!! Will def book this trip again.
Robert  W.
Robert W. Athens, PA
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(144 reviews)
Captain Mac and first mate Joseph were more than accommodating. We caught some black sea bass and a ton of blues. Had a Spanish mackerel on first trolling run but he got off. Good experience. Just wish we could have landed more black sea bass. Overall a great experience and the captain knows where to go and what they are doing! I will be back and hopefully we get a big one 😎
Michael  J.  J.
Michael J. J. Courtdale, PA

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