Atlantic Highlands

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Atlantic Highlands: 13 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Atlantic Highlands

According to customer reviews, Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly, Chasin' Tail Sportfishing Charters, and Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Atlantic Highlands. Full list of top fishing charters in Atlantic Highlands.

The average price for a private 4 hour Atlantic Highlands fishing trip is $593, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $915 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly, Chasin' Tail Sportfishing Charters, and Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Atlantic Highlands.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Flounder, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include Jigging, Light Tackle, and Trolling. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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?

Atlantic Highlands
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January

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.

February

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

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.

April

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

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.

June

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

July

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

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.

September

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.

October

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

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.

December

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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There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
JR  M.
JR M.
I definitely recommend going out early to beat the rush, and booking with Hook and Fin Fishing charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I definitely recommend going out early to beat the rush, and booking with Hook and Fin Fishing charters.
Christina  M.
Christina M. Hazlet, NJ
Don't bring anything but food and drinks. Westwind staff will handle the rest
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't bring anything but food and drinks. Westwind staff will handle the rest
Chris  G.
Chris G. Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
What an amazing day with captain Tim and Rob! Full of laughs and non-stop action. Got some bonita, blue fish, porgy, mackerel and even an eel.
Alberto  G.
Alberto G. Dobbs Ferry, NY
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Great weather, catches many difference fish, good experience fishing trip on Labor day! Thanks Captain Tim & crew.
Evan  H.
Evan H. Jamesburg, NJ
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We enjoyed our fishing trip with the guys. They knew where to get the fish and made it a memorable experience for my girls. We saw dolphins and a glimpse of a whale as well. An AMAZING day for good times on the water
Marc  R.  T.
Marc R. T. Brooklyn, New York
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Booked the trip for sons 12 th birthday. He loves to fish and this was his first saltwater trip. Captain Tim and First mate Rob are fantastic! Five iof us went on a beautiful day, all of us caught fish constantly. Tons of big seabass. Some mackerel, flounder, porgie, and trigger fish. Captain Tom was easy to get in touch with from the beginning. Highly recommend.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K. Sparta Township, NJ
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
8/13/23 - Captain Tim took us out in the AM - crushed it on Black Sea bass...and an 4ft eel. Saw a 6ft Thresher rise which we caught as well!! My kids and I have always wanted to go shark fishing or catch a shark. Did it today with Captain Tim. Unforgettable!
Edward  R.
Edward R. Brooklyn, New York
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Tim was so great and super helpful. My whole family had an amazing time! So many fish!! Would only come back to them for the next time around.
Richard  N.
Richard N. Yorktown Heights, NY
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Capt Karl was top notch throughout the entire day! Perfect weather Sea Bass and Fluke were running hard and we had a blast!
Christopher  H.
Christopher H. Mount Wolf, PA
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Absolutely fantastic! Just myself and two kids, caught loads of black sea bass, fluke and a small bluefish. Watched wales and bluefish feeding on schools of bait fish at the surface, and the crew kept an eye on my kids for sea sickness and knew exactly how and when to distract them so it never set in. Came home with fresh fillets on ice and had a giant fish fry. Best four hours I can remember, zero problems and my kids had a blast. Highly recommended!
Joseph  C.
Joseph C. Red Bank, NJ
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We had a wonderful half day trip with Captain Tim! He was very thoughtful accommodating our young children: called us the evening before, rearranged trip time for better sea conditions, anchored three different locations for catches including open ocean spot, and gutted harvest for us as well! Can’t say enough good of him, highly recommended! Benny
Benny  Z.
Benny Z. Basking Ridge, New Jersey
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Captain Karl was a very nice and professional guide. Unfortunately we did not land the flounder we were hoping for (we caught some, but were undersized and had to put them back). However, we were fortunate to land bluefish, porgie and tons of black sea bass. Highlands is a very nice town (I prefer it over Long Island). Has a lovely beach, church and various seafood options (although they can be expensive). Definitely recommend for a weekend get away for anyone in the New York metropolitan area.
JR  M.
JR M.
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Had the best time! Caught so many fish we all lost count. Tim was a perfect gentleman. Definitely highly recommend Tim
JAMES  G.
JAMES G. East Hanover, NJ
Hook & Fin Fishing Charters
Hook & Fin Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Cap’n Steve did a great job of adjusting for the conditions and we got out to catch flukes, sea bass, and a sea robin, a first for us! Thanks again! John. B. And Steve. N
John  B.
John B.
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We had a great time today fishing with captain, Tim, and first mate Rob. They took us to numerous fishing spots to make sure we all caught fish. I would definitely book another trip with captain Tim.
Chris  F.
Chris F. Palmerton, PA
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Great captain and boat. Works hard to get u on the fish. And super patient with my 11 year old son.
William  Z.
William Z. Warren, NJ
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
My dad used to fish for flounder when he was a teenager, so for Father’s Day, I surprised him with this fishing trip :) We truly had the best time. Captain Karl is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I haven’t fished too many times, so his guidance was extremely appreciated. With his help, I was catching fish left and right! After we left, my dad said it was the “perfect day,” and I think that sums everything up pretty perfectly :) Thank you so much Captain!!!
Adriana  N.
Adriana N. Doylestown, PA
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
First time experience for 4 kids 12 years and under… Tim and his crew are the exact kind of guys you want with you showing you the ropes. Cool, calm and collected.... that’s the kind of captain you need. We had a great time and will definitely do it again !
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. River Edge, NJ
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Gerry and Tim were excellent. Had us on fish from 1st line I. Water, highly recommend and will use again.
Jim  S.
Jim S. Blauvelt, NY
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
I recently had the pleasure of embarking on a fishing trip with my family, spanning three generations, and I cannot express enough how amazing our experience was with Captains Tim and Rob. These two individuals exemplified the true spirit of kindness, professionalism, and passion for fishing, creating an unforgettable adventure that brought our entire family closer together
Anna  K.
Anna K.
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Highlands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
What a great 4th of July. Beautiful weather lots of fish. The best day ever.
Betty  S.
Betty S.
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Sandy Hook Charters – Fast & Family-friendly
Fishing charter in Middletown Township
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
My wife and kids booked a trip for me as a Father's Day gift. What a great gift idea!! We had such an awesome time. These guys know exactly where the fish are biting. The reels were busy as the fish kept coming aboard. The guys are extremely friendly and provide a great family friendly environment. Can't wait to book our next trip with them!
Susan  B.
Susan B. Bound Brook, New Jersey