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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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Aaron F. fished with Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Highlands on May 26, 2019
I'm a beginner and could on say the fishing was good.

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