Cape May Summer Fishing Guide
June 16 to September 15

By Paul Kerlinger
Outdoors Editor

Warm water may mean the action on stripers, sea bass, and tog slows down, but weakfish, flounder, and kingfish continue to be active in both the back bays and nearshore waters.

These fish will provide a steady pick all summer, although kingfishing tends to get better as water warms in July and August.

Croakers make their appearance in June and fishing for them gets better as the summer progresses. Small bluefish are generally abundant throughout the summer close to shore and in the inlets and backbays, while larger bluefish can be caught while trolling a few miles off the beach.

Schoolie striped bass can be taken throughout the summer along the sod banks and in the surf around jetties, for those who try.

By mid-summer, the big fish offshore, including tuna, mahi, marlin, and a few others are taken by blue water anglers.

Around September 1, the fall mullet run begins, signaling that fishing for striped bass, bluefish, flounder and weakfish will improve as the fall run begins.

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