Join Freespirit Fishing and experience the best fishing in the New Jersey area! With a lifetime of experience, Captain Steve Bent is the best person to show you around and take you to the most productive fishing grounds.An experienced mate will add to your enjoyment on every trip.

The Free Spirit is a 34’ Calvin Beal downeast boat with a 13’ beam that will take you on a journey of a lifetime in comfort and safety. Capt. Steve 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 dinner. 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 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 with a captain with over 50 years experience.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 5 - Nov 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $650
    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!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Cape May Black Drum
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 9 - Jun 10
    $750
    We fish Delaware Bay out of Cape May, NJ and chase the biggest fish you’ll catch short of the canyon. Black Drum is a great fighter that kicks your butt. Small weighs 30 lbs and the average size is 40-70 lbs. Best of all, we have a run of less than 5 miles to fish and we anchor in the Delaware Bay out of Cape May, so seasickness is seldom a problem. Most folks catch the biggest fish of their life and to top it off, they are good eating! This fish tells you it’s coming. Bucket list for sure!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 25 - Dec 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $900
    Explore the inshore waters of New Jersey starting the end of May through November and target Seabass, Fluke, and Porgy. During the warmer months, chase Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and occasional King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi. If Striped Bass shows up in November, you will target it as well. All the equipment will be provided on board, just bring food and drinks, some sunscreen, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Early Season Seabass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 25 - Jun 25 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $1,000
    Great fishing for one of the best eating fish in the ocean. Limits are normal on these trips.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – late season Seabass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 8 - Nov 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $1,000
    From October to late november there is some fine fishing for jumbo Seabass. You'll run 20-30 miles out but the fishing is usually excellent. Limits are the usual results of this trip. It is a 9 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 bend a rod on these fine eating fish.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 5 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $1,200
    On this trip, you'll go up to 20 plus miles offshore to fish for Seabass, Scup, fluke, and when available, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. This allows you to have a great shot at these fine fish from June through September when the season is open. You'll cover a lot of ground, and the captain will provide all the equipment. The time we sail depends on when the fish is biting. Make sure to bring sunscreen, some food and drinks, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour–Shark Big Game Excitement!
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 10 - Jul 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $1,200
    Starting in early June through the middle of July, you can seek out these toothy critters. You will target Mako, Blue Shark, Hammerhead, Thresher, as well as Brown Shark. Regulations do limit what you can keep but not what you can catch. Come on down and get some very exciting fishing. On occasion, you can even see a Great White! You will leave earlier cause the early boat gets the sharks!
  • Private trip
    14 Hour – Tilefish Deep Dropping
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 10 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $2,200
    You will run to the edge of the canyon and deep drop for great eating fish. Conventional and electric reels are available. Tilefish, Barrelfish, and other deep water species will be available.
  • Private trip
    14 Hour Trip – Big Game Fishing!
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 10 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $2,300
    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! The trip lasts from 12-15 hours.
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About the Captain

Stephan Bent
Margate City, New Jersey, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
27 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
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) Striped Bass
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Flounder Flounder
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Tilefish Tilefish
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
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
Fishfinder
Bed
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Multimedia System
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
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, pay rest to captain

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Fun for all ages
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9hr trip with captain stephan
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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George B.
Oxford, PA
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Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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9hr trip

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Offshore on August 10, 2021
Had a great trip yesterday on the Free Spirit. Captain Steve and mate Bill were excellent.  For someone who gets sick but...
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Jan P.
Jackson Township, NJ
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Cape May Black Drum on May 28, 2022
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Christina M.
United States
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Fun for all ages

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Inshore on September 25, 2021
Had a great day, kids and adults alike. Captain Steve made it a day to remember ALWAYS. We caught some fish got some sun and...
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Gary F.
Folcroft, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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9hr trip with captain stephan

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Offshore on July 17, 2021
Good day with a good captain everyone had a good time and everyone caught at least 2 fish would definitely book another trip...
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Clayton B.
Frederick, MD
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 21, 2021
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FAQs about Freespirit Fishing LLC

Freespirit Fishing LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Cape May Black Drum (7 hours)
  • $900 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Early Season Seabass (9 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 9 Hour Trip – late season Seabass (9 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Offshore (10 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 10 Hour–Shark Big Game Excitement! (10 hours)
  • $2,200 per group - 14 Hour – Tilefish Deep Dropping (14 hours)
  • $2,300 per group - 14 Hour Trip – Big Game Fishing! (14 hours)

When you book a trip with Freespirit Fishing LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Three Raymarine Axiom)
  • Fishfinder (4 fishfinders)
  • Bed (2 V births)
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Freespirit Fishing LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Fin-Nor, Shimano, Quantum, Tsunami.)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (An experienced mate will be on board for ebery tri)
  • Fishing License

Freespirit Fishing LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Freespirit Fishing LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Freespirit Fishing LLC include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo