Belmar and Shark River are very close proximity to the Shark River Inlet . The Belmar Marina hosts a number of charter and party boats. In addition there are a few companies that rent small row boats and motors. Although it is not advisable to run these boats out the inlet it is possible to run the boats in the bay as well as the Shark River which runs out to the inlet. The is a great place to fish for winter Flounder in the spring. The Belmar Municipal Marina is a full service marina and has a launch ramp, bait and gas.
Depending on the time of year most Party Boats will fish for the following species:
March - April: Blackfish, Ling, Cod
April - May: Winter Flounder
June - September: Fluke, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Weakfish
Many Belmar Charter Boats will fish for the same species as the Party Boats and will also fish offshore for Sharks from June - September and Tuna during August through early October.
Some Fishing Tips
Surf Fishing is good along all the local beaches. The inlet is the most popular spot.
Fluke fishing is excellent around the Spring Lake Hotel to the south and Elberon and Deal to
the north. Drifting a combination of a strip of squid and a kellie is the most popular way to fish.
Flounder fishing is best in the April and May time frame. Chumming is a necessity to improve
your chances of catching a good number of fish. Anchoring is the usual fare dropping down either
blood or sandworms. The bay and the river are popular spots but the bay is very shallow and is
limiting during low tide.
Striped Bass can be caught in the ocean or you can try between the railroad and route 35 highway
bridge in the river.
Bluefish are fished for almost exclusively in the ocean. Diving birds are a sure sign there are Bluefish
in the area. The most popular way to fish for Blues is to anchor your boat chum with ground bunker
to attract the fish while dropping back cut bunker. Make sure to use a heavy mono or wire leader
since these fish a sharp teeth that will make short order of 10 - 15 lb mono. Night time is great for
Bluefish as well.
Blackfish is best done by boat since you need knowledge and experience to locate and fish
wrecks and rock piles. If your not in the rocks or on a wreck your not going to catch.
Tuna are targeted in the summer months offshore in the Canyons.
Sharks are targeted all through the summer months and can be are usually be caught inshore of the canyons anywhere from 15 – 50 miles out.
Please be responsible and only keep what you intend to eat and practice catch and release!
Party Boating - Make sure to arrive early and get a good spot on the boat. You want to stay near the bow or the stern this way you can fish comfortably regardless of the direction the boat is drifting.
Charter Boats - Book trips early and make sure you have a species in mind and have a back up spices in case the fish don't cooperate. Make sure and discuss it with the captain so they are prepared and are in agreement. In the case of fishing for Tuna, make sure you are aware of the captains rules as far as keeping fish. Some boats, especially when giant Tuna fishing, will keep most of what their charters catch.