The very best New York Harbor Fishing Experience…
I’m on vacation July 9th thru July 16th correspondences will resume on or about July 17th. Thank You. 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. We have been blessed by chartering 482 consecutive trips without being skunked! Summer time: The Bass are here (posted 6-27-16) Most bass now are mostly 18 to 26 inches . I’m leaning more and more to bait fishing when the the sun is shining brightly. However low light conditions whether it is cloudy or sunset/sunrise or after dark finds us throwing white jigs or Pradco bombers ( looks like a big Rapala lure ) to the bass. Some of these bass go 32 inches or so, and to top that off some big bluefish are around also topping 36 inches. “Boy will they scream your line”. Stripers are still taking flies mostly white clouser minnows or deceivers as of this post fish up to 24 inches.. . Cast to some surface feeding bass under dock lights. Very cool with the city all ablaze with city lights. SPIN CASTERS: Same deal as for fly rodders. With our knowledge of the harbor waters, you’ll have a great opportunity to land the “big one” and not just tell the “tale”. My Son Hunter age 18 has just signed on and will be accompanying me on your adventure.
Bio: Captain Joe Shastay, grew up in JerseyCity 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.
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 West St and N. Moore St NY, NY in Manhattan or the Liberty Harbor Marina at 11 Marin Blvd Jersey City, New Jersey 07302