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New York Harbor Fishing

Have you ever wondered, what’s it like to go fishing on the NYC Hudson River?

Call: 201-725-6755 

UPDATE:  There is no on-line booking at this time. Please text your trip requests to 201-725-6755.  June 24, 2017. Do to a very significant increase in docking/pick-up fees in NYC . I am forced to raise my prices.   Please note that there is some flexibility in scheduling .  Please text your name, #of seats, date and time preference to 201-725-6755. SHORT NOTICES ARE WELCOME.

September 3, 2017.  water temp. at the Battery in NYC is 76 degrees.  Ralph and family went on a 3 hour trip on Sept. 1st and immediately started catching bluefish on the surface with the seagulls diving and screaming. Honestly we lost about 4 times as many fish as we landed do to the ferocious fighting ability of the Bluefish. SEPTEMBER means migration time. Many bluefish coming down the East river tearing up all offerings.Although, there are many Bluefish , the Striped bass will often make up 80% of the catch, that is most days. Also, I am proud to announce that in  101 trips last season  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 $165.00 per person. Pay by  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.

 My tours not only give you the sight seeing . You also get 12 fishing rods to choose from, bait, lures, cold drinks, snacks.

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 North Cove Yacht Harbor, 250 Vesey St. NY, NY in Manhattan  ( at ground zero) or the Liberty Harbor Marina at 11 Marin Blvd Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Do you have friends or family coming for a visit? Reserve a trip with New York Harbor Sportfishing today!