New Jersey Deep Sea Fishing Charters

New Jersey Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in New Jersey

Deep Sea Fishing in New Jersey

If you’ve never tried the deep sea fishing NJ has access to, we can sum it up in two words: fast and furious. New Jersey’s bluewater season only lasts a few months but when it’s good, it’s really good. Blue and White Marlin keep even the most skilled sportfishers locked into their fighting chairs, while monster Blue and Mako Sharks put heavy tackle to the test. 
 
But the most famous fish in the area have to be Tuna. Bluefin, Yellowfin, Bigeye, Albacore – they’re all here and they’re looking for a fight. Throw in a few Swordfish lurking in the deep, and you have one of the toughest and tastiest lineups imaginable.

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

New Jersey’s best big game action takes place out at the canyons, some 80 miles offshore. These deep-water trenches take a while to get to, but you can count on a full cast of Tuna, Sharks, and Marlin when you get there. The Hudson Canyon is the go-to spot in North Jersey, while the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons cater to towns further south. 
 
You don’t have to travel that far for to find great fishing, though. The New York Bight holds Bluefin Tuna in just 60-90 feet of water in the fall. Makos don’t come quite as close, but can be found in the deeper Bight waters along the path of the Hudson River. This means you could be hooked on 500-pound fish within an hour of leaving the dock in Point Pleasant or Highlands.
 
The long runs are less avoidable in southern towns like Brigantine and Atlantic City. Twelve-hour trips are the minimum here, and overnight charters are common. The upside of fishing in South Jersey is you won’t have to compete with every angler in the greater NYC area. It’s all down to how much time you have.

Fishing Techniques

Trolling is the main way of catching Marlin in New Jersey. You can work your way through huge changes in depth by zig-zagging across the canyons. This makes them perfect trolling territory. You’ll need serious heavy trolling rods to target Blue Marlin, but switching down to lighter gear (somewhere in the 50-pound range) will let you target Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and White Marlin all at once.
 
Marlin aside, most guides pack up their trolling gear once the waters get warm and start chunking instead. Mackerel and Herring work well for Tuna, while Bluefish are the go-to Shark bait thanks to their famously-strong scent. Whatever you’re going after, the first step is to chum the water to alert nearby hunters. Once you start throwing baits in, every fish for miles around will want to find out what’s happening.
 
However you fish, you’re in for an awesome time. New Jersey has some of the biggest fish and most experienced captains in the country. So next time you’re planning your summer vacation, remember that there’s more to the Garden State than boardwalks, beaches, and Jersey Shore.
New Jersey
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,999 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in New Jersey

Contact your captain and see what he recommends you bring and take if you experience sea sickness. Use sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact your captain and see what he recommends you bring and take if you experience sea sickness. Use sunscreen.
Mod Squad Charters
Mod Squad Charters
Great captain. Very patient with my son and very knowledgeable on all matters that involve fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great captain. Very patient with my son and very knowledgeable on all matters that involve fishing.
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
This experience was perfect for first timers and novelists. They took great care of everyone and helped out everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This experience was perfect for first timers and novelists. They took great care of everyone and helped out everyone.
Miss Chris Fishing
Miss Chris Fishing
Depending upon the time of year, the fishing can be good or just so-so. You have to just enjoy the experience of being out there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depending upon the time of year, the fishing can be good or just so-so. You have to just enjoy the experience of being out there.
Mighty Heron Charters – Let's Go!
Mighty Heron Charters – Let's Go!
Great fishing trip ! great boat! great captain ! Sign up before captain Allen is booked for the season .ONE of my top fishing experiences to date Will be back to to tuna fish in fall. Thanks again Capt allen
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing trip ! great boat! great captain ! Sign up before captain Allen is booked for the season .ONE of my top fishing experiences to date Will be back to to tuna fish in fall. Thanks again Capt allen
Shoot'em Sportfishing Charters *All Species*
Shoot'em Sportfishing Charters *All Species*
If you're by yourself this is an excellent opportunity to hire in inexpensive and knowledgeable captain that can fish to your skill level
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're by yourself this is an excellent opportunity to hire in inexpensive and knowledgeable captain that can fish to your skill level
Logos Guide Service
Logos Guide Service
Expect a great time! He’s a great Capt with a lot of good stories and he’s very relatable!! A genuine person!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect a great time! He’s a great Capt with a lot of good stories and he’s very relatable!! A genuine person!
Water Dog Charters
Water Dog Charters
Wasn’t as chilly a start as previous weekend, check the forecast before booking for early May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wasn’t as chilly a start as previous weekend, check the forecast before booking for early May
Sligo Sportfishing – Sligo II
Sligo Sportfishing – Sligo II
Don’t sweat the weather forecast until the day of the trip. We were supposed to Gombe rained and blown out and it turned out to be beautiful other then some clouds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t sweat the weather forecast until the day of the trip. We were supposed to Gombe rained and blown out and it turned out to be beautiful other then some clouds
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Avoid having a full stomach, the motion of the boat at sea can make you feel poorly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Avoid having a full stomach, the motion of the boat at sea can make you feel poorly.
Blu Flu Sportfishing
Blu Flu Sportfishing
Make sure to get a patch or something if you’re not sure you get seasick, bring water the crew told us it helped with it. And just come in and have a great time they told us to “make ourselves at home” don’t be afraid of asking questions they’ll help you out
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to get a patch or something if you’re not sure you get seasick, bring water the crew told us it helped with it. And just come in and have a great time they told us to “make ourselves at home” don’t be afraid of asking questions they’ll help you out
Captain Cal 2–Open Boat 7:30am-3:00
Captain Cal 2–Open Boat 7:30am-3:00
We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Chasing Tails Charters
Chasing Tails Charters
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Water was a little choppy, which can be rough on some. Some small children would not have been happy unless they were huckleberry Finn types...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water was a little choppy, which can be rough on some. Some small children would not have been happy unless they were huckleberry Finn types...
Miss Atlantic City
Miss Atlantic City
ENJOY!! , it’s fishing, could be slow, or it could be super fast. Just enjoy the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
ENJOY!! , it’s fishing, could be slow, or it could be super fast. Just enjoy the day!
Retriever Fishing Charters
Retriever Fishing Charters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I looked up Brigantine fishing charter online. Did research on the boats and captains experience. I was very happy with my choice. Captain Leo from Get hooked fishing charter was very professional. What a safe and great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I looked up Brigantine fishing charter online. Did research on the boats and captains experience. I was very happy with my choice. Captain Leo from Get hooked fishing charter was very professional. What a safe and great trip.
Get Hooked Fishing Charters
Get Hooked Fishing Charters Ivyland, PA
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing Rockaway, NJ
Great weather, awesome activities going on all around. My first time and it didn't disappoint at all.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great weather, awesome activities going on all around. My first time and it didn't disappoint at all.
A-Bomb Fishing Charters
A-Bomb Fishing Charters Princeton, New Jersey
Bring a cooler and ice to bring your fish home! Cash or credit card only. Checks not really accepted.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler and ice to bring your fish home! Cash or credit card only. Checks not really accepted.
Heavy Hitter Sport Fishing LLC
Heavy Hitter Sport Fishing LLC State College, PA

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