Karen Ann Charters

Karen Ann Charters is run by Captain Vinnie Calabro who provides daily fishing trips in the so-called NY Bay, which includes Jamaica Bay, Raritan Bay, East River, Brooklyn, and Jersey. Captain Vinnie would love to have you on board whether you’re a seasoned professional, or someone who’s just getting started with the exciting world of fishing.

The boat you will be fishing on is a custom-built 38’ Holland that’s powered by a 375 HP Caterpillar engine. You will find all the necessary navigation and safety gear included, with plenty of space for up to six prospective anglers to fish in comfort. Other amenities such as a toilet, live well, and outriggers, are sure to come in handy during the trip.

Captain Vinnie specializes in inshore fishing, in waters up to some 5 miles out, but he might go further out to kite fish for Tuna if it’s in season. His usual targets include Black Seabass, Striped Bass, Bluefish and more, and there are some really big fish to be found in these waters with enough skill and luck.

Quality rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip, and the crew will clean anything you’ve caught during the trip. Vinnie also proudly provides a discount for veterans in the Wounded Warriors program, 9/11 survivors, people with disabilities, and hunting club members as well. Bring a pair of sunglasses and get ready to go after the big ones!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    There's hardly a better way to get a complete picture of these waters than by going out on a full day trip and fishing until you drop. Captain Vinnie will take you fishing for species like Black Seabass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, and possibly Tuna if the time is right. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $500
    up to 6 persons
    A quick morning trip is a great way to get the day started, and Captain Vinnie will make sure you make the most out of the time you have. You'll be fishing inshore for species like Bass, Bluefish, and Tautog. Departure times are flexible, and the price includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Fly fishermen should bring their own gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $500
    up to 6 persons
    Nothing beats a good fishing trip to end a productive day! Get out on the water with Captain Vinnie and fish for Bass, Bluefish, Tautog and whatever else lurks in the local inshore waters. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip, and the crew will clean your catch once the trip is over.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $500
    up to 6 persons
    If you have a busy morning, but would still like to go out an fish, this trip might be right up your alley. Captain Vinnie will take you inshore to fish for the likes of Black Seabass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip, and the departure times are negotiable.
  • Shared trip
    Shared Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $125
    per person
    This trip will have you fishing the inshore waters for fish such as Bass, Bluefish, Tautog and more in places like Jamaica Bay, Raritan Bay and East River. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. This is a shared trip, meaning that you will share the boat with any other people who booked the same trip.
  • Shared trip
    Shared Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Jan 31
    $125
    per person
    If you're not a huge fan of early-morning fishing, Captain Vinnie has you covered. You'll be fishing inshore for species like Bass, Bluefish, Taurog and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip, and the departure times are flexible and can be negotiated. This is a shared trip, meaning that you will share the boat with any other anglers who booked the same trip.
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About the Captain

Vinnie Calabro
Howard Beach, New York, United States
Angler's Choice
3 Fishing Reports
49 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since December 2017
For Vinnie, nothing is better than having anglers out for a great day on the water. He has been fishing the local waters for more than four decades and knows the fishery like the back of his hand. He is happy to cater to both experts and novices alike, and will be of great help if this is your first time fishing in New York.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Bluefish
Seabass (Black)
Tautog

Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Holland (Downeast) originally built in 1995. Powered by a 375HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Howard Beach to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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:
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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.68
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
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Experience
If fish are to be found, the Captain of Karen Ann Charters will find them.
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
93%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
90%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Eric P.
Ridgewood, New York
 5.00
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Amazing Second Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  November 27, 2019
Me and a friend fished with Capt. Vinnie for a second time, and as expected, it was a great time. There was good fishing, but...
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Paul C.
Rochester, NY
 5.00
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A great day with Vinnie

VERIFIED   September 30, 2019
We went out yesterday (Monday, September 30, 2019) with Captain Vinnie Calabro in a small boat - just my son and me (note here...
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Patryk B.
Ridgewood, New York
 5.00
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Phenomenal trip

VERIFIED   August 19, 2019
This trip exceeded the expectations my two friends and I have had of a best case scenario. We caught about 200+ (impossible...
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Gary A.
New York, NY
 5.00
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Morning Trip with Vinnie and Crew

VERIFIED   September 21, 2019
Vinnie and his crew were very knowledgeable of the waters and very helpful of technique. They were also very accommodating...
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Shalinder S.
New York, New York
 5.00
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Half Day with Capt. Vinny

VERIFIED   October 12, 2019
My Uncle and I had a great experience with Capt. Vinny and his first mate Roger, this past Saturday!! This was both our first...
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