Summer is a time of year when people flock to the outdoors whether it’s for a day at the beach, paddleboarding in the river or to sail away at sea.

Oftentimes, outdoor sum- mer activities and water go hand-in-hand, so this summer why not put fishing on your to-do list.

Fishing options are practically endless in Monmouth and Ocean counties, whether you choose to do it yourself by renting a small boat or would rather set sail for a deep sea fishing excursion.

RENT A MOTOR BOAT 

Shark River is home to fluke, flounder and striped bass and more and Fisherman’s Den provides half- and full-day motor boat rentals for your fishing needs.

According to Belmar-based Fisherman’s Den, they offer the largest, cleanest and most dependable motor boat rentals on the Shark River. A standard rental at Fisherman’s Den includes a 16-foot fiberglass or wooden boat, 8 hp outboard motor, full tank of gasoline and instructions on operation of the boat and motor.

Although renting a motorboat makes for a do-it-yourself day of fishing, the staff at Fisherman’s Den guide renters upon arrival to what fish is in season, the best bait to use and where the best fishing has been of late.

For more information on motorboat rentals from Fisherman’s Den, visit fishermansdennj.com.

DEEP SEA FISHING 

Interested in dipping your toes or diving right in to deep sea fishing this summer? Captains Ken Keller and Matt Sosnowski of the Norma-K fleet have you covered.

The Norma-K III is located at Ken’s Landing in Point Pleasant Beach and sails year round both day and night. Whether you are interested in fishing for fluke, sea bass, cod, bluefish or other species, the Norma-K III will get you to the most productive fishing grounds.

The Norma-K III sails every day for fluke, every Friday and Saturday night for blues and bottom fishing for ling and cod on Sunday nights.

For more information on taking a trip on one of the top producing party boats at the shore, visit normakfishing.com. The captain also provides the latest fishing reports on the Norma K III Facebook page.

GUIDE SERVICE 

Check out Shore Catch to experience New Jersey’s premier saltwater fly and light tackle guide service.

According to Catch Guide Service, they offer a full spectrum of inshore and offshore custom fishing charters and their specialty is putting you, the client, on fish.

Shore Catch’s custom fleet of boats run from Sandy Hook, Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Bay. Bluefin tuna is the name of the game for Shore Catch as they spend more
time on the bluefin grounds from July through December than any other charter operation.

Boat charter rates are offered for inshore tuna, midshore tuna, offshore canyons charters and mahi madness. For more information on the Shore Catch experience, visit shorecatch.com.

DO-IT-YOURSELF

RENT A MOTOR BOAT FROM FISHERMAN’S DEN ON THE SHARK RIVER FLUKE • FLOUNDER STRIPED BASS AND LATER IN SEASON BLUE CLAW CRABS

www.fishermansdennj.com

BEST CHANCES 

TAKE A TRIP ON THE NORMA K FLEET OUT OF POINT PLEASANT BEACH DEEP SEA FISHING ALL YEAR AND NIGHTLY BLUEFISHING

www.normakfishing.com

SCORE BIG 

WITH SHORE CATCH GUIDE SERVICE SALTWATER STRIPED BASS, BONITO, ALBACORE AND TUNA FISHING GUIDED BEACH AND JETTY TRIPS

www.shorecatch.com