Join Captain David Dzielak and have a great time nearshore and wreck fishing in Highlands, New Jersey. Families and first-timers are Captain David’s specialty and catering is available for all charters, so pick a day and have a fun and enjoyable experience in the water.

Your trip will start on a restored 37’ Tiara flybridge that can sit up to 6 guests. It is powered by twin 370 HP Marine Power engines, uses full-featured navigation technology to keep you on the right track all the time, and is equipped with outriggers and a livewell. You can use all the onboard facilities, which include the flybridge, toilet, kitchen, shower, as well as bed. To provide a more comfortable experience, the boat features a TV, multimedia system, refrigerator, and an ice-box, and you will even have the help of a first mate.

You and Captain David will chase Black and Striped Seabass, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Weakfish, Bonito, and Bluefish. The vas choice of fishing techniques you can use includes bottom and deep sea fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, and drift fishing, all on light tackle. If you want to, you can keep all the fish you catch and take it home. Captain David encourages you to bring kids on your trip, as they might easily fall in love with the sea and you can all enjoy a lovely family stay in nature.

The captain provides you with all the fishing tackle, bait, licenses, and will clean and fillet your catch. Yours is just to bring the food and drinks of your choice before you depart.

Come visit Captain Dave and have a great time fishing in Highlands!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Custom
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 15
    $895
    All the charters are flexible and custom-tailored to meet clients' needs, desires, and availability. Feel free to call Captain David and discuss how you would like your trip to be. As always, he will supply all the fishing gear, bait, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 15
    $895
    You and Captain David will leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. and have fun fishing for 6 hours. He will provide you with all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, as well as licenses, so the only things you should bring are your snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Fluke
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $895
    Six-hour Fluke fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Striped Bass
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 15
    $895
    You and Captain David will starts fishing at 7:00 a.m. and have a great time chasing Striped Bass for 6 hours. All the fishing tackle, bait, as well as licenses will be waiting for you, so the only things you should bring are the food and drinks of your choice.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Bottom Fish
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 15
    $950
    You and the captain will be targeting various bottom species such as Black Seabass, Porgy, Flounder, and more. You will have all the fishing rods, reels, tackle, bait, and licenses ready for you when you arrive. The trip starts at 7:00 a.m. and lasts for 6 hours.

About the Captain

David Dzielak
Highlands, New Jersey, United States
ID & License verified
5 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2020
Captain David enjoys sharing his passion for sportfishing and boating with the younger generation. Come join him on the nearshore waters of Highlands and have an enjoyable fishing experience you will like to go back to.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Flounder Flounder

Boat specs

Tiara (Flybridge) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 370HP Marine Power engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
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:

PayPal
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.2 / 5
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.2 / 5
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3\/4 day bottom fishing trip on June 11th
3\/4 day bottom fishing trip on June 11th
3\/4 day bottom fishing trip on June 11th
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
80%
Friendly captain
80%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
80%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Brian B.
Saylorsburg, PA
Excellent
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3/4 day bottom fishing trip on June 11th

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Bottom Fish on June 11, 2022
We had a good day. Caught a lot of fish. Caught some big cod and some big sea bass. Captain Dave was great and deck mate Anthony...
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Kevin B.
Bethlehem, PA
Excellent
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Bottom Fish on July 28, 2022
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Tim B.
Sussex, NJ
Excellent
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Half day with Captain Dave

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Custom on August 27, 2020
The fish were biting today!!! We had an excellent trip and the staff was very accommodating!!!
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Biagio T.
Morristown, NJ
Excellent
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Custom on September 6, 2020
Had a fantastic time. Dave and Anthony were great! Highly recomend
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Phillip S.
Woodland Park, NJ
Poor
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Half day with capt Dave

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on October 11, 2020
Starting off half an hour into the trip before getting far into the water, an engine and belt broke which he had no spare parts...
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FAQs about Captain Dave

Captain Dave offers the following trips to customers:
  • $895 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Custom (6 hours)
  • $895 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $895 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Fluke (6 hours)
  • $895 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Striped Bass (6 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Bottom Fish (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Dave, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Captain Dave include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Captain Dave offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Captain Dave offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Dave include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • Flounder
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Weakfish