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post #1 of 8
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I am looking forward to fishing this area this Sat.
Can anyone tell me what has become of the old causeway bridge connecting O.C. to Longport.
It has been a few years since I last fished from the old bridge.Stopped going shortly after construction began on new bridge. Was once a favorite place to fish.Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


" May yer bowels be calmer than the Seas"
post #2 of 8
The old bridge has been replaced by a permanent bridge that doesn't have to open. In addition, on the Longport side, a fishing pier has been built and word has it, a lot of fish are being taken- tog, stripers, and blues. I go over every day, and the pier is crowded, but always seems to be extra room.

Went over today, and for some reason, the parking lot was closed off and people were parked along the access road. The pier was open, however and there was a good crowd. Inspite of the heavy rain. Can also fish the sod banks on that side, and the GE Inlet beaches on the OC side.

Walt

Walt
post #3 of 8
We fish there once in a while, still lots of fish around. Just wish they would put some lights on that new bridge for our night time fishing adventures.
The new pier is very nice, but always crowded. If your not in a boat I would suggest fishing the nearby sodbanks. Striper fishing has been very good for early August! Good luck
post #4 of 8
Speak of the devil, article in Press today.

August 6, 2003

Old O.C.-Longport Bridge cast in new role
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Richard Lorz nearly caught the biggest fish of his life Tuesday, but his line got snagged with another angler's and the lunker wriggled off his hook.

When you're 10 years old, missing a fish like that is a disappointment not easily forgotten.

"It was a big one, too," he said, still talking about it hours later.

"It was even bigger than the sea bass you caught last year," his father added.

Dramas such as Richard's play out every day at the new fishing pier next to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.

Federal and county politicians cut the ribbon on the pier Tuesday to promote the harbor's latest attraction, which opened last summer. But the fishing pier is hardly a well-kept secret on either side of the Great Egg Harbor Bay.

Despite the blustery weather, dozens of people fished off it Tuesday. There was room for five times as many people on either side of the 490-foot-long concrete span.

The dark skies were no deterrent to the fishermen.

"We don't worry about the weather," Clarence Carter said, putting another chunk of mackerel on his hook before plunking it into the inlet.

He and his friend Ralph Gross left their homes in Philadelphia at 5 a.m. to beat traffic to Ocean City. A local bait shop directed them to the pier on the north end of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.

The fishing was slow Tuesday afternoon with few keepers among the skate, flounder and sea bass the anglers pulled over the wooden rails.

Carter's makeshift poncho - a clear-plastic bag with the holes cut out - flapped in the wind. The strong breeze was to blame for the poor fishing, he said.

"It creates a strong undercurrent. The fish don't like that," he said.

Still, nobody was complaining.

"They've got a good setup here," angler Al Kavalkovich, of Gloucester County, said.

"I always thought they should build a pier here and charge people to fish," Gross said. "This was always a good place to fish."

The fishing pier was part of the $55 million bridge that opened in July 2002. The county unveiled an exhibit Tuesday that described the old drawbridge the new span replaced. The county saved the lockspring mechanism from the old drawbridge for display at the fishing pier.

The pier has its own parking lot, picnic tables and portable restrooms. Antique-style gaslights allow anglers to catch the high tides in the middle of the night. And the fish-cleaning stations provided a convenient place to filet the catch of the day - if only it would bite.

West Cape May Mayor Robert Jackson said Cape May County does not take full advantage of recreational fishing.

"I think we'd all be surprised how many people come here just to fish," he said. "Anywhere there is open water, you'll find fishermen. But you need more public access."

He brought some surf rods with him to Tuesday's ribbon-cutting. His truck boasts a 'Take Kids Fishing' window sticker and surf-rod holders.

Several politicians tried their luck, casting the long surf poles in their suits and ties. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, turned some heads when the tip of his rod bent over in a question mark.

But it wasn't a keeper - just a snagged bridge support.

To e-mail Michael Miller at The Press:

MMiller@pressofac.com

If you go to the press web site today, there's a picture of the pier.

Walt
post #5 of 8
just an fyi....don't have anything valuable in view in your car when you park, or it might not be there when you get back. also, keep your tackle in your site. i've heard that some people have had some of their things taken there while fishing.

just a word to the wise.
post #6 of 8
Good advise for any location nowadays. Cover your butts.
post #7 of 8
I was down there this spring and wanted to fish the ocean side of the Longport bridge. There was a fence blocking access to that side. Someone had cut through the fence and bent it back, presumably to get access. Can you still fish the rip rap along that side or is a ticket coming your way if you go past the fence?
post #8 of 8
The inlet side of the bridge on the Longport end (does that make sence?) is supposedly private property. Going out of OC, if you go around the bend and down the road about 1/2 mile, there's now a walkway to the "beach". A lot of people are using that stretch of beach this year. Last weekend, I saw at least 20 cars parked there. Beware the nasty GREENHEADS are out in full force in that area.

Walt
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