Offshore Fishing Procedures

The captain and crew aboard Party Boat NJ maintain the highest safety standards and professionalism, in an effort to provide the best possible fishing adventure for all passengers. We go above and beyond U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Our goal is to provide an enjoyable trip so that you when you leave, the captain hears, "I am impressed with the boat and the entire operation; I had a great time, and I’m looking forward to returning with more friends!"

We are an 85 foot boat with 18 bunks and only carry up to 18 customers when we travel offshore. We will carry two to four crew members at all times. You will never feel overcrowded aboard Party Boat NJ. If you are a first time offshore adventurer with us, it is important to know the following when you arrive at our dock.

When the boat is docked and your cars are properly parked in the lot, you are free to put your rods aboard. Only one rod at the rail at any time; extra rods may be placed above or forward in the rod holder. (This means we should never count more than 18 rods at the rail since we carry a maximum of 18 passengers.)

Once the boat is cleaned and the captain or crew gives permission, you may bring all your remaining belongings on board. Any large empty coolers may be left in your vehicle since we tag and bleed the fish immediately and store them in the iced fish holds below deck.

Approximately one half hour before departure, Bob will ask all passengers to gather on the dock and review what many refer to as the "riot act", which is basically a review of dos and don’ts aboard the vessel. Essentially, the following applies:

  • Red lights in bunk stay on - Coast Guard Regulation. These lights allow you to move around and find the ladder to leave the bunk room whenever you want to do so.
  • Smoking is allowed only on deck outside of the cabin and heads, on the lower or upper deck. Do not grind butts into the deck. Do not flush butts in the toilet.
  • Coolers, tackle boxes and any hard plastic items are to be placed on the deck or under tables, or outside the cabin under the benches. The cushions are easily torn when these items are placed on them and are costly to repair. Do not place these items on the cushions.
  • The microwave oven must be used properly by covering or wrapping food with paper towels, which we provide for you. Please clean up any spills. We pride ourselves on cleanliness. Remember liquids will spill when the boat is rolling. Please bring a thermos for coffee and the like and do not expect to heat liquids in the microwave when winds are strong.
  • Please notice there is a recycling container in the cabin and a garbage can for all other waste in the cabin and another one on the outer deck. Please use them appropriately.
  • Salt water is used to flush the heads. There is an unlimited supply. Please flush for as long as needed to empty the toilet. The pump will endure. If uncertain, keep flushing.
  • There is a Limited supply of fresh water, from the faucets. Please use this water conservatively. Be certain the faucets are not jammed and running unnecessarily. If we run out of fresh water, we can not replenish until we are back at the dock.
  • Bedding ONLY is allowed in the very dry, comfortable bunk room. This is a wooden boat with cloth covered cushions on each bunk. For everyone’s comfort, all personal belongings, tackle boxes, food, etc. remains above in the cabin.The bunk room is for sleeping only. Please leave any wet clothes and foul weather gear above in the cabin, including socks, boots and footwear. This is mandatory to maintain comfort for all.
  • Should you feel ill, do not use the bunk room or stay in the cabin. Do not lock yourself in the head; do not vomit in the trash can, get sick over the side. This can only aid the chum slick and maintain comfort aboard the boat for all.
  • Captain Bob Pennington has a reputation for maintaining the cleanest head boat on the east coast and takes great pride in this fact. Please cooperate by disposing of chewing gum and garbage appropriately.

Check our list of what to bring on the tuna fishing trip.