Freespirit Fishing

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Join Freespirit Fishing and experience the best fishing in the New Jersey area! With a lifetime of experience, Captain Stephen Best is the best person to show you around and take you to the most productive fishing grounds.

The Free Spirit is a 34’ Calvin Beal downeast boat that will take you on a journey of a lifetime. Capt. Stephen was very involved with the construction of the vessel, so you can be sure that it was made to cruise these waters. It can accommodate up to 6 anglers who can fish at the same time, so don’t hesitate to invite all your friends on this adventure.

You’ll be fishing with top-quality equipment which includes Shimano, Fin-Nor, Quantum, and Tsunami rods and reels. The captain will be happy to clean your catch so you can take it home for a nice snack. Just don’t forget to bring an icebox to store it after the trip.

These waters are abundant with marine life, and home to a variety of fish species. You’ll test your angling skills against creatures like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Bass, Bluefish, Black Drum, Flounder, Scup, and Tilefish. Depending on your preference, check out the specialized trips and get that bucket list specimen!

This is a family-friendly charter, so feel free to take your kids out on the water and show them a good time! There are life jackets on board, and kids of all ages are welcome, so you can make some amazing new memories with them.

Depending on the trip you choose, the first mate might join in. If you enjoy your trip, you can consider leaving a 15–20% tip. Make sure to bring sunscreen, hats, food, and drinks so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.

Plan your new fishing adventure and join Freespirit Fishing for your chance to explore some of the most productive waters around!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Aug 15
    $1,850
    price breakdown
    $1,850
    You'll be trolling, chunking, and jigging for all the different species of Tuna and Marlin as well as Mahi Mahi and Tilefish. The departure time depends on how far you'll have to go and when the fish are feeding. The captain will provide all the fishing gear, just bring sun protection. Don't forget food and drinks to stay refreshed, and get excited about this great fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Seabass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Dec 15
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    At the end of the year, there is some fine fishing for jumbo Seabass. You'll run 55 miles out but the fishing is usually excellent. It is a 10-hour trip due to how far away the best spots are. Fishing gear will be provided for you, just bring sunscreen. Pack some food and drinks, and you're ready to have some fun on the water!
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Sep 10
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    On this trip, you'll go up to 20 plus miles offshore to fish for Seabass, Scup, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. This allows you to have a great shot at these fine fish in June and at the end of the year when the season is open. You'll cover a lot of ground, and the captain will provide all the equipment. Make sure to bring sunscreen, some food and drinks, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Black Drum
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 12 - Jun 10
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Get out on the waters of the Gulf of California, and try to reel in the prized Black Drum. The captain will provide all the equipment, and he'll take you to the best fishing spots in the area. Make sure to bring food and drinks, as well as sunscreen, and get excited about this new fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 5 - Dec 15
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Explore the inshore waters of Delaware Bay in May, or go bottom fishing and sharking in June. From July to September target Seabass, or come in October to December to reel in Striped Bass. All the equipment will be provided on board, just bring food and drinks, some sunscreen, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Striped Bass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 15 - Dec 15
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    This is a great trip to go on if you'd like to target specifically Striped Bass. The captain will take you to the best places, and he'll provide all the equipment you'll need. Make sure to bring some sun protection, some food, and drinks, as well as your sense of adventure, and you're ready to have some fun!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    This is a great trip if you want to explore the more shallow waters of the Gulf of California. You'll do some trolling and bottom fishing for 5 hours, reeling in different species, including Bass, Black Drum, Bluefish, Seabass, and Scup. All the equipment will be provided for you, just bring some sunscreen, drinks, and snacks, and you're all set!
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About the Captain

Stephan Bent
Margate City, New Jersey, United States
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2019
I have loved fishing since I was 7 years old and caught my first Trout in freshwater. In 1963 I caught my first saltwater fish, a Bluefish, and I was hooked! I fished on my own small boats and others for 15 years, and in 1978, I passed my test for my captain's license and so it began. I have fished out of Cape May and Great Egg Inlet for 40 years now and I am proud to say that mine is the only charter boat still around since the time I started. I must be doing something right! I love catching fish but I hate NOT catching fish even more. Nowadays, I find great joy in watching my clients, both young and old, enjoying catching fish. Kids and moms are always welcome. I taught in a school for 31 years, so even if you have no experience fishing, I can and will teach you and your party how to do it.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Tilefish Tilefish

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Calvin Beal (Downeast) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 465HP Yanmar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days 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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.83
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
87%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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David F.
Ocean City, NJ
 5.00
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Awsome. Captain Bent was a Blast!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 7, 2020
Although it wasn’t the results of quantity of fish caught, we all had a great day on the water. Stephan was great helping...
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Mary H.
Sea Isle City, NJ
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TUNA FISHING

VERIFIED   NEW  July 15, 2020
We had a great trip. Caught 3 tuna. Captain is very knowledgeable and friendly. He taught us how to do everything.
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Cesar De Jesus Jr
Clementon, NJ
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Trip with Captain Steve

VERIFIED   NEW  August 3, 2020
Had a great time and captain steve was fantastic
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Ronald L.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Drum fishing

VERIFIED   May 24, 2020
Took the family out for a day trip Had a great time the captain was great and he helped out the gurus with catching their...
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Jonathan D.
Sewell, NJ
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