UPDATE: May 11, 2017 On line booking is now available until May 21 . This is a test period for on line booking . Please feel free to book your trip. Please note that there is some flexibility in scheduling . If the time/date you interested in is not up on the online scheduling please text your name, #of seats, date and time preference to 201-725-6755. SHORT NOTICES ARE WELCOME.
April 12, 2017. water temp. at the Battery in NYC is 46 degrees. That is a good temperature . April 11 Gordon from England came out for 3 hours and landed around 6 Stripers with the biggest going 29 inches. We had a cheering crowd of construction workers watch us fight and carefully steer the big fish out of many obstructions and steer the boat out into the main river to carefully guide the river wise Striper out to open water.Where we could finally wear the fish down for the landing. On the 2nd trip of the day Cailin and liz from Scotland came out for 3 hours and boated around 5 Stripers with the big fish at 27 inches. 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 $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