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Looking towards Sandy Hook National Park one way and NYC’s skyline the other, Highlands is in one of New Jersey’s prime spots. You’ll even have the advantage of the highest natural elevation from Maine to Mexico as a vantage point! With the bay on your doorstep and the Atlantic just beyond the spit, there are plenty of fishing charters in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands itself, giving you the chance to indulge in some top-quality angling too. 

What to Expect

The maritime industry has been a key part of the local economy since colonial times. It remains so today for both commercial and recreational purposes. There’s something for everyone, from the shallow bays to the deep waters. So hop aboard an Atlantic Highlands fishing charter and see for yourself.
 

Inshore Fishing

One of NJ’s best-kept secrets, the Raritan Bay is a haven for anglers all year. Less popular than the Intracoastal Waterway to the south, it’s actually just as productive! Full of delicious creatures, from Flounder to Seabass, Tautog to Striped Bass, and many more, you can expect an exciting day, testing your fishing skills to fill the boat.
 
As the towns of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are on the bay itself, you’ll cast your rod within seconds of leaving the shore. Beginners and experts alike are welcome on these calm waters to experience the thrill of bottom fishing first-hand. Spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day, going after a specific target or a range of species.
 

Offshore Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts from all over the country flock to the East Coast for its offshore angling options, and the Highlands region is no different. During summer, charters will take you to the deep waters up to 100 miles offshore as you go after some of the biggest creatures out there. 
 
These trips are a test of endurance, as you’ll need at least 10 hours – if not a couple of days – on the water to get to the canyons or continental shelf. When you get there, it’s all about patience and strength. Troll to entice the bite of monster Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, and many more, and get ready for the fight of a lifetime to hook ‘em aboard. 

How to Prepare

You’ll have all the latest rods and reels, and plenty of bait or lures for a productive day out aboard a Highlands or Atlantic Highlands fishing charter. The captain’s license even covers you, so there’s not much for you to worry about! 
 
All you need to do is dress appropriately – beware of the weather in winter – and bring plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you refreshed and energized, and away you go.
 
What are you waiting for? With the chance to go fishing year-round, why not make Highlands, NJ, your next fishing destination?
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January
While there may not be many boats on the water, you can still start the year with a bit of fishing, as the bay is full of delicious fish. Combine it with a trip to the historic town of Highlands and learn something new.
February
The season hasn’t quite got going yet, but there are still some fish to target in the Raritan Bay. Land something delicious to take back to shore, but don’t miss out on the award-winning restaurants while in town.
March
It’s finally time to get out on the water, as spring brings with it plenty of new opportunities. Head out to the Bay for the pick of the fishing, as Winter Fluke and Striped Bass start making an appearance. 
April
Now that’s more like it! The bay fishing season really hits its stride in April as Flukes and Stripers fill the water, giving you the chance to put your angling skills to the test once more to fill the boat.
May
Bluefish and Seabass join the inshore party, giving you more bang for your buck inshore, while Bonito and Sharks start to come a little closer to the coast, giving you the chance to go beyond Sandy Hook. 
June
It’s a question of where, not when, as June gives you the option of going offshore after some monster fish. Bluefin Tuna is the most common catch, with White Marlin creeping up behind, so get ready for a workout!
July
Offshore fishing reigns supreme in July again, as Marlin and Mahi Mahi are the name of the game. Make the most of the good weather and excellent fishing and spend over 10 hours on the water going after prized fish.
August
The beaches are crowded with people and the water with delicious fish. Hit the bay for Scup, Weakfish, Flounder, and Bluefish, or head offshore for Marlin, Sharks, and more, in the best month for fishing. 
September
As summer vacation draws to a close, the fish are none the wiser. Get out on the water when it’s not as crowded and make the most of the incredible fishing, with plenty to choose from inshore and offshore.
October
With fall drawing in, it’s time to head back inshore. While the pelagics may be gone, there’s still plenty of Tautog, Flounder, Scup, Bluefish, Seabass, and Stripers to go after for a warming treat to take home. 
November
You’ll sense the season coming to an end in Highlands in November. Fewer charters make their way to sea, but there’s still plenty of angling left. Go after monster Stripers and tasty Tautog and you won’t be disappointed. 
December
Settle in for the holidays and enjoy Highlands’ other options for entertainment, as you pay a visit to the Victorian old town, the delicious seafood restaurants, all before getting ready for a new year of fishing. 

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Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
This is the second year in a row we used Fin Chasers and we caught a ton of fish on both trips. Captain Frank knows what he is doing. We went the day after some windy and rainy weather and thought this could affect the fishing, but we crushed them anyway. We will be making annual striper trips with Fin Chasers.
Dan  D.
Dan D. Hawthorne, NJ
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fishing charter in Highlands
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Great day on the water. Captain Mike and First Mate Tim made sure we caught some fish. He kept looking until he found them. Also picked us up at the dock in Staten Island since that was where we would be fishing and where we were coming from. Truly a great experience for 3 generations on the boat fisihing.
James  H.
James H. Abingdon, Maryland
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
This was an excellent trip! We all left with keepers!! Great equipment and company! Highly recommend, the Captain and crew make you feel at home on board their beautiful boat!! Could not have been happier!!!
Clarissa  M.
Clarissa M. East Brunswick, New Jersey
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Captain Sean and his Mate Chris were great, very knowledgeable of the ocean and where to find the fish. Unfortunately the timing of our trip after the last major storm made the waters harder to catch fish. None the less we still had a great time, and look forward to trying our luck next year. Thanks guys for a memorable fishing trip.
Jason  L.
Jason L. Bayonne, NJ
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
My son (15 years old) and I had an AMAZING time today with Captain Carl. We highly recommend him. He is so knowledgeable and patient and we caught a ton of fish today. We want to plan another trip as soon as we can. Thank you for a great day!
Jack  P.
Jack P. Kiryas Joel, NY
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
We had a great time with Captain Karl. The weather did not play fair for us but that didn’t ruin our day. We caught some bluefish and flukes though unfortunately no flukes big enough to keep (just). Was a great day and would thoroughly recommend it.
Mark  H.
Mark H. New Hope, PA
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Great trip the captain and mate were very helpful clean boat we will definitely book again. I highly recommended the warden
Harold  B.
Harold B. Effort, PA
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
This was my third time out with capt Sean and mate Chris this year…another solid day of action and excellence. I’ll be booking another trip for November stripers (and maybe one more summer fluke trip…lol). Call them up and go fishing….they are awesome!!!!
Joe  S.
Joe S. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
This was a belated fathers days present. Had a great time. Pulled a lot of fish up. Will be booking again.
Frank  B.
Frank B. Wallington, NJ
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Had a great time out on the water fishing. Everyone caught fish. thats right even my 3 year old grandson and 6 year old. Our party of six will be back and fish next year. the captain shawn and mate chris were on there game. we all had fish for dinner.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Carteret, NJ
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
My girlfriend and I had a great experience with Captain Karl! Sunday afternoon trip was great and brought home some fish! Very friendly and knowledgeable! Very satisfied and will be going on another one.
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Schenectady, New York
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
My son and I wanted to go fishing and decided to try a charter as opposed to party boats. Gear on boat is all in great condition, Karl knows where to fish and explains the area your fishing in to understand where the fish are. Gives clear guidance and made the trip very enjoyable. While we did not catch any doormats, we caught quite a bit of fluke to make the day a lot of fun. Definitely would go back.
Kevin  K.
Kevin K. St Louis, Missouri
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Captain snd Mate did a great job - On a tough day we were able to all catch lots of fish with keepers! Boat is new and everything is in great shape. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a trip what’s your buddies
David  P.
David P. Wayne, NJ
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
My son Sean and I had a great half day on the water with Captain Karl. Great captain and great guy - highly recommended!
Tim  R.
Tim R. Morristown, NJ
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
We had the perfect combination of weather and conditions for our half day afternoon fishing trip with Captain Sean. We started with a “fish on all rods” situation, and it continued that way for a while, before slowing down a little as the afternoon progressed. We had a great time, and Sean and first mate Chris made sure we were always fishing. The boat is roomy enough to cater for 4-6 people which meant that our party of three had ample space.
Tom  Q.
Tom Q. Fair Haven, NJ
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Great, comfortable vessel...top notch Captain Sean and mate Chris!!! Extremely hard working team, knowledgeable, and gets you on the fish. This was my second trip in three weeks and I’ll be back for more!!!!! Go fish with the warden if you want an amazing time!!!
Joe  S.
Joe S. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Had a great experience with captain Frank. His mate and him were great! They found us the fish we needed and make sure we had the gear we needed to get them on the boat! Overall it was a great experience
Jimmy  L.
Jimmy L. Hardwick Township, NJ
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fishing charter in Highlands
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Frank is a no nonsense captain who will tell it straight but still with a friendly attitude. we got on fish first thing in the morning and everyone on board managed to land one with little to no experience. The captain helped you through how to use the gear and explained clearly what was going on. Would recommend
DANIEL  A.
DANIEL A. Scotch Plains, NJ
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Had a great trip with Captain Frank and Mike! Great guys! Caught fish...had laughs and learned a lot. Looking forward to our next trip with them!
Stacey  Q.
Stacey Q. Trappe, PA
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
My brother in-law and I had the pleasure of being Captain Carl’s guests today and I must say he’s very knowledgeable and welcoming! He got us on the the fish within the first half hour. I would highly recommend him!!
Munib  A.
Munib A. South Plainfield, NJ

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Highlands

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Highlands costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $665, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $801. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Highlands is 32 ft and the most common vessel type is a Downeast.

According to customer reviews, Warden Sportfishing Charters, Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands, and PrimeTime Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Highlands, New Jersey. Full list of top fishing charters in Highlands.

Warden Sportfishing Charters, Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands, and PrimeTime Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Highlands.

The best way to experience fishing in Highlands is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Highlands, New Jersey.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Bluefish, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and jigging. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Settle in for the holidays and enjoy Highlands’ other options for entertainment, as you pay a visit to the Victorian old town, the delicious seafood restaurants, all before getting ready for a new year of fishing.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Highlands.

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