UPDATE: March 3, 2017. water temp. at the Battery in NYC is 42 to 43 degrees. That is a very fishable temperature. The last actual fishing trip was Jan 26 with about 10 Striped Bass landed with the same water temp. So, if you get the urge to fish on one of our frequent warm days give us a text (preferred) or call at 201-725-6755……. short notices are welcome!!!!! We are also offering seal watching tours. (see NY Times article by Dave Taft. March 20, 2015) Adult male Harbor seals can be 6 ft long and weigh 300 pounds . Not to worry though, as these seals are very shy of the boat. I must say it is really cool to see these seals and they are especially camouflaged as you scan the shoreline and appear to see only rocks. Then suddenly, the rocks slide into the water ; hence you saw your first seal. Soon after a seal head pops out of the water as they keep a watchful eye on you. This is a cold water activity as the seals migrate north as the spring nears. It is also ok to book a seal watching/fishing trip and the sights, well there all part of the excursion . Magnificent! Also, I am proud to announce that in 101 trips this season so far we only went one time with out catching any fish . I am now guaranteeing that fish will be caught on all trips. Trips start at $135.00 per person. Pay by Pay pal, cash, check, or credit card. Gift certificates also available. I’ve been fishing New York Harbor, the East River, and the waters around Manhattan Island as a Charter Boat Captain for over 30 years. My name is Captain Joe Shastay. Personally I am approaching about 2500 charters.
Bio: Captain Joe Shastay, grew up in Jersey City on the shores of the Hudson River, where at age 5 his dad started him fishing from those shores.
As a teen he probed those shores, digging up bait from the marshes, exploring the shoreline in a series of water-craft from oar powered rubber rafts to his present day 23 foot sea worthy Mako center console. While finishing his Biology degree with an emphasis on Fisheries, Captain Joe worked for an Environmental company called Normandeau Associates, where he could be found tagging, measuring, and aging Striped Bass from the waters surrounding Manhattan. Another N.Y. State run study involved safely pumping the stomachs of 200 hundred Striped Bass to gain knowledge of their dietary preferences in the Hudson river and the New York Harbor estuary.
Also working as the Fire Captain, on Jersey City’s Fire boat “Lovero” Captain Joe is constantly on the NYC harbor waters. Which equates to a safe, knowledgeable, productive trip for you
The areas that we fish read like a sightseer’s handbook: The Statue of Liberty , where we’ll be catching 28″ – 38″ stripers; and, in front of The United Nations Building, we’ll catch a mix of Bass and Blues with bottom and top water action. The panoramic view of the city is simply incredible. The Brooklyn Bridge, The South Street Seaport and Ellis Island are all within a cast length with our guided tours.
Value oriented: An extremely popular sightseeing boat of similar size offers a 1.5 hour sight seeing tour of the harbor @ $56.50/hr/person. My tours not only give you the sight seeing . You also get 12 fishing rods to choose from, bait, lures, cold drinks, snacks, and KNOWLEDGE of the harbor and whereabouts of the fish you seek for the great price of $67.50/hr/person on the two hour trips and $47.50/hr/person on the four hour trips.
The season runs year round. However, February is the most challenging fishing month. We fish seven days a week with trips starting any time with very Reasonable Rates. Additionally, there is usually a spectacular view of the sunset while on a twilight trip!
Pickups can be arranged from either the Pier 25 at 225 West Street NY, NY in Manhattan or the Liberty Harbor Marina at 11 Marin Blvd Jersey City, New Jersey 07302