As we approach the halfway point of summer, you moms and dads have probably been to the beach, downed a good amount of ice cream, been doused at some water parks, and cooked enough hot dogs and hamburgers to feed an army. How about a change of pace for your grill? Take the kids to catch some dinner! With New Jersey’s miles of coastline, a day out on a fishing boat sounds like a welcome change of pace. Good luck! Catch some for us!
Frank’s Boat Rentals Strathmore, NJ
You don't need a boater’s license to rent at Frank’s Boat Rentals! All of Frank’s boats are approximately 16 feet with 8 horsepower motors--totally manageable for the beginner captain. Each has three bench seats, a small bow seat and accommodates 6 passengers or 840 lbs. The boats come with 2 paddles, an anchor and 3 gallons of gas, which is usually more than enough if you are fishing or crabbing. Frank’s rents fishing rods, fishing nets and crabbing nets. They can completely outfit you for a day of fishing or crabbing and will give direction you have a successful day.
Stone Harbor Back Bay Fishing Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, NJ
Stone Harbor fishing boats are available for Sunset Cruises, Eco Tours, Hourly Family Fishing, and back-bay fishing charters. Specialty Kids Fishing Trips allow children of all ages to get an introduction to fishing and boating. No experience is necessary and back-bay fishing means no seasickness! Trips can be customized to suit any family’s needs; hourly rates are available.
The Duke O’Fluke Somers Point, NJ
The Duke O’Fluke is a New Jersey Fishing boat that sails from Higbee Avenue in Somers Point, N.J. Two trips are offered daily at 8 am and 1 pm. The Duke fishes the back- bay areas for flounder, bluefish, seabass, and weakfish. Fishing and evening charters are available; a weekly narrated nature tour may also be of interest to families with kids. These fishing charters are affordable, starting at $12 for children.
The Queen Mary Point Pleasant, NJ
Pack a cooler and join the crew on the Queen Mary. The family friendly fishing trips are for the novice as well as the experienced fisherman! The Queen Mary offers special fishing and fireworks trips every Thursday evening at 5pm. Magic Hour Summer Family Fishing is offered every Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm. Costs begin at $35 for children including rod rental and bait. For an additional fee, the crew will clean and filet your catch! A great way to introduce the family to deep sea fishing.
The Bottom Line Forked River, NJ
The Bottom Line offers inshore fishing trips for fishermen of any experience level and for the youngest anglers. They fish inshore reefs and ocean lumps which play host to fluke (their specialty), sea bass, weakfish/sea trout, blackfish, striped bass, and croakers. The Bottom Line also fishes offshore waters for bluefish, tuna, bonita, false albacore, mahi mahi, and even some “monster” sharks.The Bottom Line can customize any maritime event, including full & half day charters. Join Captain Tom for a 4 hour family fishing trip starting at $445, including all bait and tackle.