At 120 feet long, the Miss Belmar Princess is as regal a ship as can be with its state-of-the-art navigational equipment, spacious sun deck with lounge chairs, full restaurant, separate ladies' and men's facilities, free parking, free shuttle service, and a heated and air-conditioned cabin with comfortable, full-cushioned seating. The Miss Belmar Princess sails daily in the coastal waters of New Jersey in search of fluke, sea bass, blues, and striped bass, and many trips allow passengers the chance to glimpse whales and schools of dolphins swimming with the vessel. Under the direction of the experienced and sea-savvy Captain Alan and Captain Lenny, who each have over 35 years of experience, the fleet navigates fishing hot spots during four-hour afternoon family-friendly fishing trips and sunset cruises. During each trip, the captain and crew take pictures, and sometimes videos, of triumphant anglers showing off their catch.
For the better part of a century, fish haven't been able to sleep, swim, or walk their pet plankton without the looming threat of Royal Miss Belmar's anglers. 1936 was the year that the family-owned company launched its first fishing boat, and today an entire fleet heads out into New Jersey's waters in search of striped bass, fluke, bluefish, sea bass, and other species that inhabit the deep sea.
Captain Alan Shinn heads up the team today, and he brings a lifetime of fishing experience out onto the water. Piloting boats that range as large as the 120-foot The Miss Belmar Princess, Captain Shinn's crews carry passengers out on half-day, full-day, and overnight fishing trips. Though the deep-sea fishing highlights most trips, some feature special events such as fireworks cruises, and many boats feature a fully-stocked galley for fresh-cooked meals you can salt with the misty sea.
Every week, aboard the spacious 100-foot Ocean Explorer, veteran angler and spearfisher Captain Bobby Quinn puts his 30 years of experience to use. Throughout afternoons of deep-sea fishing, he takes passengers onto the rolling Atlantic in search of everything from sea bass and blackfish to crabs. And guests searching for a specific catch can track the conditions of the water and availability of fish with Ocean Explorer's ever-updated fishing report, full of pictures of beaming anglers showing off what they hooked. When charter-goers have had their fill of fishing, they can relax, take in views of the sunset, and maybe even spot a whale or dolphin, too.
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The Golden Eagle captains go beyond the usual captain responsibilities of avoiding seagulls and composing catchy new sea shanties. They steer anglers toward prime fishing spots. The sightseers lounge on the upper deck listening to the captain announcing points of interest and local celebrities. Call Captain Rich Falcone or Captain Hank Leonard and they will personally coordinate your trip.
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.