PrimeTime Fishing Charters

Whether you’re looking for the reel-screaming thrill 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 again and again and still takes anglers with the same gusto as the day she was launched. She can handle 2 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 mix of techniques is there for a reason; there’s a great variety of species to target. Striped Bass, Flounder, Tautog, Ling, Bluefish, Scup, 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
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $500
    If you're a fan of inshore fishing, this is the trip for you! You'll spend the morning fishing inside the Raritan Bay for a variety of species. No need to worry about gear, bait, or lures – your captain has you covered. Feel free to bring any drinks and snacks you'd like.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 25
    $500
    Wait out the noon heat and hit the waters of the Raritan Bay for an afternoon fishing adventure! You will be fishing with bait or lures provided by your captain on this 5-hour trip. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and you're ready to go!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $600
    This trip will take you further out than the 5-hour one and you can go after a wide range of species. Your captain will provide all the gear, lures, and bait you need for a successful trip. Pack enough drinks and snacks to keep you going and you're all set!

About the Captain

Karl McKenna
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
131 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
42 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2014
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Captain Karl McKenna has been fishing all over the Sandy Hook and the Raritan Bay area almost all of his life. He has over 4 decades of experience fishing and diving in the waters of New Jersey. A lifetime of fishing has taught him all the tricks necessary for 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) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Common Ling Common Ling
Flounder Flounder

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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Radio

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 42 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Amazing with kids, good fishing, book with Prime Time you won't regret.
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Adam C.
Jersey City, NJ
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I can not say enough nice things about Captin Karl. My daughter (6 year old) and I spent the morning with him. It was her first...
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Jason Z.
Wayne, NJ
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Fishing trip with captain Karl

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on August 24, 2022
It was our first experience actually going out in the water and fish. We were pretty inexperienced when it came to fishing...
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Riley C.
Sparta Township, NJ
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5 Hour AM trip with Captain Karl

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 3, 2022
Had a great time with Capt. Karl today. Fished for fluke all day. Started closer to shore and he managed to get two on the...
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Gary K.
Las Vegas, NV
Excellent
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Prime Time Fish Finder

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on September 19, 2022
Wow what a day! My wife and I celebrated my 59th birthday with Cptn Karl. Down to earth, taught us tons about the specific...
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Jaryd B.
Red Bank, New Jersey
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Dogfish, no problem

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 8, 2022
Capt. Karl bled for us as we caught ~25 dogfish… The experience was fun and learned a few things. We ended up with...
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FAQs about PrimeTime Fishing Charters

PrimeTime Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - 7 Hour Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with PrimeTime Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radio
  • Sonar

Trips booked with PrimeTime Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

PrimeTime Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

PrimeTime Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with PrimeTime Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Common Ling
  • Flounder
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tautog