Port Monmouth is an unincorporated community within Middletown Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Located in Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ, Marlu Lake is a freshwater lake. The lake is 22 acres and features a lot of underwater as well as above water structure. The depth averages about 5 to 10 feet with one section that goes to 20 '. There is an area to launch cartop boats/kayaks and trailered boats (it is not a traditional boat ramp. It is more of just a flat area that gradually drops off). Boats are restricted to electric motors only. Although the lake can be fished from the shoreline, it is easier to fish by boat, kayak or canoe. Thick brush, trees and steep banks make shore fishing hard and in some cases dangerous. There are largemouth bass, crappies, carp and sunfish. There are also a lot of turtles as well. In fact, there are 2 islands and the first one is called Turtle Island. The bass I catch here average between 2 and 3 pounds. But there are bass that are far heavier that swim around. In fact I have caught several over 4 pounds. My biggest bass I caught at this lake was 5 pounds 2 ounces. I consider Marlu Lake to be my home lake. I kayak fish here as much as I can. Holmdel Park Pond is located in Holmdel Park in Holmdel NJ. This is a small pond at only 5 acres but does give up some good fish. It has largemouth bass, sunfish, carp and it is also stocked with trout. Trout fishing is not too good during early April. I find it gets better late April and early May. My biggest trout caught here was a brown trout. I didn't have a scale but I estimate it's weight was about 4 lbs or so. After a quick picture, I released him back into the water. There are no boats, canoes or kayaks allowed on the lake so all fishing has to be done at the shoreline. Almost the entire lake is assessable to fish. There are several benches along the shoreline so you can cast a line and sit and relax. This used to be my home lake until I got my kayak. This is a great place to take the family fishing. Especially if you have younger children. There is a playground, grassy fields to play ball, have a picnic or just relax. There is also a main building which houses clean restrooms, indoor picnic tables and vending machines. At certain times there is a snack bar as well. Raritan Bay is located at the southern portion of Lower New York Bay between New York and New Jersey and is part of the New York Bight. There are numerous places to fish and too many types of fish to get into so I will concentrate on the 2 I fish for most; striped bass and fluke (AKA summer flounder). Port Monmouth is the place I launch my kayak most. Although it is difficult to bring the kayak back to the truck due to the huge sand hill you have to pull the kayak up, this is a great place to launch. There are a few channels within a short paddle to target fluke. There is also a main shipping channel that is more of a paddle but does yield some decent sized fish. Bucktails tipped with squid and spearing with a teaser hook is the best way to fish for fluke. They usually lay on the edges of channels and near drop offs. Whenever fishing in or near a channel you have to be careful of boats and ships that use the channel. Always be ready to paddle fast at all times. I always leave my paddle across my lap and never use the paddle keeper. This way I can quickly paddle out of the way if I have to. Raritan Bay also has a great striped bass fishery. Although better by kayak or boat, you can surf fish for stripers as well. A lot of my friends cast or troll plugs although I prefer to use clams. I like to float around drifting clams on a fish finder rig as opposed to constantly casting lures...although from time to time I do it. There are big stripers to be caught in early spring and late fall but you can catch schoolie stripers almost all year long. The Navesink River is located in northern Monmouth County NJ. I fish the area of the Oceanic Bridge which connects Middletown and Rumson. During the week there is not too much boat traffic but on the weekends there could be quite a few boats fishing as well as coming in and going out. So you have to be careful fishing the channel just like in the bay. I don't know much about the striper fishing here (or if there even are any stripers) but the fluking can be pretty good. I use the same set up as the bay, bucktail tipped with squid and spearing. Depending on the tide I drift under the bridge the paddle back up/down stream and drift again. There are some hole in the area as well so it is best to use a fishfinder to find them. There are a few marinas that rent boats and kayaks. After a good day of fishing there are a few places to get a bite to eat. My favorite restaurant is located right on the river in Rumson; Barnacle Bills. If you ever get the chance to fish the Navesink River stop in for a cold beer and a good meal. The last place is another freshwater fishery. Monksville Reservoir is a 505 acre reservoir located in northern New Jersey in the town of West Milford. Monksville Reservoir can be a tough place to fish. It seems like it is either feast or famine here. It is also known among anglers as 'Skunksville' due to the numerous times anglers have gone a whole day of fishing without catching anything. Including myself. There are plenty of fish swimming in the reservoir. Anglers can try their luck either from the shore or on the water. There are two boat ramps, one at the southern end and one at the northern end. Horsepower is limited to 9.9. And you can canoe, kayak and paddleboard. There are large and smallmouth bass, walleye, musky, crappie, perch and sunfish. In the winter there is also ice fishing. The New Jersey state record musky was caught here. It weighed 42 pounds 13 ounces and was caught through the ice! There are lots of place in New Jersey to fish. These are just 5 of the places I like to fish. If you live in New Jersey or visit here, give one of these place a try and you won't be sorry.