Coxes Ledge

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Relatively speaking, Coxes Ledge is equidistant from Cape Cod, Block Island and Montauk so it gets a lot of traffic. Early in the season it is a known bluefin tuna spot but can also hold the usual blue water suspects when warm water eddies come in. In the winter and again in mid summer, it is a known cod fishing spot. Anglers will drift the wrecks, which are identifiable on the fish finder. Similar to the Claw, it is an excellent shark fishing spot with so much structure. Often fished in conjunction with the Inside Fingers and the Claw.

Trolling: Similar to the Claw, baitfish found here includes butterfish, small squid, sand eels, hake and small mackerel. Top lures here include high-speed squid bars and machine daisy chains, rigged ballyhoo and tinkler bars. I like to troll the structure here. Firstly, I start with trolling the wreck line (1). If nothing, I will zig zag the various contour lines (2) and (3).

Casting: If the water temp is 70 degrees or warmer, be ready for mahi mahi. Similarly to fishing the Claw, you should have at least one spinning rod rigged for busting tuna and maybe another with a soft-bait for a cruising white marlin.

Drifting: Many anglers drift for shark AND tuna here. It’s an excellent place for a combo trip. Many anglers will drift over the ledges. Both jigs and clams are the top choices for cod. On calm days, you can get down with 6 ounces, but 8 and 10-ounce jigs or sinkers are better suited for success.