In two weeks I'll be in Cape May. Offshore fishing for tuna with my brother, but surf fly fishing as well.
Almost everyone uses live bait on a long surf rod!!! LOL And I always catch ten times as many with my fly rod. Clousers, and any streamer will outfish the bait boys every time.
The live clam guys only catch skates and sharks. We long rodders catch the stripers, blues, weaks, herring, and flounder...... ya, flounder, so many with a small bottom bouncing clouser.

catch & release