The Mud Hole is a deep, long channel extending into New York Bight, formed by the flow of the Hudson River. Silt and mud washed from the river settles into this channel, making the waters nutrient-rich and full of life.
Depths in the Mud Hole range up to 200 feet, and the bottom is littered with wrecks that attract large numbers of black sea bass, ling, cod, and tautog.
During the summer months, abundant baitfish attract pelagic species such as bluefin tuna, mahi, mako and thresher sharks, bonito, and occasionally yellowfin tuna.
The Mud Hole is also a reliable spot for chumming up big bluefish throughout the summer months, and is a popular destination for the party boat fleets of Northern New Jersey and Western Long Island.