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.
At Surf & Turf 35 and Fish Market, meat and seafood are not the only culinary worlds brought under one roof. The spot also joins together sit-down dining with a marketplace teeming with fresh meat and seafood. For those looking for a dining experience, Surf & Turf 35's chefs craft classic dishes such as oysters on the half shell; steamed, broiled, or stuffed lobster; and Italian-style beef roast. They also put their own spin on the surf-and-turf concept with steak and shrimp scampi, chicken-and-shrimp francese, and grilled pork and shrimp. And since the dining room is BYOB, guests can bring the bottle of wine or jug of vintage Crystal Pepsi of their choice to enjoy with their meal.
In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.
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.