Maurice River Cruises offers a unique experience in NJ

It’s almost like being in a different part of the country. Most people in New Jersey don’t even know that there is a river in our state called the Maurice River. It is pronounced “Morris” by locals. There is a company operating out of Millville called Maurice River Cruises.

They depart from Millville Marina every Friday and Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. and on Wednesdays there is an evening sail at 6 p.m. The Town of Millville has done a great job in recent years to revitalize the downtown area and attract more businesses and tourists.

Picture via Google Maps

Picture via Google Maps

It is also the home of New Jersey Motorsports Park, which continues to grow in popularity. You can even rent accommodations on the property for diehard racing fans.

If you’ve never been to this very southern part of our state, it’s worth heading to Cumberland County and checking things out. Mauritius river cruises take you up the river but stop before you go into Delaware Bay. But you can drive to the waterfront and experience one of my favorite towns, Fortescue.

Once known as the “Weak Fish Capital of the World”, Fortescue is a sleepy little waterside village. They have a hotel and some great local seafood choices. You’ll feel like you’re in a whole different state, but you’ll still be in New Jersey. It’s worth the detour.

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Bass bite in the fresh waters of New Jersey

From mid to late May the largemouth bass started biting on my favorite lake. I finally got a chance to get out there and see how good the fishing is this year and it didn’t take long. I had two bass in the first 10 minutes on the lake. We fished exclusively with live bait, either worms, night owls (the biggest worms) or minnows. It’s become too easy and it’s not what “real” anglers do.

It’s more of a sport if you trick the fish into biting your hook with the right lure and presentation. You need to figure out what they feed on at this time of year, choose a lure that looks like it, and tweak it to make it appealing to the fish. For most people it’s a stupid waste of time, but for those of us who caught the fishing bug as kids or adults, it’s almost addictive. OK, it’s addicting.

Most people look at a body of water like a pond, lake, river, or stream and admire it for its natural beauty. Anglers try to figure out what kind of fish are below the surface and where would be the best place to catch them. If you have young children and know how to fish, you can create amazing memories and teach a great lesson about nature. My dad and uncles did this for me and those of some of the fondest memories of my childhood.

There are so many different kinds of fish and fisheries in the fresh waters of New Jersey. We usually think of fishing on the Jersey Shore, but there are plenty of fishing opportunities not far from where you live. Make sure you know a few simple rules and ask a local tackle store for good advice on what to buy and where to go, and you’re good to go. It’s a great way to enjoy the diversity of landscapes we have here and challenge yourself a bit.

I challenged myself for the first time this season to try and catch a few bass on Thursday afternoon just before the rain and thunderstorms and I succeeded straight away in one of my favorite fishing holes in Medford.

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