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Located at 39.22’ 17.99” N and 74.24’ 45.85” W these fish holding structures are worth the gamble.
By Capt. Scott Newhall

Atlantic City Inlet, fundamentally known as Absecon Inlet, is a major throughway for a variety of fish species. The jetty system on the Atlantic City side of the inlet is ideal structure to draw fish. The jetty starts close to Clam Creek and Gardiner’s Basin and runs all the way out into the ocean with a bunch of breaks interspersed along the way. What’s most unique are the seven jetties that extend directly out on a 90 degree angle from the main jetty or beach area. They extend perfectly into deep inlet waters. Each jetty is fishermen-friendly and can be accessed at almost any tide by anglers that know how to stay safe on the rocks. Plus there is plenty of rocky real estate to go around.
From mid-April through November, anglers can find blackfish lurking along the rock edges and within the crevasses. Many of the jetties sit in 30-plus feet of water and there is even one spot along the boulder wall that drops to 60 feet! Many fishermen have taken to using surf rods to lean and drop baits out over the edge of the rocks. Tog in the double digits along with piles of throwbacks makes this place home.

Sheepshead have also found a liking to the Atlantic City Inlet jetties in the summer. Tog fishermen have accidentally hooked into, and landed, monster sheep that rarely weigh less than ten pounds! Those who want to specifically target sheepshead might want to add shrimp and sand fleas to their clam and crab baits.

Schooling along the deepest rock piles are the triggerfish of late summer and early autumn. The jetty jockeys don’t always get into these as much as the boaters anchored up tight to underwater rock. When one triggerfish is incidentally caught, anglers can bet there are many more in the area and should change to small hooks with small bait in order to fill the cooler. As with the tautog and sheepshead, clean water free of suspended silt greatly adds to angler odds.

Summer flounder pass the inlet jetties on their way to and from the back bays. June, July and August give anglers the best chance to score some keeper fluke. And the potential for a true doormat always exist when fishing from the jetties. This inlet and bay system puts up some of the better trophy fluke in South Jersey.

Striped bass are generally a fall presence along the Atlantic City inlet jetties. They start getting caught at the beginning of November using bunker chunks and clam tossed into the channel. The fish in the inlet usually top out at 25 pounds, but anglers going to the ocean end of the south jetty have a shot at some true cows. Let’s not forget the former world record was caught on the nearby S. Vermont Ave. jetty in 1982.

Small blues and weakfish are taken from the jetties with some regularity and every so often a real tide runner or slammer blue finds its way onto the rocks. Dogfish and cownose rays keep the kids fired up and it seems they’ll grab any kind of bait. Due to tautog poaching on the Atlantic City Inlet jetties, you might get a chance to talk to a Conservation Officer. Great pizza in the name of Tony Bologne’s exists near the ocean end of the jetty while I strongly favor a burger at the Back Bay Ale House in Gardiner’s Basin near the western end of the jetty. Parking for fishing the Atlantic City Inlet jetties is available along the streets.

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