PrimeTime Fishing Charters

Kielgart Avenue
Highlands NJ, United States

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 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 30 Nov
    US$ 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 – Striped Bass (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 30 Nov
    US$ 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 – Striped Bass (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 30 Nov
    US$ 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 this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Common Ling
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black)

Boat Specs

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

20 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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


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


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:

About the Captain

Karl McKenna
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Highlands Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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We had a great time! Karl was very experienced and friendly. He was very patient with the beginners, definitely will go fish with him again!

Fished August 20, 2017
Karl McKenna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 21, 2017

I’m glad you had a good time fishing with me and I hope to fish with you and your family again soon.

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Captain Karl has intricate knowledge of the waters off Atlantic Highlands.  Terrific experience, enjoyed by all ages.

Fished July 15, 2017
Karl McKenna (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 16, 2017

Thank you. Glad you had an enjoyable trip I enjoyed having you guys on the boat. Hope to get you out again soon.

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Fishing Reports

Blues Blitz at the Hook

August 18, 2018

Ran in to this feeding frenzy of Bluefish while drifting for Fluke near the tip of Sandy Hook yesterday. Read Full Report →

Fuke action off Sandy hook

August 15, 2018

Nasty day with 20 plus knots sw wind. The fish were biting had limit to 21 inches. Read Full Report →