NJ Belmar Fishing Guide
The waters around Belmar are a fisherman’s paradise. You can cast off from a charter or party boat, the Shark River, the pier, or even right from one of the gorgeous beaches. With a huge marina, there are plenty of options if your group is looking to charter a boat or hitch a ride on one of the six large party boats. Some of the party boats even offer late-night or all-night fishing trips for those who want to venture out into deeper waters.
Boat Rentals & Guided Fishing Tours
Fishing boat captains typically hunt for cod, ling, and blackfish in the early spring, from March to the beginning of April. When the weather warms a bit in later April and into May, winter flounder are in season. The best catches in the summer, from June to September, are fluke, bluefish, striped bass, and weakfish. Some of the charter boats will also seek out sharks in the summer and tuna from August through the early part of fall. Sharks are usually found 10 or more miles away from shore.
Belmar also has a fishing club at 100 Ocean Avenue. The Belmar Fishing Club has its own fishing pier, which is at the far north end of the boardwalk across from 1st Avenue. It’s quite exclusive, however. According to the club’s website, you need to be sponsored by a current member and the average wait to become a member is four years. The Belmar Fishing Club first organized in 1909 by 49 members, who were each required to pay annual dues of one dollar. The current clubhouse was completed in 1930. The pier was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the repairs were finished in 2015. It was damaged again in 2017 by waves from Hurricane Jose, according to nj.com.
Charter & Party Boats
The charter boats include Parker Pete’s, Celtic Stoirm, Fin Onimal, Katie H, Last One, Ol’ Salty II, Skylarker Charters, Suzie Girl, Teri-Jean II, Venture III, and XTC Sportfishing. The party boats include Big Mohawk, Captain Cal II, Golden Eagle, Tropical Adventure, Miss Belmar, and Ocean Explorer. It’s a good idea to book the charter boats well in advance, and to have an idea of what species you’re interested in catching. Book in advance for the party boats, too, especially if you have a large party or are looking to go out on a weekend in the summer. The party boats all rent fishing poles for around seven dollars each.
Piers & Public Fishing Locations
If you’re interested in bringing your own fishing boat to Belmar, there are 70 transient docks available for rent at the Belmar Marina. It’s also possible to rent small row boats and motor boats, but those are best kept in the Shark River, because the Atlantic Ocean may get rough in a hurry. Of course, all you really need to fish is time and a pole. If you’re not looking to find a boat to fish from, you can fish right from any of Belmar’s beautiful beaches or some spots along the Shark River. The most popular spot is right where the river and ocean meet, near the Ocean Avenue Bridge.