Teaching a man how to fish will feed him for a lifetime; teaching a fish how to man will help it land the fish roles in live-action The Little Mermaid sequels. Get closer to the sea with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a four-hour deep-sea-fishing trip (up to a $40 value) and rod and reel rental (a $3 value) from Starlight Fleet in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey (up to a $43 total value).
The 70-foot Starlight, a member of Starlight Fleet, keeps patrons comfortably afloat as they scour the deep seas for gilled game. During the four-hour fishing excursion to Cape May and the Wildwoods, up to 149 passengers can relax in the enclosed lounges, soak in the sun’s rays on the sundeck, or fling rod-affixed hooks at the water to catch a fish or recover a grilled-cheese sandwich. Expert and novice fishers alike can use the included fishing instructions, bait, and fish bags to lure, seize, and take home schools of finned water cattle or bait-filled bags. Fuel your fish hunting with your own food and beverages, an item from the ship’s snack bar, or low-carb gulps of refreshing ocean air. Starlight's deep-sea hunts are scheduled to take off three times per day, at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m.
The Starlight Fleet
The ships that comprise The Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.