Hands Too Bait and Tackle – The Fisherman

Hands Too Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Nick at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May said guys eeling the jetties at night are releasing some hogs up into the 40-pound class. The Point jetties are holding plenty of morning and evening bass willing to hit topwaters as well as Bass Assassins and plugs. Nick hopes that the speckled trout will show up soon in Cape May County and he recommends throwing anything that resembles rainfish or spearing like the pink fleck Fin-S fish.

November 23, 2020 - 09:44:21

Deep South Jersey saw a slow down on the striper front according to the folks at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle. After last week’s initial report of stripers starting to show up in the Rips, it was a big let down for those fishing the same area this week. The only fish reported came from the Delaware Bay and Cape May Point jetties. Most of those fish were small with only the occasional keeper caught on clam or bunker chunks. Tog fishing on the other hand was exceptional on both the Wildwood and Cape May Reef Sites. Several boaters reported limits of tog to 4 pounds with white leggers being the preferred bait most days.

November 16, 2020 - 09:27:12

Down in Cape May, Jeff at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle had promising news that bunker pods pushed in off the jetties and guys were able to cast plugs to score with some 25- to 30-pound class fish. Gannets were also dive bombing the schools but the key was that the bite was only during the pre dawn glow as soon as the sun broke the horizon the bite shut off pronto.

November 16, 2020 - 09:24:46

Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle shared a fantastic report and an even better outlook for the rest of November. Migratory stripers are starting to show up in the Cape May Rips, the surf and on the jetties. The Rips anglers had success on fish from 10 to 20 pounds drifting live eels. Jetty anglers found schoolie sized fish on both soft and hard plastics at the top of the tide. And surf anglers found some real nice fish up to 20 pounds on bunker chunks and clam baits. A few fish were also caught on the troll on white mojos in the Delaware Bay. There is a lot of bait in the bay right now and water temps are steady so they bait should stick around. Hopefully this will entice the large body of bass up north to make a stop in the Cape May area this month. Rounding out his report, Jeff mentions that togging from the jetty is really good and many anglers are finding good numbers of sea bass on the smaller pieces of inshore structure.

November 09, 2020 - 10:07:17

Down in Cape May at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle, Jeff notes that some striper fishing picked up with clams getting the nod for top baits. Live eels off the rocks is also an effective method for scoring with larger linesiders. Blackfishing is still a solid bet off any local rock piles. Jeff hasn’t heard much in the way of speckled trout or weakfish in recent days.

November 09, 2020 - 10:06:04

Most of the better sea bass fishing has moved to the smaller deeper water wrecks along the 30-mile line according to Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle. Here, there are still lots of throwbacks to pick through, but legal limits are much more common than on the closer reef sites such as the Wildwood or Cape May Reefs. Triggerfish are being caught on all the above mentioned sites, and although we are not seeing lots of fish, the ones being caught are in the 3- to 4-pound range. Along with the triggers and sea bass, the porgies are starting to show up in good numbers especially on the deeper water wrecks. Tog fishing is really good from the Cape May Inlet Jetty, but anglers are starting to see fish stacking up on the offshore wrecks and reef sites as the inshore water temperature drops. Jetty fishing from the CML Ferry to Cape May Point has been very good for anglers fishing half- ounce bucktails tipped with white Gulp mullet and many other soft plastic baits. Most of these fish are resident fish under 25 inches, but there were several in the 30-inch range reported early in the week.

November 02, 2020 - 15:52:01

Down at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May Jeff said one customer casted fresh clams out front to release a 50-inch stripers, but mostly its been a story of short fish along the sands. Occasional weakfish are toothing up worms and rubber baits along the jetties while the rocks continue to be hot for blackfish and the occasional sheepshead still.

November 02, 2020 - 15:50:50

Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle reports that the angling participation rate was low this week due to the poor weather. Not many boats got out the inlet, but the ones that did found good sea bass fishing on Wednesday on the Cape May Reef. More surf, jetty and back bay fishing took place this week as anglers tried to find shelter from the wind. Although the water was dirty, the stripers were in the surfline and feeding along the jetties. Anglers who were bait fishing were scoring on mostly short fish but there was one exception, a 50-inch fish caught and released from the Cape May beach on a surf clam. Tog fishing continues to be very good for both the small boater fishing the bridge pilings and the land based angler fishing the Cold Springs Jetty. Many anglers reported catching their one keeper tog with no problem, and several reported a couple of nice fish to 5 pounds.

October 19, 2020 - 10:12:25

With the dip in water temps, be on the lookout for shots at some redfish according to Jeff at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May. More stripers are hanging around the jetties now and can be caught on rubber paddletails or even with clam baits. Hardcore anglers are finding some weakfish when the time is right and there may be a chance in the coming weeks to encounter some speckled trout as well. Blackfishing is still tops at the Coast Guard jetty and bridge area rock rubble.

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

Lots of action in the Cape May area this week according to Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle. Tog are the kings of the jetties and like we heard in other reports, it's not hard to find and hook that one keeper. Green crabs are the number one bait and accounted for a lot of nice fish this week in the 4- to 6-pound range. Harder to find, but still around are the sheepshead, also taking green crabs as wells as fiddlers. Several fish were caught this week under the local bridges with the largest topping out at 10 pounds. Resident stripers are becoming more active during the daylight hours and anglers are finding them along the sod banks on hard and soft plastics and from the beach on clams and bunker. It's reported that these fish are quality slot fish, but just shy of 28 inches. Nighttime is still the best time to throw small soft plastics around the bridges for smaller fish on light tackle. These fish are much more aggressive but range in size from 16 to 20 inches. Just a mile or so off of Cape May, boaters are finding schools of false albacore popping up on huge bait pods. Small metals, epoxy jigs and Clark spoons are taking these fish as they bust bait on the top of the water. Bluefish have also been found exploding on schools of spearing from the ocean front, Delaware Bay and Cape May Inlet. Most of these fish are snapper sized, but every once in a while a boater will report a school of 4- to 5-pounders being caught.

October 12, 2020 - 10:32:33

A few redfish in the mix on the beaches and jetties in Cape May according to Jeff at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May. Last weekend Caleb Crider hit a nice slot-sized red using green crab, and Jeff said those crabs on crab jigs are taking some reds for those targeting tautog. If you’re looking to bait up, Jeff said mullet or sand fleas will work. There are bluefish running after mullet so fresh mullet on a mullet rig or brighter SP Minnows and metals are working. Resident stripers are getting more active around the jetties; by day clams are working on schoolies. Early morning and night it’s plastics on jigheads around the bridges and jetties. Spot and kingfish are around as well. “This time of year is magical with those mullet around,” Jeff said, noting he heard of a puppy black drum caught with rumors of a speck or two to the north. “Togging and sheepshead has been incredible,” said Jeff, advising deeper water structure for those species on green crab.

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

Jeff at Hands Too Bait & Tackle points to the Wilmington and Baltimore canyons for night bite action with yellowfin in the 50- to 80-pound range, adding that live spot, live finger mullet, and live peanut bunker are putting meat in the boxes. Those eschewing the live meat presentation are also scoring by pulling spreader bars and Blue Water Candy Jags at 5-knots.

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle reports that most anglers shifted their attention to sea bass fishing this week as the season re-opened. Cape May and Wildwood Reefs gave up plenty of fish including a few over 4 pounds. Schools of fish were scattered about the reefs both in the deepest and shallowest parts of the structure. Even the drift fishing areas were holding good numbers of fish and many boats reported limit catches. The bays behind Cape May and the Wildwoods are seeing more stripers being taken on hard and soft plastic baits. There are mixed schools of fish moving around and you're just as likely to come across fish in the 12- to 18-inch range as you are to find fish in the bonus slot range. Fish over 28 inches are being caught, but there just are not many of them (yet) in the back bays.

October 05, 2020 - 10:08:07

Down at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May, Jeff sounded the alarm that some red drum have begun to show up around the jetty areas as Caleb Crider scored a chunky red on a green crab. Could this be the start of a drum fishery again? Blackfish are also hanging about at the jetty rocks. Look for weakfish to hit bloodworms and rubber baits in the pre dawn and morning hours off the jetties and the usual array of kingfish, spot and croakers can be taken on bloodworm and clam baits.

October 05, 2020 - 10:05:48

Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle tells us that the croaker, kingfish, weakfish and spot fishing continues to be good in the Delaware Bay. A new addition to the mix this week was an influx of red drum being caught around the inlets on green crab, live mullet and chunked mullet. Some of the fish are reported to be in the 24- to 30-inch range. The inlet jetties are also giving up lots of tog and the sheepshead are still around taking green or fiddler crabs. Boaters fishing the jetties are throwing soft plastics and hooking up with short stripers in the 20- to 24-inch range, weakfish to 24 inches and blues to 20 inches. Boaters are also reporting seeing some schools of false albies within a mile of the Cape May Point.

October 05, 2020 - 10:05:48

“The 30 Line for bluefin, and the 30 Lump for yellowfin and wahoo,” said Nick at Hands Too Bait & Tackle. The yellowfin are all about the butterfish and sardine chunk, with the ‘hoos hammering ‘hoos on a speed troll.

970 Route 109
Cape May, NJ 08204
phone: 609-884-2248

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