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
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 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
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 15
    $750
    This quick morning adventure will take you to the inshore grounds of the Bays, where you will be targeting anything from Bass to Tautog. Fly fisherman should bring their own gear with them. The total time is 4.5 hrs dock to dock.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 15
    $750
    This trip is right up your alley if you are busy in the morning. A trophy Bass might be a great reward on those trips! You will be fishing the inshore waters and the bays for anything from Stripers to Bluefish. The total time is 4.5 hrs dock to dock.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - **Tuesday Special**
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 1 (Tue)
    $700
    This special trip is for a maximum of up to 5 anglers. Go fishing and try your hand at fishing for a mixed bag of species and test out various fishing techniques, largely bottom fishing.
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About the Captain

Vinnie Calabro
New York City, New York, United States
2 Fishing Reports
125 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 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) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Tautog Tautog

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)

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
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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
No Alcohol
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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
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Mauricio C.
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Snaggin bunker

VERIFIED   NEW  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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Branchburg, NJ
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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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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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FAQs about Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender

Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip - **Tuesday Special** (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip - 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

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)