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On a relatively quiet wind day AND if the local currents are at minimum you CAN go inside those shoals that are close to the SE 'point' of the Cape on a slack HIGH tide. There can be bodaceous currents 'across the point' of the cape. Normally the currents are 'heavy' and 'confused' with lots of 'back-current swirling' (therefore a great place for fishing); so, if you get 'caught' you'll need quite a bit of engine power to assist. Currents here are greatly influenced by 'wind tides'. On an ebbing tide and a SE blow or a rising tide and a NW wind there will be quite a few standing waves close in. This is an area that gets lots of 'sand shift' and has a predominent southerly counter-current along the NJ ocean coast, so if there have been any recent 'northeasters' on the Jersey Coast preceding your passage - that small 'swash channel' close in to the point may be temporarily or partly filled with sand until it clears by normal tide and current action. If you are good at shooting inlets you may want to try it.
If the weather has been quiet and the currents are slack you can usually go through that 'swash channel' thats close in to the point and save a few hours; otherwise, I usually go "out and around". I spent my teenage summers there.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by RichH; 01-14-2007 at 12:28 PM.