FinTazTic Sportfishing's captain pilots a true oceanic fishing vessel, with rods, reels, and lines sprouting from every part of the ship. He leads charter clients into Atlantic waters for full-day pursuits of whatever fish are biting, or he heads to deeper waters in pursuit of specialized prey such as tuna or shark. He often comes home with a giant specimen to show for his efforts, a haul which he likes to celebrate with a cookout after the charter journey, where he grills up lobsters and deep fries the salty sea air.
The Jersey Shore famously bustles with Ferris wheels, roller coasters, boardwalk shops, and restaurants, but the action doesn't stop at the waterline. Propelled by twin diesel engines, the 75-foot Queen Mary trolls the waters in search of both entertainment and mammoth striped sea bass, Atlantic bonito, bluefish, and long-buried swim trunks. The crew specializes in teaching newbies—including kids—how to handle a fishing pole, and enclosed lounges and separate women's and men's restrooms keep less sea-weathered sailors comfortable.
The John Jack is a US Coast Guard–certified, 50-foot titan of the sea, operated by a friendly crew and knowledgeable captain. Two Caterpillar engines––each producing 800 horsepower––propel the red and white ship through the waves, staving off currents as passengers embark on chartered fishing and diving trips around the Point Pleasant Beach area. It can reach speeds of up to 25 knots and travel up to 350 miles between fuel stops, so it’s not uncommon to see the vessel docked in ports at Montauk, Cape May, Virginia, or Cape Hatteras. The interior is air conditioned, and houses a refrigerator, microwave, icemaker, and power outlets. Outside, quartz halogen lights illuminate the deck, creating a night atmosphere that still provides enough light for fishing, diving, or reading Magic 8-Ball responses.
With Captain Jim O'Grady at the helm, the 78-foot Cock Robin carries groups of bait-brandishing passengers along on the Atlantic. Equipped with two turbocharged engines and mermaid-detecting sonar, the boat?which docks behind Spike's Seafood Restaurant?springs off the New Jersey coast in search of striped bass and bluefish every day. While striped bass fishing is the Cock Robin's specialty, bluefish hauls are the most common, and the summer and early autumn months usually bring an abundance of fluke and sea bass toward Jersey waters.