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. The vessel features 3 GPS, radar, VHS, life rafts, installed fish holes, galley, toilet, heated cabin, and state-of-the-art electronics. It’s an affordable, spacious boat with both inshore and offshore capability.

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 custom rods, reels, bait, 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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 15
    $950
    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
    Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,500
    A full day inshore trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip Tuna/Shark
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $2,800
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About the Captain

Vinnie Calabro
New York City, New York, United States
2 Fishing Reports
153 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since December 2017
For Captain Vinnie, nothing beats taking anglers out for an enjoyable day on the water. He has been fishing the local waters for over 40 years and knows the fishery inside out. He is happy to cater to both beginners and experts alike and will be of great help if this is your first time fishing in New York.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Tautog Tautog

Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Custom, Penn, Shimano, Daiwa
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in New York City to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid any additional costs or unnecessary hassle with carrying cash.

No additional fees.
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
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 53 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
95%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
78%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
95%
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James R.
Queens, New York
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Candice M.
Port Washington, NY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great day

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 17, 2021
Surprised my husband with a day of fishing for his birthday and it was a great day!  Captain Vinnie and Roger taught us so...
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Joe R.
New York, New York
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fathers Day fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2021
Great day out on the water celebrating Father’s Day. Capt. Vinnie knew all the spots and we all enjoyed ourselves.
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Michael S.
The Bronx, New York
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 26, 2021
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Jeffrey J.
Brooklyn, New York
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 7, 2021
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FAQs about Karen Ann Charters

Karen Ann Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $950 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Inshore (8 hours)
  • $2,800 per group - Full Day Trip Tuna/Shark (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Karen Ann Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Karen Ann Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom, Penn, Shimano, Daiwa)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Karen Ann Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Karen Ann Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Karen Ann Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tautog
  • Tuna (Bluefin)