I've spent 15 years trying to learn the bay side of Cape May. Kind of hard to pattern out when you only get there for 3 or so small trips a year.
If you want to go for weakfish and legal fluke, go early and use 1 oz. jig heads with gulp curly tail grubs or similar. When I was getting out to the sand the one morning (7 AM?), I watched 2 guys walking back with 2 massive weakfish and one very nice fluke. I tried to pick their brains and from what it sounds like, They stay mobile, working their way down the beach at the butt crack of dawn pitching the jigs and using a slight twitch, slow and steady retrieve.
If fluke are present you'll know. They were stacked up in the ferry terminal jetty 4 years ago and I used my smallie tackle, crushing them on white tubes with my wire weedguard jig heads. I was getting my hits by casting along the jetty, about 5 feet off and bumping it along parallel. If you don't have good weedguard jig heads you'll spent most of your time retying though. Since that year, I'll get a small fluke here or there but they haven't been there in numbers.
If you're just looking for action, watch the croaker crew on the jetty. Bottom rigging and small hooks (size 4 at the most). They'll use short casts off the jetty with a small weight, and 2 hooks off the bottom rig, with fresh shrimp or clam for bait. They do catch a lot of croakers.
Agreed that cut baits, bottom rigs off the sand (Sunset beach) will pretty much limit you to dogfish and skates. With small hooks you can still luck into a fluke or weakfish here and there with this method, and it is pretty easy to cast out, stick your rod in a stake and relax.
Aside from that, I just started dabbling into shark fishing for brown sharks last year. Landed one around 3 feet and lost a hoss that broke a piece of tackle. Used a #10 circle octopus hook, steel leaders, and half a croaker. Only catch is, the bait is so heavy it needs to get paddled out by my cousin on a small kayak.
Going in 3 weeks - can't wait!