PrimeTime Fishing Charters

Whether you’re looking for reel-screaming action of fighting a trophy-sized fish or you want to provide your family a relaxing day spent outdoors, PrimeTime Fishing Charters has a trip for you! Captain Karl McKenna will put you on the hottest bite in the waters of New Jersey.

You’ll fish from a 20’ Grady White walkaround, built in 1990. She’s proven the quality of her build time and again and still takes anglers with the same gusto as the day she was launched. She can handle 3 anglers and the captain at the same time. The engine is a 200 HP Yamaha outboard that’ll get you to your fishing grounds quickly.

Capt. Karl will provide you with the equipment and instruction for a wide range of fishing techniques. You’ll do bottom fishing, trolling, jigging, spinning, and drift fishing with conventional or fly rods. You should bring your own fly rods, though.

This variety of techniques is there for a reason; there’s a great variety of species to target. Striped Bass, Flounder, Tautog, Ling, Bluefish, Scup, Black Seabass, Mahi Mahi, and whatever else you run into can be hooked up.

Remember to pack a cooler for your catch, the captain will clean and fillet your fish free of charge. Fishing licenses aren’t needed, the captain’s license will cover you.

Explore the waters of New Jersey the right way. Book a trip with PrimeTime Fishing Charters and cast off on a fishing adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    This trip will take you further out than the 5-hour one and you can go after a wide range of species. Tautog, Striped Bass, Mahi Mahi, Bluefish, and many other fish can be targeted.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    If you're a fan of Cow Stripers, this is the trip for you! You'll be trolling with live bait inside the Raritan Bay for these prestigious predators.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    Wait out the noon heat and hit the waters of the Raritan Bay for Striped Bass. You will be trolling with live bait on this extended half day trip.
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About the Captain

Karl McKenna
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
53 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2014
Captain Karl McKenna has been fishing all over the Sandy Hook and the Raritan Bay area almost all of his life. He has over four decades of experience fishing and diving in the waters of New Jersey. A lifetime of fishing has taught him all the tricks of catching the popular species that stalk these waters. He's also been diving in this area since 1974.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Bluefish
Common Ling
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Flounder
Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black)
Tautog

Boat Specs

Grady White (Walkaround) originally built in 1990. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (2)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half Day trip with Captain Carl
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Henry M.
Hudson, FL
 5.00
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5 hour evening trip with captain Karl McKenna

VERIFIED   August 14, 2019
This trip was an excellent overall experience. This captain knows his business and works to produce plenty of fish. We caught...
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Jay F.
Staten Island, NY
 5.00
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Half Day trip with Captain Carl

VERIFIED   April 29, 2019
Easily accessible location. Even with a slow bite Captain Carl put us on fish. Beautiful sunny day and early season...
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Xiaoming H.
Edison, New Jersey
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
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Cory M.
Pittston, PA
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 3, 2019
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Elaine L.
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
 5.00
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5hrs trip

VERIFIED   August 20, 2017
We had a great time! Karl was very experienced and friendly. He was very patient with the beginners, definitely will go fish...
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