I did the hunt and peck thing on Saturday and ended up just shy of a 3 man limit of keeper(if you gotta measure then he aint big enogh) bass INSIDE the tower.We pulled a dozen to 15 off of each piece I stopped on, we were looking for some togs, but the bass were us eatin up.
But if I wanted a sure thing, Id head to the stuff around 200ft, atleast.
Good luck out there guys. A tip I learned (trial and error) on the flounder out there. Try some 7" Gulp assassins. Just put them right on your standard flouder rig. They worked very, very well for me a month ago and the best part, the trash fish left them alone whereas my buds fishing with strip baits could not keep the dogs and skates off their lines. The Sea bass also like the gulps just fine...
Since I have never fished offshore from rudee all are welcome to form our own flotilla to find the fish any suggestions as to where to fish is welcome advice, also networking via cell phones will also work to find the fish Tom