The sea calls out to adventurous hearts, luring sailors with the siren’s song, the whale’s bellow, and the crab’s anecdotes about being an extra in The Hunt for Red October. Awaken undersea passions with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a twilight fishing and fireworks cruise for two on the Queen Mary (up to a $100 value). Trips shove off at 5 p.m. every Thursday from the last week in June through the first week in September and also on July 2, 3, and 23, as well as September 3.
With nearly 20 years at the helm of fishing expeditions on his briny resume, Captain Dave Riback leads crews on seaward excursions aboard the Queen Mary. As trips disembark, trained fishing instructors share the basics of casting, reeling, and bass mating calls before turning anglers loose for two hours of fishing aboard the 75-foot twin-diesel Queen Mary. Equipped with provided rods and bait, guests can lure in fluke, sea bass, bluefish, and other finny fauna. Catch and release up to 15 fish, or take newly snagged friends home for dinner or attempts to get your swimming pool recognized as the world’s fifth ocean. The Queen Mary ’s crew handles post-catch preparation, cleaning and filleting hauls for a small additional fee. As trips wind to a close, guests relax topside, faces and conversation illuminated by the blaze and pop of fireworks in the navy-blue dome above.
Docking less than a mile from the Jersey Shore beaches in the salt-swept hamlet of Point Pleasant Beach, the Queen Mary leaves disembarking passengers within a long cast of a host of entertaining diversions. Guests should pack for a seafaring trek, busting the sun with hats and sunblock, keeping chilly with a cooler full of drinks, and reading pocket-sized Miranda warnings to each caught fish.
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.
Point Pleasant, New Jersey 08742