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Point Pleasant Beach NJ offers some of the
best and most diverse fishing year round. Being located on the central
Jersey Shore gives the angler a distinct advantage. Due to the convergence
of the Hudson River Flow and the Delaware River Flow, the area can
potentially out produce either single area for a variety of species. In
addition to these two watersheds, is the Gulf Stream. During the year, game
fish and many tropical species are found within reach. Who says you have to
travel thousands of miles to land "The Big One"?
Shore Fishing Areas: Anglers are
attracted to Point Pleasant Beach because of the ease and abundance of shore
fishing opportunities. Surf Fishing, The Manasqaun Inlet Wall, The Manasquan
River, The Canal, and the upper Barnegat Bay are either in town or close by.
Manasquan Inlet "The Wall." By
far the most popular of areas to fish. This area produces fish year round as
it connects the Atlantic to the Manasquan River. Parking (metered) is found
right at the inlet. There are public bathrooms on the eastern side. Stop by
Alex's Bait and Tackle (9 Inlet Drive) or
give the owner Marc
and e-mail for specific inquiry.
Manaquan River- As you travel
west from the inlet along Broadway, you are parallel to the Manasquan River.
Anglers will find a place to fish at Gull Island Park. This is a small area
across from the 7-11. Scuba Diving is to the left and fishing to the right.
All along the coastline, many anglers come to
fish for Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and a variety of other
species. At the northern end of town, where the inlet meets the Atlantic is
an area known as "The Pocket." This area is a part of a private beach (west
of the high tide line.) Entrance is typically permitted by the owner except
during hours that the beach is open and guarded (Day- Memorial Day to Labor
Day.) Head south and you will find "The Pier." The lights from the
establishment can attract fish to shoreline here. Continue south and you
will find another access point right across from the Dunes Motel. The
entrance is marked by a small blue sign (easily overlooked) between the
newer homes built on what was Paradise Beach. This area is free and is
public access east of the high water line.
Small Boat- You are bound to
see fluke, flounder, crabs, and weakfish being caught (seasonal) around the
area. Fishing in the upper Barnegat around the Mantalooking Bridge, The buoy
10 (canal entrance) area, and the Manasquan River are all accessible within
a short distance from the public boat ramps of Pt. Boro. These areas are hot
spots at specific times of the season!
Pt. Boro- The neighboring town
of Point Pleasant Boro has nearby opportunities as well. Next to the Point
Pleasant Hospital is a fishing/crabbing dock. The Canal is another popular
fishing area. All along its banks are areas where fishermen go to catch a
variety of species. This canal connects the Manasquan River to the upper
Barnegat Bay. There are also two public boat ramps (one near the State
Police Barracks, and the other at the southern entrance.)
Other- The Barnegat bay is
often used for crabbing. There is a small park on Rt. 35 South about 4 miles
from town. Here you will be able to fish for snapper blues and crab while
your kids play on the swings! August is the best time!
Ocean- Year round, both
commercial and recreational fishing boats sail from Manasquan Inlet. The
offshore grounds produce tuna, albacore, and a variety of game fish. Expect
to pay over $200 dollars on a party boat, and $1500-$2500 for a private
small group charter (to six). The inshore grounds can be fished for as
little as $20-$40 on a party boat and $300 to $800 on a private charter.
Season and species sought will dictate the price and sailing schedule.
Bluefish, Fluke, Weakfish, Striped Bass, Blackfish, Sea Bass, Cod, Ling,
Tuna, Shark, and literally hundreds more are caught each year!