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!

My Charter Listings

Fin Chaser Charters– Highlands

4 reviews
Highlands
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trips from $700

Fin Chaser Charters– Point Pleasant

5 reviews
Point Pleasant Beach
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trips from $750

Fin Chaser Charters – Manhattan

1 review
New York
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trips from $1,200

Fin Chaser Charters - Point Pleasant 26'

2 reviews
Point Pleasant Beach
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trips from $700

Fishing Reports

The Hunt

November 09, 2019

Plugging bass shorts to keeper size out of the inlet. Fun but not our target. Then went on the hunt for tuna well into the mud hole. Life no tuna. So out went on can of chum, one hour… Read Full Report →


Fall run is on!!

November 08, 2019

Good day yesterday morning for Richard and the boys. Enjoying many top water catch and release fish all about 26” and these 4 take home fish releasing a few other keepers. Its good fishing. Read Full Report →


YFT & Swords

October 20, 2019

Great Fall rip to the Hudson. Yellowfin, Mahi and an incredible Swordfish bite. Read Full Report →


Its just starting

October 01, 2019

Fin Chaser Charters enjoyed a beautiful afternoon trip with Anthony Downey and his clients catching a nice limit for the 6 man group. Had as many tagged releases. Fishing is excellent and should only get better into November. Read Full Report →


Yellowfin Mania

July 03, 2019

Todd and boys had yellowfin trip to remember. Read Full Report →


Bigeye, BFT & YFT!

June 28, 2019

Banner day for these guys. 4 bluefin tuna with a 100# over, 6 yellowfin an 4 Bigeye to 175#. Read Full Report →


BFT 6/1/19

June 02, 2019

Personal best for Jim Hall Read Full Report →


BFT 5/30/19

May 31, 2019

Over and unders Read Full Report →


Aaron Ford Family

May 27, 2019

The Ford family never fished before and could not have picked a better day of sun, fun & fish. Was happy Fin Charser Charters could show them the ropes. Read Full Report →


Holiday week fun.

April 22, 2019

Bit of a late start today, but Robert and Michael Sampson down the Jersey shore this week for the holiday got theirs jig and troll to 28#. Read Full Report →


Sneek Peek

April 08, 2019

Sneak Peek. Big ocean fish. Report later. You should be booking now!!!!!!! Read Full Report →


Tog Play

December 30, 2018

Cold November Morning.

November 23, 2018

We had a late start as the Brielle RR Bridge was frozen and it was an hour of waiting. Anyhow, Teddy and his crew got theirs today despite the delay and cold Temps. Read Full Report →


Albie Mania

October 25, 2018

Anothe day of over 100 fish. Non stop. Read Full Report →


Good Fishing!

October 02, 2018

Another nice day on the water of bass blues and Weakfish. Rest of the week Is beautiful. Call for your day on the water. Capt. Frank Read Full Report →


Bass/Weakfish Fire

September 23, 2018

Today was another Stripe Bass limit with releases. We also celebrated a couple of firsts on the boat. First Bass and First Weakfish for Mike Moores and the weakfish was a stud! They kept two and Release several more.… Read Full Report →


Birthday Bass

September 22, 2018

Left the dock at 7:30am missed the early bite. But It made no difference. These two had their keeper unders and we pulled an over out of the mix releasing another 5. Great day. It’s been non stop for… Read Full Report →


Stripers, Weakfish

September 19, 2018

Bass, Blues and Weakfish. Raritan Bay Slam! Read Full Report →


Tough but got em’

September 12, 2018

Was a struggle for keeper bass today. We had a bunch of shorts on top water plugs and finally with tide change got a couple for the box. Read Full Report →


First Stripers of Fall

September 07, 2018

Chuck Piaro party enjoyed the first stripers of Fall. They had over a dozen fish. Book your trip now! Read Full Report →


Yellowfin Insanity 2

September 05, 2018

Yesterday was good! Today was insane fishing. Pulled in at 8:08am fish on at 8:10am. Boated 21 yellowfin by 12:30 to 50# class and left em biting at 1pm. We won’t mention all the other releases Albie’s, missed fish,… Read Full Report →


YFT insanity

September 04, 2018

Great day for yesterdays Cancelation responders. YFT all jig, pop and chunk. O and a blue Marlin on a Ron Z jig. Let us know if you want to get in on this great fishing. Both boats out again… Read Full Report →


Mahi Maddness

September 02, 2018

It doesent get any better or easier. 100 fish and the weafher is great out to thursday. Read Full Report →


BFT

August 30, 2018

Both Fin Chaser boats out yesterday. Ocean didn’t lay down till well after noon. Both had limits of BFT to 100#. On Capt. Frank Wags 36 Contender. We had Laura Cohen with her first tuna that was a sold… Read Full Report →


Celebrity Chef NYC InShore.

August 29, 2018

Celebrity Chef Kerry Heffernan of the “Grand Banks” restaurant boats was out for a little sustainable reef fishing with friends and guests Steve and Diane. Wonderful fishing with beautiful weather. Read Full Report →


Fluke Limit

August 19, 2018

Nice Fluke to over 6# for Mile and the boys. Read Full Report →


First Yellow Fin

July 20, 2018

Got John his first yellow fin. Read Full Report →


Tuna Kick Off

June 30, 2018

First tuna trip on the 36 Contender for CM Reilly Construction, David Moores and Ryan DeGraw did not disappoint. 12 Yellow Fin Tuna to 65#. We also had BFT action on the way in on the spinning gear. We… Read Full Report →


Plug em’

June 16, 2018

Mike and friends plugged 6 fish today and had abother 3 on bait taking home a limit of unders for the table. Read Full Report →


NYC PM Tip with Tom

June 13, 2018

Tom and the boys enjoyed a calm evening out of NYC limits last night. Boating a limit of fish and several more releasing all of them for others to enjoy. Good job! Read Full Report →


HI-MAR Striper tournament Winner

June 02, 2018

Congratulations to Fin Chaser Charters and Kettle Creek Outfitters. Winning the HI-MAR Striper tournament. Job well done. Read Full Report →


NYC Back to Back

May 31, 2018

Charlie Seaman was back at it Thursday night with a new group out of NYC pier 25 and it was lights out fishing from start to finish despite the fog. Read Full Report →


Bay Boys

May 31, 2018

Thursday AM trip for Jason and Nick was slow at first as we went outside looking for big donkey fish. We came back up to the bay and found what we were looking for. Nice job Boys. Read Full Report →


Charlie Seaman Group Day 1.

May 30, 2018

Charlie Seaman and his group made this Video last night after a quick 8 bass pick leaving out of beautiful NYC Pier 25. Capt. Frank. Read Full Report →


Wells Fargo Party

May 29, 2018

Wells Fargo NYC crew Lorne, Eric, Andrew, Jeff and Alex had a great PM trip out of Pier 25 NYC caught a limit of fish. Read Full Report →


52 Pound Striper.

May 26, 2018

Fin Chaser Charters WON the LBI Striper Cup with this 52# monster. We had in addition a 40# and a 38# Striped Bass. Thank You to my crew the best in the business. Capt. Frank Read Full Report →


52 Pound Striper Bass

May 26, 2018

Fin Chaser Charters WON the LBI Striper Cup with this 52# monster. We had in addition a 40# and a 38# Striped Bass. Thank You to my crew the best in the business. Capt. Frank Read Full Report →


52# Striped Bass

May 26, 2018

Fin Chaser Charters WON the LBI Striper Cup with this 52# monster. We had in addition a 40# and a 38# Striped Bass. Thank You to my crew the best in the business. Capt. Frank Read Full Report →


Big Fish Video

May 24, 2018

Video clip of this mornings 48# Striper meeting the Net for a quick pic and release. Read Full Report →


Big Fish

May 24, 2018

Great AM bite with Bud Luzzi and John Cuazo under’s in the bay and well just say overs in the ocean. 28, 40 & 48# Read Full Report →


Quick afternoon troll

May 21, 2018

Quick troll this beautiful afternoon out of Manasquan on the Regulator. Call for booking out of Twin Lights Marina in the Highlands or Captain Bills Landing on Manasquan Inlet. Read Full Report →


Aquarium of bass

May 20, 2018

This morning was an aquarium of bass. They were however picky throughout the day with a limit for John Eric and the boys and a few gator blues. Read Full Report →


Windy Afternoon

May 18, 2018

Went out for PM trip and well it was windy as hell and rough but managed to get the bait a mix of bass and blues. Read Full Report →


Ocean Trophy

May 17, 2018

Took Chris from CM Reilly Construction out yesterday looking for Trophy ocean bass. It worked out well. Read Full Report →


4/29/18

April 29, 2018

Striper fishing Raritan Bay could not have been better this week. Every trip AM or PM was an easy limit. See our weekly repot in The Fisherman Magazine. Read Full Report →


4/22/18

April 22, 2018

Manhattan Trips have started off with a bang. Fernando with his first Striper and the fish are showing up more each day.. It has officially begun. Book your trip ASAP as we will book up. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Stripers...OCT 2019
40 Lbs each..Stripers...OCT 2019
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Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Al P.
Paterson, NJ
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Fishing Trip with Capt Frank, Fin Chaser Charters

VERIFIED   October 26, 2019
Captain Frank and his 1st Mate Anthony, is what made this whole fishing trip well worth it.  Best customer service I have...
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Aaron F.
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Half Day with Capt. Frank

VERIFIED   May 26, 2019
I took my family of four (me, my wife and two college age kids) with Capt. Frank and 1st Mate Jason for a pm charter on a warm...
Aaron F. recommends Fin Chaser Charters– Highlands
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Warwick, New York
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Half day trip with captain mike and captain Anthony

VERIFIED   July 13, 2019
Absolutely great trip for the kids! Boat was clean and professional, and the captains were awesome with the kids. They took...
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Emily A.
Montclair, NJ
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VERIFIED   June 30, 2019
Had a great day out fluke fishing with captain frank. Frank and his mate were great with my senior dad and ensured the day...
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Morristown, NJ
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