Fin Chaser Charters– Highlands

Fin Chaser Charters is the benchmark for quality in New Jersey. Operating for 18 consecutive seasons and topping the board at tournaments across the Northeast, these guys have the experience, the skills, and the can-do attitude to get you on that fish of a lifetime.

Launching out of Highlands, NJ, you will be perfectly placed to enjoy awesome angling both inshore and offshore. Inshore trips last four to six hours, and focus on fishing the bays, inlets, and nearshore wrecks for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Flounder, Tautog, and more.

Head offshore, and it’s an entirely different ball game. You will be rocketing out to the best fishing spots around to target Mako and Thresher Sharks, White Marlin, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and various other deep-sea superstars.

Capt. Frank Wagenhoffer isn’t the kind of man to stop fishing when the bite is hot. If Tuna are making the topwaters boil out at the Hudson Canyon, he will happily stay out longer to get you on a record-breaker. The same goes for burning gas. Other captains might throttle back at the 60-mile mark, but Capt. Frank will go half as far again if that’s where the bite is best.

From the moment you step aboard Capt. Frank’s 36’ Contender Fisharound, you will know he means business. All-Raymarine electronics sweep the deep while outriggers and downriggers spread your lines far and wide to maximize your catch. All this while your captain and mate prep every kind of tackle under the sun.

The Fin Chaser Charters team are fly fishing specialists who stock the best equipment on the market to give you the best experience. And it’s not just fly gear. Trolling, jigging, popping, spinning, drifting, live baiting – you name it, they’ve got it on board.

This is a chance to fish with the best in the business in the most famous waters around. This is the chance for the perfect fishing trip. So jump aboard and get ready to scratch off half your bucket list!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    16 Hour Trip - Canyons (4 guests)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    16 hour trip, starts at 3:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $2,500
    up to 6 persons
    This trip sees you rocketing up to 100 miles offshore to the legendary Hudson Canyon. Fishing out here, you can find White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Mako and Thresher Sharks, and more. These are some of the deepest and most dramatic canyons in the Northeast, so who knows what might show up. Capt. Frank will happily stay out a little longer if the bite is hot. He loves great fishing as much as anyone! Up to 4 guests can go on this trip. You can stay a bit longer, up to 18 hours.
  • Private trip
    14 Hour Trip - Offshore (4 guests)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    14 hour trip, starts at 2:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $2,000
    up to 6 persons
    This trip will see you traveling up to 70 miles offshore in search of Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Thresher and Mako Sharks, Mahi Mahi, and more. The length of this trip is not set in stone: if you want to head home early or stay out an hour or two longer, that's fine with Capt. Frank. The price stays the same, however long you fish for. This trip can accommodate up to 4 guests.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the whole morning on the water, exploring the Raritan Bay and New York Harbor for Striped Bass, Flounder, Weakfish, Bluefish, and much, much more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $800
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the morning targeting Striped Bass, Bluefish, Scup, Weakfish, Flounder, Fluke, and other inshore favorites around New York Harbor and Raritan Bay.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the morning fishing for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Flounder, Tautog, Weakfish, and more on this four-hour inshore/nearshore trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Dec
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    Head out for an afternoon of inshore action, targeting Bluefish, Blackfish, Weakfish, Stripers, Flounder, Fluke, and more.
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About the Captain

Frank Wagenhoffer
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
Angler's Choice
42 Reports
ID & License verified
9 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2018
Captain Frank has been fishing Raritan Bay from the age of 10. He has been a charter boat captain for the last 19 years and has fished from Cape Cod, MA to Virginia Beach, VA on the ASA and FLW Striper Tournament trails. He is still an active tournament fisherman, most recently winning the 2017 & 2018 LBI Cup Grand Championship Award back to back and winning 7 out of 9 tournaments entered in 2018. This is a testament to his passion, skill, and ability, which he puts to work on every trip he runs. Captan Frank publishes his weekly report in The Fisherman Magazine Highlands, NJ section. In the off season Captain Frank gives seminars and “How To” work shops on fishing strategies and techniques at industry Fishing/Trade and Boat shows.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder

Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Marlin (White)
Seabass (Black)
Shark (Mako)

Shark (Thresher)
Tautog
Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Contender (Performance fishing) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2018. Powered by 3 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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100%
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100%
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Aaron F.
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Half Day with Capt. Frank

VERIFIED   May 26, 2019
I took my family of four (me, my wife and two college age kids) with Capt. Frank and 1st Mate Jason for a pm charter on a warm...
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Zoe Z.
New York, NY
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VERIFIED   June 9, 2019
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VERIFIED   June 2, 2018
We had the best time today. We caught 2 huge strippers, and Captain Frank worked endlessly for hours trying to get us more...
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