Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender

Karen Ann Charters invites you to explore the ‘NY Bay’ of Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn, Jersey, Raritan Bay, and East River. Join Captain Vinnie aboard his 32’ Contender and enjoy what he calls as ‘no-nonsense fishing!’

Spend your day inshore fishing for Striped Bass and other seasonal species including Black Seabass, Tautog, and Bluefish. Head a bit further out for Bluefin Tuna when the season allows or explore the skinny water.

Karen Ann Charters welcomes anyone from complete beginners to stained anglers. Capt. Vinnie provides a discount for veterans in the Wounded Warriors program, people with disabilities, hunting club members, and 9/11 survivors.

The 32’ Contender center console you’ll be fishing on was built in 2000 and comes powered by twin 600 HP Yamaha engines. She can cruise at a top speed of 35 knots to get you to the fishing grounds fast.

The boat is a ‘state of the art’ fishing machine. It features 2 Garmin GPS’s, radar, VHS, sonar, portable potty. From light tackle buffs to fly rods, she has it all.

All trips come with quality reels by Penn, Shimano, and Daiwa, along with custom tackle. The packages are all-inclusive. You will only need to bring your own food and drinks with you.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $750
    A 6-hour trip that starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 15
    $1,000
    This offshore trip is for a maximum of 5 anglers. You will be fishing for Tuna when the conditions allow. You can concentrate on those monsters only or head for a healthy dose of Bluefish, Bass, and Tautog.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,500
    An inshore trip for Shark and Tuna.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,500
    An offshore tip chasing Tuna and Shark.
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About the Captain

Vinnie Calabro
New York City, New York, United States
2 Fishing Reports
168 Customer reviews
Response time within an 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

Boat specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 600HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore 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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Custom, Penn, Shimano, Daiwa
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra 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
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 36 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (25)
Fantastic trip
Snaggin bunker
Snaggin bunker
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Boris G.
Staten Island, New York
Excellent
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Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 25, 2022
Been on fishing on June,25 with my family. Had a really great time. Many thanks to team. Even my 9 years old grandson got two...
Boris G. recommends Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender
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Javier G.
Gainesville, GA
Excellent
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Fantastic trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Offshore on May 21, 2022
We had a fantastic fishing trip with Captain Vinnie.  Caught some great fish and would recommend the trip to everyone.
Javier G. recommends Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender
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Tarek A.
Branchburg, NJ
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome Half-Day of Striper Fishing

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on November 8, 2020
The afternoon’s are not usually the best time for catching striped bass, but Captain Vinnie is your best bet to have a chance...
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Tarek A.
Branchburg, NJ
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great Half day trip with Captain Vinnie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 4, 2020
My four boys and I had a great time fishing with Captain Vinnie.  We caught ~ 22 Bluefish and a couple of stripers.  None...
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Mauricio C.
Brooklyn, New York
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Snaggin bunker

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 13, 2021
3/4 day out in the bay chasing schools of bunker. The bite was very steady early in the morning and once I grasp the...
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FAQs about Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender

Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip - Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Inshore (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip – Tuna/Shark Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom, Penn, Shimano, Daiwa)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender 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 – 32' Contender include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tautog
  • Tuna (Bluefin)