Nightwatch Sport Fishing

For your next trip to New Jersey, you’ll want to spend a day fishing with Captain Alan of Nightwatch Sport Fishing. He’s a local to the area and has spent a lifetime fishing the waters out of Barnegat Light. As well as being there every step of the way for you on your trip, Capt. Alan will point out local wildlife and tell you about them – ecology and the moral way of fishing are both very important to him.

You’ll spend the day on his 22’ Kencraft boat that has plenty of space for up to 4 anglers to fish from. The boat is decked out with safety and navigational gear, including a fishfinder and GPS. It also features a T-top to provide you protection from the sun. Pair this with Capt. Alan’s 5 decades of fishing experience, and you’ll be on the fish in no time!

You’ll mostly be using light tackle to target Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Seabass, Weakfish, and more. You’ll be trolling, spinning, jigging, or popping on a trip with Capt. Alan. Feel free to bring along your own fly fishing gear if you’d like.

Children over 10 are welcome on board and will have life vests provided for them. Children will have a great story to tell their friends back at school after a fishing trip with Capt. Alan. The boat is non-smoking.

Included in the price of the trip are all the conventional, spinning, trolling, and baitcasting rods and reels. The captain will provide all bait, live or artificial, depending on which species you’ll be targeting. This is prepared before the trip for you. Your catch that can be kept legally will be cleaned at the end of the trip.

You’ll need to bring along a small cooler of food and drinks. Don’t forget your sun protection and polarized sunglasses, and you’ll be ready for a top day out.

Book a trip with Nightwatch Sport Fishing for an unforgettable fishing trip with Capt. Alan.

Note: Trip starting times are flexible.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Dec 15
    $500
    This is a 4-hour trip to explore the local flats, coves, and bays. You'll mostly be using the captain's light tackle, but feel free to bring along your own fly fishing gear if you'd like. Included in the price of the trip is the fishing license for the group. You'll need to bring a small cooler of food and drinks along with you, as well as sun protection and appropriate clothing for the weather. Bass, Flounder, Bluefish, and more can be targeted on this trip. The starting time is flexible!

About the Captain

Alan Thomas
Barnegat Light, New Jersey, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
27 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2019
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Captain Alan has over 5 decades of experience running boats. He decided to start running charters after a lifetime of fishing, to teach the public the right and moral way to fish. He also aims to teach his guests something about the sea and the wildlife they encounter. If you're lucky enough to see a sea turtle or other wildlife, you can bet that Capt. Alan will pause and tell you about them – ecology is very important to him.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Boat specs

Kencraft (Center console) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 175HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bring your own gear
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Conventional, spinning, trolling, & bait casting
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Will clean legal catch
Drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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
Min. age 10, life vests on board
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Mike S.
West Chester, PA
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Great day with Capt. Alan on the Nightwatch

VERIFIED   Trip for Mike on November 26, 2022
Had a terrific day aboard the Nightwatch off Barnegat Light/Island Beach with Capt. Alan.  Limited out on stripers.  Alan...
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Paul N.
Beach Haven, New Jersey
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Half day trip with Capt Alan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 16, 2022
Mark, Joe and I had a great trip with Capt Alan. The swells were too big to fish offshore but we had great luck in the bay...
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Richard C.
Bronxville, NY
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Half Day with Captain Alan on the Nightwatch

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 26, 2022
Had a great time with my 12 year old son for a half day going after stripers and fluke. Captain Alan was knowledgeable and...
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Daniel B.
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Excellent
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Best day!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 19, 2022
Had such a great day with captain Alan! Caught such beautiful fluke. Treats you like family!
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Kyle B.
Phoenixville, PA
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4 hr August trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 13, 2022
Captain Alan was great!  He put my wife and I on the keeper fluke! Will be back
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FAQs about Nightwatch Sport Fishing

Nightwatch Sport Fishing offers the following trip to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Nightwatch Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Nightwatch Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Conventional, spinning, trolling, & bait casting)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Will clean legal catch )
  • Drinks

Nightwatch Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Nightwatch Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own gear)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Nightwatch Sport Fishing include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tautog