Fishing

Hot Dog Lump hi-res bathymetric map

Located southeast of Cape May, New Jersey, Hot Dog Lump is a perennial tuna hot spot during the summer months. Fishermen set up over this elongated hump to chunk butterfish in hopes of attracting yellowfin and bluefin tuna.

 

Hot Dog Lump hi-res bathymetric custom map

Fishermen can count on yellowfin in the 30- to 80-pound range, and bluefin as heavy as 200 pounds to be feeding over the Hot Dog when the water temperature hits 70 degrees.

 

Hot Dog Lump hi-res vector map

The Hot Dog is a popular spot, and when the bite is on, it can look like a floating city after dark as boats from New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware turn on their lights for a night of chunking. The schools of tuna will move through the fleet, scarfing up the free chunks, and occasionally taking a hook bait. It’s exciting to hear a reel begin to scream on a nearby vessel, and you know the tuna are near, and it’s just a matter of time before one mistakes your hooked butterfish for a free-floating chunk.