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May 13, 2024 - 09:24:01

Down in Cape May, Jeff at Hands Too Bait and Tackle Jeff said fishing is firing on all fronts. Bass activity is solid both off Poverty Beach and the Delaware Bay beachside with clams and bunker chunks taking fish. Big blues are also hanging around the area to hit baits. Fluke fishing is solid off the backwater sod banks and a few are trickling out into the Cape May Point area. The jetties off the Point are hot spots to find weakfish as floated bloodworms next to the rocks are finding large fish up to 4 to 8 pounds.

May 13, 2024 - 09:23:59

The big news over at Hands Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May was the big bass, estimated 7-plus pounds which was caught and released from Ponderlodge Lake this past week. Needless to say the bass spawn is on in the big lake and some trout from the spring stockings are still being caught as well. In addition we were told some of the local small ponds and lakes are seeing some decent crappie and pickerel fishing.

May 13, 2024 - 09:23:58

Hands Too Bait and Tackle reported a slight uptick in back bay flounder fishing this week after a very tough opening weekend. Anglers found fish on minnows, squid, and Gulp, and the top of the tide was one of the best bites this week. Plenty of other fish were also caught including some very decent blues to 9 pounds along the ICW. Small stripers were caught alongside the blues, but much larger stripers were being caught on bait along the oceanfront and Delaware Bay, including at least two 47-inch throwbacks. Speaking of large fish, John Rossi weighed in a very impressive 29-inch weakfish that tipped the scales at just over 7 pounds. Lastly, the Delaware Bay drum bite is off to a very good start with multiple anglers reporting outings with several fish landed, several misses, and lots of fish drumming. Fresh clams are the top bait and can be reserved ahead of time by calling the shop.

May 07, 2024 - 15:24:53

Down in Cape May Jeff from Hand’s Bait and Tackle said the Delaware Bay has been producing plenty of striped bass on clams as well as Mag Darters. Some big bluefish up to 10 pounds and 32 inches have also been marauding the bayside banks and the surf. Word came in of some weakfish hitting small soft baits as some 20- to 24-inch fish are hanging around, but some spiketooths have been reeled in that are up to 30 inches. Weakies will also hit bloodworms baits.

May 07, 2024 - 15:24:52

Anglers fishing the top lake in the lower part of the state, Ponderlodge Lake continue to score some nice trout and this past week some bass were caught as well said sources over at Hands Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May. In addition they mentioned some decent bass, crappie and pickerel fishing in some of the smaller lakes and ponds in the area on killies.

May 07, 2024 - 15:24:51

The crew from Hand’s too Bait and Tackle reported a busy week, that is until our most recent weather front moved in. Anglers finished out the tog season on a great note with fish to 21 inches from the Wildwood Reef Site. Drum are being caught in Delaware Bay, even with the cool water temps. Nick has surf clams and suggests that you plan your drum trips and give him a call to reserve your (bushel) clams ahead of time. The back bays of Wildwood and Cape May gave up a few flounder this weekend, but there may very well be more stripers and blues being caught as they are not as sensitive to the weather conditions. A few weakfish have been caught, and the upcoming week full of overcast days can be an angler's dream if targeting weakfish. Floating bloodworms around the jetties has been the perpetual early season play for finding a tiderunner down here in Cape May County.

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

Hands Too Bait & Tackle is your one-stop shop just as you enter Cape May (before the bridge) where you can get all the freshest bait available suitable for inshore and offshore fishing – crabbing too! We carry rods and reels, packaged artificial baits like Swim Shads, Bucktails, Mojos, Bunker Spoons, Trolling Plugs, Umbrella Rigs – and so much more. Fresh and frozen baits to include Bunker, Crabs, Clams, Worms, Minnows and more. Rod and Real Repairs, Line Spooling, Terminal Tackle, Pre-made Rigs, Packaged Hooks & Swivels and so much more. Local fishing information and friendly service. Official Weigh Station for most tournaments. Easy and convenient parking right in front of the store makes this shop a local favorite.