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Top Fishing Charters in Atlantic Highlands

Fishing in Atlantic Highlands

With a beautiful view of the lower New York Bay, Atlantic Highlands fishing becomes one of the more interesting ways to admire the sights. This small town has a longstanding tradition of good angling and even better anglers. Whether you’re looking for the well-known party boat experience or something more private, you’ve come to the right place!

Known For

The close proximity of Sandy Hook Bay is a great boon for Atlantic Highlands fishing charters. Striped Bass fishing in the bay is great because the fish are far enough from major ship traffic to get spooked by it. Conversely, if you do decide to set into the deep blue, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. The pelagic bite is best in late summer but it involves quite a trip, so be prepared.

Inshore Fishing

Atlantic Highlands is home to no less than three highly productive locations to fish in. In no particular order, these are Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay, and the Navesink River.

Sandy Hook Bay is the closest and most accessible of the three. It’s a fantastic fishery for Striped Bass, especially in spring. The long, sandy beaches of the Bay have made it the fishery of choice for numerous surf anglers as well.

Raritan Bay is further out to the northwest and is yet another world-class location for targeting not only Striped Bass, but also Bluefish, Flounder, and more besides. Expect more anglers here in peak season because the location makes it convenient for anglers from NYC to drop by.

Navesink River is tucked in between Atlantic Highlands to the north and Fair Haven to the south. It’s a great option for those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the north and just spend a day relaxing and catching fish. Speaking of which, the river is full of Striped Bass, Weakfish, Bluefish, Flounder, and Crabs.

Offshore Fishing

Pretty much all serious offshore fishing out of Atlantic Highlands is done at the famous Hudson Canyon. While it’s home to some amazing fishing, it’s also 90 miles away from the coast, so expect a suitably long trip. When you do finally reach it, you can look forward to the likes of Mahi Mahi, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Thresher Sharks, and so much more.

Atlantic Highlands Fishing Tips

  • Fishing for local Stripers works best starting in April.Bucktail jigs are highly recommended when it comes to bait you should be using.
     
  • Overnight trips offshore allow you to fish at night as well, if you’d like. As long as you’ve got strobe lights and blinkers, of course.

Need to Know

In general, you can expect the peak fishing season to last from spring to late fall. Fly fishing in these waters can be pretty awesome, but most charters will require you to bring your own fly fishing gear.

Regulations

A licensed charter or party boat will have all the necessary licenses needed for fishing, so there’s nothing for you to worry about. If you plan on setting out on your own, be sure to buy the appropriate fishing license and also do some research about the latest size and bag limits for the fish you want.

Budget

A typical price for a half day trip inshore can vary anywhere between $500–$700 depending on what you’re looking for, while full day trips are usually in the $700–$800 range. Offshore trips, on the other hand, can run you almost $3,000 for an overnight visit to the deep blue waters.

Getting There

New Jersey Route 36 is the best option for reaching Atlantic Highlands by car. Make the switch from Route 35 at Keyport and you should be there before you know it. A great view of the Manhattan skyline paired with some world-class fishing, what’s not to like?

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Atlantic Highlands Fishing Seasons

Winter is hardly the best time to be fishing in these waters, but you can still have luck when going after Cod or Tautog for the most part.

The cold weather continues, with bottom fishing being the technique of choice for most anglers. Cod fishing should tide you over until the season starts.

March finally has the fishery showing increased activity inshore, especially when it comes to Stripers and Flounder. And it’s only gonna get better from here.

Striper season has begun and every angler worth his salt will be on the water! April is among the best times to be fishing anywhere near Atlantic Highlands.

May sees the Striped Bass craze going full speed, but that’s hardly the end of it. Bluefish, Black Seabass, and Flounder will ensure plenty of variety in these fisheries.

Summer has begun and so has offshore fishing from Atlantic Highlands. Bluefin Tuna is your best bet now, with many more soon to come.

If you’re looking to go as far and deep as possible in search of big fish, this is the time to do it. With good odds of finding Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Tuna, it doesn’t get any better than this.

August is simply a great month for fishing wherever you go. Inshore waters teem with various species, while the pelagic frenzy is going strong offshore.

This is your last chance to take part in some incredible deep sea fishing out of Atlantic Highlands. Try your hand at hooking a big Billfish or Tuna, there’s nothing else like it.

Offshore fishing might have subsided by now, but the good news is that Stripers are back in town! You might also want to try and go after some Mahi Mahi and Kingfish if you’re feeling lucky.

November sees winter settling in for the next couple of months, with Striped Bass fishing usually being one of the main activities in the local fisheries.

It’s too cold to try anything offshore now, it’ll have to wait until next year. In the meantime, why not try your hand at bottom fishing for some delicious Cod?

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What People Are Saying About Atlantic Highlands

"Half day trip on westwinf"

Hal (. Y. fished with Westwind Charter Fishing on October 29, 2016

Book the west wind and Capt Mike and you will have a great time

"Striper trip on the Westwind"

Chris G. fished with Westwind Charter Fishing on June 3, 2016

Don't bring anything but food and drinks. Westwind staff will handle the rest

Top Targeted Species in Atlantic Highlands

Seabass (Black)

Bass (Striped)

Bluefish

Flounder

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