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
    $900
    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
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 15
    $750
    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
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 15
    $750
    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.
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About the Captain

Vinnie Calabro
New York City, New York, United States
2 Fishing Reports
125 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.

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Targeted Species

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

Tuna (Bluefin) 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
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

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

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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Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
92%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 10, 2020
This was our 2nd time out with Capt Vinnie and his mate, Roger. The first time was out of Sheepshead Bay in late August and...
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VERIFIED   September 5, 2020
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Forest Hills, NY
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Half day trip with Captain Vinnie and Roger

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 24, 2020
Had an excellent trip with Captain Vinnie and first mate Roger aboard Karen Ann Charters. He’s been fishing these waters...
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New York, New York
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VERIFIED   Shared Trip (AM) on November 24, 2020
Had a great day on the water with Captain Vinnie and crew. They put you on the fish, period. They have a great selection...
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Lawrence, NY
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Half day morning trip with Capt. Vinnie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 7, 2020
Even though not a lot of fish caught because of weather it was still an awesome day on the water can’t wait to go back out...
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FAQs about Karen Ann Charters

Karen Ann Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day Trip (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)