New Jersey Deep Sea Fishing Charters

New Jersey Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in New Jersey

Top 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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in New Jersey

6 hour trip
Chuck S. fished with Jessie James Charters on December 12, 2020
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Very good location. Recommend the Jessie James out of this marina.
Sea Bass Fishing - 12 Hr
Paul E. fished with Freespirit Fishing on October 24, 2020
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Use a respected captain. Captain Steve Bent is the best in Margate.
8 hour trip
Thomas S. fished with Treemendous Sportfishing Charters on October 18, 2020
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Be ready for a good time they know we're to take you to find the fish
September fishing trip
Monika E. fished with Water Wolves on September 27, 2020
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Get a captain like Michael Decarlo who is experienced in the waters and knows where to find the fish
Trolling for Bonita, Mackerel and Albies!
John V. H. fished with Megan Beth Sportfishing on August 31, 2020
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I would suggest asking the captain what is running when you arrive, you will not be disappointed!
August fishing trip
Drake N. fished with Treemendous Sportfishing Charters on August 21, 2020
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Yes, lots of fun and captain and crew were outstanding.
8 hour trip
Andrea S. fished with Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters on August 9, 2020
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Bring sunscreen, rain gear, food and drinks, and sunglasses
Half Day with Captain Frank Wagenhoffer
Elizabeth D. fished with Fin Chaser Sportfishing – Point Pleasant on August 1, 2020
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Hire Capt Frank Wagenhoffer he knows where the fish hide

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