Cape May Winter Fishing December 16 to March 15

By Paul Kerlinger
Outdoors Editor

In most years, water temperatures in the second to third week of December drop to winter levels, marking the end of the fall fishing run.

Until late March, surface temperatures of the ocean near shore do not rise above about 42 degrees F. However, fishing doesn’t end in Cape May in winter, it just changes.

Although a few striped bass and blackfish/tog may be coaxed from inshore waters in winter, the real fishing is in deeper waters, including some inshore and offshore wrecks, as well as rough bottom way offshore.

Some of the best sea bass and tog fishing is available via the few party and charter boats that operate through the winter. Along with the sea bass and tog, your may also catch ling (red hake), cod, pollock, and even a few bluefish (way offshore).

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