Captain
Frank Wagenhoffer

Member since March 2018 Highlands, United States
Background
Captain Frank has been fishing Raritan Bay from the age of 10. He has been a charter boat captain for the last 19 years and has fished from Cape Cod, MA to Virginia Beach, VA on the ASA and FLW Striper Tournament trails. He is still an active tournament fisherman, most recently winning the 2017 & 2018 LBI Cup Grand Championship Award back to back and winning 7 out of 9 tournaments entered in 2018. This is a testament to his passion, skill, and ability, which he puts to work on every trip he runs. Captan Frank publishes his weekly report in The Fisherman Magazine Highlands, NJ section. In the off season Captain Frank gives seminars and “How To” work shops on fishing strategies and techniques at industry Fishing/Trade and Boat shows.
Techniques
We run top of the line Tournament Rigged performance boats like out 36’ Contender "Fish Around". We are NOT your run of the mill charter boat that runs 5 miles from the dock just to drop anchor and hope to clam up a few fish. We specialize in many different proven techniques that clearly separate us from the rest of the boats. This equates to us giving you the most memorable experience for your time spent on the water from the moment we leave the dock!

Hey, I'm Captain Frank Wagenhoffer

Highlands, United States
Background
Captain Frank has been fishing Raritan Bay from the age of 10. He has been a charter boat captain for the last 19 years and has fished from Cape Cod, MA to Virginia Beach, VA on the ASA and FLW Striper Tournament trails. He is still an active tournament fisherman, most recently winning the 2017 & 2018 LBI Cup Grand Championship Award back to back and winning 7 out of 9 tournaments entered in 2018. This is a testament to his passion, skill, and ability, which he puts to work on every trip he runs. Captan Frank publishes his weekly report in The Fisherman Magazine Highlands, NJ section. In the off season Captain Frank gives seminars and “How To” work shops on fishing strategies and techniques at industry Fishing/Trade and Boat shows.
Techniques
We run top of the line Tournament Rigged performance boats like out 36’ Contender "Fish Around". We are NOT your run of the mill charter boat that runs 5 miles from the dock just to drop anchor and hope to clam up a few fish. We specialize in many different proven techniques that clearly separate us from the rest of the boats. This equates to us giving you the most memorable experience for your time spent on the water from the moment we leave the dock!
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
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William H.
Fountainville, PA
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Afternoon Striped Bass Charter on Fin Chaser

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM) on November 18, 2021
What a day ! First off, Captain Frank and his mate Tim are the most competent team I have ever fished with. Also the most courteous....
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Hawthorne, NJ
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Another Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on November 13, 2021
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...
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Eric C.
New York, NY
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Capt. Frank is the Real Deal

VERIFIED   3/4 Day - Special (AM) Spring on April 22, 2021
I’ve been on plenty of charter boats before and I have to say Capt. Frank is hands down one of the best.  First thing he...
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Abingdon, Maryland
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Half Day PM with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM) on November 9, 2021
Great day on the water. Captain Mike and First Mate Tim made sure we caught some fish. He kept looking until he found them....
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Bill B.
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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Half day trip with Captain Frank

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on June 14, 2021
My son and brother in law joined me for a half day of fishing with Captain Frank. We had a most memorable trip as each of us...
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