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Cape May

The Jersey Cape 30 miles of virtually unlimited surfcasting...

General Information:

 Fishing The Surf
 Beach Vehicles
 Recreation Vehicles
 Boat Ramps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing The Surf

Surfcasting is virtually unlimited along the 30 miles of Cape May County ocean beaches.   No license is needed.  In the summer months, anglers must avoid bathing beaches during Guard hours (generally 9am to 6pm).  Beach Patrol Guards are law officers.  Fishing from boardwalks, promenades, pavilions & other crowded areas is prohibited and communities with Beach Fees will want you to buy a badge.  But basically it's as simple as finding an uncrowded beach or jetty & casting your line into the surf.

Beach Vehicles

No vehicles are permitted on the beaches from mid-May to mid-September.  During the off season, however, you may obtain a Police Permit & drive onto the beach at certain locations.  Speed limit is 15mph and four-wheel drive is usually required.  Stay near the high-water line, away from the dunes.  No fires, picnics, litter, etc. & watch your hooks!  Accessories needed include:  Tow rope, Jack & board, Inflated spare, Shovel, Working fire extinguisher, Operable flashlight and First Aid Kit.

Recreation Vehicles

Full use of your RV is restricted to licensed Campgrounds on the mainland.  Don't cook, eat, sleep or change clothes in an RV, or un-hitch & park a trailer, anywhere else.  If you park at a meter, feed meters for all spaces used.

Boat Ramps

Many marinas have ramps & marine lifts, the chart below lists only Free Municipal Ramps.  Boat Trailers may be parked only on designated lots or on private property according to local regulation, not on streets.

Ocean City

Surf Fishing: Summer Beach Curfew, 10pm to 6am.  Suggest:  North Point, 5th Street Fishing Jetty, South End.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: Sept 15 - to May 15 only for fishing, $75.

Recreational Vehicles:   Maximum size for curb parking:  22' by 8'.  Maximum overnight length: 22', see Parking Authority Lot, 6th & West.

Ramps Trailers:  Tennessee off 22nd & Bay Ave.

Sea Isle City

Surf Fishing:  South 93rd to Bay North of 20th. Summer Beach Curfew, 10pm to 6am.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: City Hall 4416 Landis Ave.; 4x4's only; 9/15 - 5/15. $40

Recreational Vehicles:   No street parking; use municipal lot at 42nd Place.

Ramps Trailers:  Under bridge at JFK Blvd., daily trailer parking only.

Avalon

Surf Fishing:  Suggest North Point near bridge.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: Police inspection required Fishing and Conching. $25

Recreational Vehicles:  No additional restrictions.  Check with Police.

Ramps Trailers:  Between 53rd and 55th on Ocean Drive.  Park trailer on lot.

Stone Harbor

Surf Fishing:  Suggest South of 122nd Street.  All Beaches Summer - not during bathing hours.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: Police inspection required 10/1 to 3/31. $25 fee.

Recreational Vehicles:  No overnight parking.  Use municipal lots at 123rd & Beach or 95th & 1st.

Ramps Trailers:  East End 81st Street.  Park trailer on adjacent lot daily.  Parking prohibited between 2:30 - 5:30am.

North Wildwood

Surf Fishing:  Suggest North End Jetties and Bulkheads. Beach Vehicle access 5th or 15th Aves.  Curfew hours vary by season.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit:  Police inspection required.  City Hall.  Fee $10 resident, $25 non-resident. Day after Labor Day to Monday before Memorial Day.

Recreational Vehicles:  No overnight parking.

Ramps Trailers:  5th and New York Aves.  Daytime parking at the ramp.  No overnight parking.

Wildwood

Surf Fishing:  Permitted 10/1 to 5/1. Permit required.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: City Clerk inspection required. City Hall $25.

Recreational Vehicles:  No street parking.  Use parking lots.

Ramps Trailers:  No Ramp.

Wildwood Crest

Surf Fishing:  Summer Beach Curfew, 10pm to 6am.  Summer Fishing ban 10am to 6pm.

Beach Vehicles:  Permit: 10/1 to 4/30.  Police inspection required.  Fee $15 before, $25 after 6/1.

Recreational Vehicles:  No overnight parking.

Ramps Trailers:  No Ramp.

Diamond Beach

Surf Fishing: Beach owners' permission needed for fishing on beaches.

Beach Vehicles:  Prohibited.

Recreational Vehicles:  No parking of vehicles over 4 tons gross weight on Township streets between 12am and 6am.

Ramps Trailers:  No Ramp.

Cape May

Surf Fishing:  No type of fishing within 500 feet of bathers.

Beach Vehicles:  Prohibited.

Recreational Vehicles:  No overnight parking.  No parking on Beach Ave. or first block of streets intersecting Beach Ave.

Ramps Trailers:  No Ramp.  No parking on Beach Ave. or in first block of streets intersection Beach Ave.

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