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,  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 Bass & Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $550
    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!
  • 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
    $450
    If you're a fan of Cow Stripers, this is the trip for you! You'll spend the morning trolling with live bait inside the Raritan Bay for these prestigious predators. 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 Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $450
    Wait out the noon heat and hit the waters of the Raritan Bay for Striped Bass fishing adventure! You will be trolling with live bait 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!
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About the Captain

Karl McKenna
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
86 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
26 Customer Reviews
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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 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) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Common Ling Common Ling
Flounder Flounder

Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)
Tautog 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
2 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
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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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Recent Fishing Reports

Fathers day fluke action
Fathers day fluke action
June 21, 2021
Noah and his dad had another successful fathers day catching lots of short fluke and this nice keeper.
Lots of fluke action today
Lots of fluke action today
June 19, 2021
Much better day today with lots os fluke action and a keeper to 22 inches.
Slow day for keepers
Slow day for keepers
June 17, 2021
We had to really work to put a catch together today. All short Fluke and dogfish.

Customer Reviews

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Great Boat and Captain
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Fishing with Karl
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Joseph L.
Long Valley, NJ
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Afternoon Trip with Captain Karl

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on August 28, 2020
Honesty, Safety & Ethics. First 3 words that pop into my head about our trip on August 28th. Karl was honest with us about...
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Oscar S.
Ithaca, NY
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Great Fishing Trip Awesome Captain

VERIFIED   7 Hour Bass & Bottom Fishing on May 2, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Karl. He was knowledgeable and very nice. We trolled for stripers and caught a few and Karl...
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Morristown, NJ
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Half day trip with Captain Karl

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on June 17, 2021
My son Sean and I had a great half day on the water with Captain Karl.  Great captain and great guy - highly recommended!
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Munib A.
South Plainfield, NJ
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Great Boat and Captain

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 20, 2021
My brother in-law and I had the pleasure of being Captain Carl’s guests today and I must say he’s very knowledgeable and...
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Half day inshore trip with Capt Karl

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 25, 2020
This was a great trip. Captain Karl was instructive and helpful, while letting my son and I enjoy fishing together. More importantly,...
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FAQs about PrimeTime Fishing Charters

PrimeTime Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 7 Hour Bass & Bottom Fishing (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

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)
  • Tautog