I really like this place because it was a really friendly atmosphere... the crew is really friendly and are ready to help. Me and my family go on the queen mary and always have a good time =). I would def. urge others to give them a shot it will def. be worth it.
It was 45 dollars for adults to fish and they can provide poles lures and sack so put your fish in, and at the end coming home they offer to filet your fishes for you as little as 1 dollar a fish, and you dont have to book either. Going on the Q.M. was a really great experience. I'm glad it was with them.
Arriving at the dock in the early morning hours anticipating a productive fishing trip, I should have known. The captain, a man with the weather-beaten looks and lowkey affect of John Walton, and the mental acuity to match, was handing out registration forms for passengers to fill out. He did not explain the purpose of the form, so when I asked a crew member what to do with it, he stared at me blankly and said, "Like I should know?". It was all downhill from there.
Cattle in the stockyards of Chicago have better accomodations than the humans incarcerated on this boat for 6 to 8 hours. After leaving port (the theme song from "Gilligan's Island" echoing in my head) we arrived at the first of what proved to me many of the captain's "fishing spots". Fishing unproductively with "jigs" or weighted spoons that one simply drops straight down from the 6 inch by 6 inch spot he or she is occupying on the ship, no fish were caught, except for a few hapless "Moss Bunker" that were inadvertently snagged (and which subsequently became striper bait). 5 or 10 minutes of this and the engines would fire up, followed by a short Pavlovian toot of the captain's horn. Time to move. Again.
Arriving at the next "spot", the captain would proffer advice from his perch above. "They're under the boat!" he exclaimed. "They're pushing the bunker right to us!" was his cry. Like Ahab pursuing his whale, we never quite caught sight of our prey. No matter. It was becoming obvious this boat wasn't concerned with catching fish, at least not the kind that swim in water. Plenty of fish were caught by this captain - the green rectangular kind.
The mates on the boat were an interesting lot. Twenty somethings, with a discernable lack of social skills and no real interest in fishing, or at least angling for aquatic creatures. Their interest in catching some of the two-legged fish on board was quite evident, however. They offered no advice, no tips that would have made the day a little more interesting, if not productive. It seemed as if they were just doing a job, and doing it poorly. If you don't like what you do, then do something else. McDonald's is always looking for help.
After several hours of this, the mood on the boat became one of disappointment and discouragement, but the crew and captain never noticed, or never cared. They were too busy cleaning the boat and
moving from one "spot" to another. A good thing we had only gone several hundred yards offshore during the entire trip too, fuel prices being what they are.
Finally, we arrived back at port, tired, exhausted and disillusioned, but the final insult awaited. With a sudden infusion of energy and enthusiasm, the crew sprang to life, lining the exit rail and
cheerfully bidding us a good afternoon, offering a helping hand to all who needed one, the other hand gladly accepting more rectangular green fish.
I should mention that several striped bass were caught on this bluefishing trip, mostly by people with their own fishing gear who suspiciously seemed like "ringers". Perhaps they were relatives of
the captain. They seemed to obtain the choicest places on the boat from which to fish. Interesting.
If you like bluefish, save yourself time and aggravation. Instead of going out on this boat, sleep late and visit the nearest fish store instead. It will be cheaper and more fun I'm sure.
The staff of the Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant, was excellent! My 9 yer old son had the best time talking with the deckhands and learning how to bait and fish for Fluke. He caught one keeper and one throwback. We both can't wait to go back! Thanks Captain Dave and Staff!
Several people who have submitted reviews with a single star may have had higher expectations than most when it comes to fishing on a party boat.
If you have NEVER done this, or never fished, there's a couple of things to realize
There's NO guarantee you will catch fish.
The boat will move often, especially when fishing is slow, so fish can be found.
With the Groupon, or really any nice sunny and warm day, the boat will be crowded.
This means: You wont have much elbow room AND fishing lines WILL get tangled.
Now, the good news is that you are out on the warm on a (hopefully) beautiful day, and your little fishing excursion culminates with a nice evening watching the fireworks.
We brought along our cooler for food and drink, including bottles of wine.
The boat, overall, caught about 6 fish. It was a slow fishing day, but weather was nice.
My gf caught a black seabass which the crew promptly fileted after fishing ended.
I found the crew to be extremely patient and instructional for those who needed it.
I tipped appropriately, and as mentioned, settled in with some wine and enjoyed the fireworks.
The best tip I can offer is that you get to the boat EARLY so you get a seat for yourself and your cooler! Many people came on very late and had to squeeze into spots and if they had multiple members in their party, it's difficult to find a spot together.
On my trip, the front of the boat got most of the action.
Most fisherman believe that even a day without catching fish is a better day that being on shore. If you are easily bored, don't go, or just bring an ipod, a comfortable cushion and enjoy the sun and waves.
Hope this helps, and I wouldn't hesitate to do this again.
It's a great price, especially with the Groupon.
Captain and Crew provide a fantastic fishing experience. Their on the ground knowledge of the local fishery results in a superior fishing experience and maximizes your chances to catch fish. The Boat is clean, well appointed and comfortable. I love this boat. Suprised to read anything negative. Perhaps you haven't considered that fishing is just that-fishing-not catching. This Crew tries to maximize your ability to catch fish.
Can't beat the amazing weather this year Memorial Day weekend... Especially if you were out fishing on the ocean! The highlight of our weekend this year was the fishing aboard the Queen Mary. The boat is top notch, the crew helpful and the Captain hands-on. We caught plenty of fish, enjoyed the sun and sailing, and had way more fun than any day sitting on the beach. If you're coming to Point Pleasant Beach, give fishing aboard the Queen Mary a try - you won't be disappointed!
This was our 1st fishing trip on a boat, but the crew made it very easy for us. They were extremely helpful and hardworking. They gave us proper instructions/tips and rushed the moment hooks were tangled up, The boat was kept clean too. For someone like us who had no luck with fishing quite some time, we caught 8 ~ 9 pretty good size fishes. The boat was somewhat crowded, but it doesn't matter, as everyone caught plenty.
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