The very best New York Harbor Fishing Experience…, Updated January 5, 2017 Happy New Year !!!! …… The most recent trip was Wednesday January 4, Sebastian and friend both from Germany enjoyed catching around 15 Striped Bass including a very nice 27.5 inch Striper They also caught three 24 inch fat Stripers. These were the largest fish that I have seen in about 3 weeks. Dec. 23 trip: we started at sunset and 4 anglers put at least 25 striped bass in the boat. The largest fish was 21 inches and the smallest 14 inches. Dec. 27 we started at 1030 am and 2 Australian anglers caught 18 to 20 Striped Bass all in just under 3 hours of fishing. All fish were caught on light jigs on light spinning rods, fly fishing would have surely worked. If you are thinking about a late season trip now is the time to get it in. There are plenty of Striped Bass out there. The water temperature as of Jan 4, was steady at 45 degrees Fahreheit , and it is documented that the Striped Bass hit eagerly until the water hits 39 degrees. That water temp. usually occurs around February 1st. Plenty of Striped Bass in the 17 to 22 inch size( about 7 to 10 fish per hour ) Bigger Stripers are sprinkled in, but the smaller ones are so much more plentiful. The Blackfishing remains a mystery because with the easy Striped Bass fishing we have not bothered to even try to catch them, although there is always Blackfish bait on board. Also, I am proud to announce that in 100 trips this season so far we only went one time with out catching any fish and that was on a shorter two hour trip. Furthermore, that is not likely to happen again till Late January, because Fall and early winter are great times to catch lots of fish. I am now guaranteeing that fish will be caught on all trips. Trips start at $85.00 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