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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,200
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6 Hour Trip- Striped Bass

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50 ft 1 - 15 People From $1,050
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Inshore Fishing Charter in Highlands

New Jersey On Light Tackle

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
Fishing in Freeport

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Striper Extravaganza!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Freeport

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Fall Bonito Special!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Old Bridge

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Fluke, Sea Bass, Porgies Or Ling

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,050

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Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
trip description for Spring or Fall Stripers in Old Bridge

This is a 7hr Striper trip. We provide all the rod, tackle and bait. All you need to bring is what ever you want to eat or drink. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Spring Or Fall Stripers

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $925
Fishing in New York
Fishing in New York
Fishing in New York
trip description for Full Day NYC Charter in New York

Cast your line for a half day of adventure with Captain Arthur! Bask in the scenery of New York’s stunning coastline while perfecting your light tackle or fly-fishing skills. During your trip, you’ll fish for Striped Bass and Bluefish with a sea-savvy captain Arthur , who will instruct you in fly-tying and proper casting techniques, as well as bottom bait-fishing. He’ll also offer instructions in conventional fishing techniques. Gear will be provided, and you’ll make the most of the guide’s thorough knowledge of where the big fish bite. In addition, you’ll be fishing aboard a 22’ Cape Craft center console boat, which offers a spacious and safe ride for up to 2 passengers plus the guide. Powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine, the boat features state of the art electronics, including a fish finder and a chart plotter to get you on the fish. Arthur will contact you after booking to confirm your meeting location, and he’ll make sure that everything is taken care of. He’ll will even provide snacks and drinks when on board, and he’s got you covered for your fishing license. Get booking and get ready for a thrilling day on NYC’s exciting waters with Captain Arthur! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Full Day NYC Charter

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22 ft 1 - 3 People From $750
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Thresher Shark Fishing Fun! in Freeport

Captain Ray's Thresher Shark Fishing Adventure in New York! Are you seeking an epic fishing experience this summer? Look no further! Join Captain Ray for an exhilarating Thresher Shark fishing trip right off the New York coast. During the summer months, these massive Thresher Sharks, some reaching astonishing sizes, make their presence known as they invade our local coastlines, just a few miles offshore. Captain Ray is your seasoned guide, ready to take you on a thrilling journey to reel in these magnificent creatures. We'll use tried-and-true chumming techniques to attract these big predators, setting the stage for an action-packed fishing adventure like no other. This trip is perfect for those in pursuit of big fish and non-stop action. We keep our groups small, with a maximum of four people, to ensure everyone has a chance to experience the excitement up close. Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime—book your Thresher Shark fishing trip with Captain Ray now! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Thresher Shark Fishing Fun!

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,200
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for New York Sea Bass Thriller! in Freeport

Embark on an exciting black sea bass fishing adventure in New York with Captain Ray! Join us for an unforgettable fishing journey in the waters of New York, as we set sail on our 31' sportfisher. Captain Ray invites you to discover the thrill of Black Sea Bass fishing on this exciting adventure. What's in Store? Get ready to reel in the prized Black Sea Bass as we navigate the rich fishing grounds of New York. These waters are teeming with these delicious and exciting fish. Captain Ray is your experienced and friendly guide, ready to lead you to the best fishing spots and share valuable insights. With his expertise you're in for a memorable angling experience. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

New York Sea Bass Thriller!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
trip description for Tautog Wreck Trip in Old Bridge

This is a 8 hr wreck trip for blackfish, we provide all the rods, tackle and bait. All you need to bring is what ever you want to eat and drink. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Tautog Wreck Trip

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,050
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Offshore Monster Sharking!! in Freeport

Experience the Ultimate Battle of the Giants with Captain Ray in New York! Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled journey as you embark on a thrilling fall fishing expedition with Captain Ray. Get ready to face some of the ocean's largest and most formidable creatures during this epic 12-hour adventure in deeper waters. What's in Store? Battle with Ocean Predators: Join us for the chance to go head-to-head with the ocean's fiercest inhabitants, including Mako, White, Tiger, and Thresher Sharks. It's an incredible opportunity to test your skills and land one of these monstrous creatures. Experienced Anglers' Paradise: This trip is tailor-made for experienced anglers seeking the ultimate challenge. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're up for an intense battle, this is the trip for you. Small Group, Big Thrills: To ensure a personalized and action-packed experience, we limit each trip to a maximum of four persons. Get your adrenaline pumping as you team up with Captain Ray for an unforgettable goliath-sized adventure. Book Your Shark Fishing Expedition Today! Don't miss the chance to embark on this epic shark fishing adventure in New York. Secure your spot now, and prepare for a day filled with heart-pounding battles, camaraderie, and the thrill of facing off against the ocean's apex predators. Captain Ray and the sharks await, ready to make your fishing dreams a reality! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Offshore Monster Sharking!!

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $2,000
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Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
trip description for New Jersey on Light Tackle in Highlands

If you're looking to get hooked up, big-time, in New England, this trip is meant for you! Join Captain Michael for an unforgettable inshore fishing charter in the beautiful waters between Long Island and Cape Cod. You will be fishing on a well-maintained 23' Jones Bros bay boat, purpose-built for fishing here and equipped with all the necessary gear, including top-of-the-line rods, reels, and tackle. She sports a 175-HP Yamaha engine and is capable of cruising at 40 knots, so you'll be on the fish in a snap. Captain Michael is a seasoned angler with years of experience fishing the local waters. He specializes in fly and light tackle fishing, but he's also known for his skill in trolling, jigging, spinning, popping, and deep-sea fishing. On this inshore trip, you'll have an ideal opportunity to target East Coast classics including Black Seabass, Bluefish, Stripers, and Flounder. Captain Michael will make sure you've got the perfect tackle for the job, depending on the fish and the time of year, to give you the best chance of catching the species you're after. Whether you're an experienced angler or a first-timer, Captain Michael will provide all the necessary instruction and equipment to ensure that you have a successful day on the water. He will also clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip so you can take it home for a delicious meal. Book your trip today and let Captain Michael show you the beauty and the thrill of inshore fishing. With his knowledge and experience, you'll be sure to have a great time and make some unforgettable memories! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Highlands

New Jersey On Light Tackle

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
trip description for 10-Hour Offshore Special in Highlands

If you're looking to get hooked up, big-time, in New England, this trip is meant for you! Join Captain Michael for an unforgettable offshore fishing charter in the beautiful waters between Long Island and Cape Cod. You will be fishing on a well-maintained 23' Jones Bros bay boat, purpose-built for fishing here and equipped with all the necessary gear, including top-of-the-line rods, reels, and tackle. She sports a 175-HP Yamaha engine and is capable of cruising at 40 knots, so you'll be on the fish in a snap. Captain Michael is a seasoned angler with years of experience fishing the local waters. He specializes in fly and light tackle fishing, but he's also known for his skill in trolling, jigging, spinning, popping, and deep-sea fishing. On this offshore trip, you'll have an ideal opportunity to target East Coast sportfish such as Bluefin Tuna, Bonito, and Mahi. Captain Michael will make sure you've got the perfect tackle for the job, depending on the fish and the time of year, to give you the best chance of catching the big ones you're after. Whether you're an experienced angler or a first-timer, Captain Michael will provide all the necessary instruction and equipment to ensure that you have a successful day on the water. He will also clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip so you can take it home for a delicious meal. Book your trip today and let Captain Michael show you the beauty and the thrill of inshore fishing. With his knowledge and experience, you'll be sure to have a great time and make some unforgettable memories! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Highlands

10-Hour Offshore Special

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,200
Fishing in New York
Fishing in New York
Fishing in New York
trip description for Full Day NYC Charter in New York

Cast your line for a half day of adventure with Captain Arthur! Bask in the scenery of New York’s stunning coastline while perfecting your light tackle or fly-fishing skills. During your trip, you’ll fish for Striped Bass and Bluefish with a sea-savvy captain Arthur , who will instruct you in fly-tying and proper casting techniques, as well as bottom bait-fishing. He’ll also offer instructions in conventional fishing techniques. Gear will be provided, and you’ll make the most of the guide’s thorough knowledge of where the big fish bite. In addition, you’ll be fishing aboard a 22’ Cape Craft center console boat, which offers a spacious and safe ride for up to 2 passengers plus the guide. Powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine, the boat features state of the art electronics, including a fish finder and a chart plotter to get you on the fish. Arthur will contact you after booking to confirm your meeting location, and he’ll make sure that everything is taken care of. He’ll will even provide snacks and drinks when on board, and he’s got you covered for your fishing license. Get booking and get ready for a thrilling day on NYC’s exciting waters with Captain Arthur! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Full Day NYC Charter

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22 ft 1 - 3 People From $750
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Offshore Monster Sharking!! in Freeport

Experience the Ultimate Battle of the Giants with Captain Ray in New York! Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled journey as you embark on a thrilling fall fishing expedition with Captain Ray. Get ready to face some of the ocean's largest and most formidable creatures during this epic 12-hour adventure in deeper waters. What's in Store? Battle with Ocean Predators: Join us for the chance to go head-to-head with the ocean's fiercest inhabitants, including Mako, White, Tiger, and Thresher Sharks. It's an incredible opportunity to test your skills and land one of these monstrous creatures. Experienced Anglers' Paradise: This trip is tailor-made for experienced anglers seeking the ultimate challenge. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're up for an intense battle, this is the trip for you. Small Group, Big Thrills: To ensure a personalized and action-packed experience, we limit each trip to a maximum of four persons. Get your adrenaline pumping as you team up with Captain Ray for an unforgettable goliath-sized adventure. Book Your Shark Fishing Expedition Today! Don't miss the chance to embark on this epic shark fishing adventure in New York. Secure your spot now, and prepare for a day filled with heart-pounding battles, camaraderie, and the thrill of facing off against the ocean's apex predators. Captain Ray and the sharks await, ready to make your fishing dreams a reality! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Offshore Monster Sharking!!

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $2,000
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Striper Extravaganza! in Freeport

Experience the Thrill of New York Trophy Striper Fishing with Captain Ray! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable fishing expedition with Captain Ray at the helm of his newly restored vessel. This remarkable vessel, equipped with twin 315 HP Yanmar engines, is your ticket to swift and exciting trophy striper fishing in the heart of New York's legendary waters. Speed and Comfort: With its powerful engines, the vessel will have you cruising to prime fishing spots in no time. This spacious vessel offers ample seating for up to 6 anglers on most trips, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trophy Striper Awaits: New York is renowned for its trophy striper fishing, and Captain Ray knows the waters like the back of his hand. He'll guide you to the best spots where these behemoths roam, giving you a shot at reeling in the catch of a lifetime. Hassle-Free Experience: Once you're back on the dock, Captain Ray and his crew will expertly fillet and bag your prized catch, leaving you with the simple task of deciding how to prepare your fresh, delicious fish later. All Skill Levels Welcome: Captain Ray's passion for the water knows no bounds, and he welcomes anglers of all skill levels on board. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, you'll have the opportunity to learn from the best and make unforgettable memories on the water. This isn't just a fishing trip; it's an opportunity to connect with the thrill of the open sea and the excitement of trophy striper fishing in New York's vibrant waters. Captain Ray's trips are in high demand, so gather your crew and secure your spot today. Get ready to cast your line, feel the adrenaline rush, and bring home the trophy striper you've been dreaming of! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Striper Extravaganza!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for New York Sea Bass Thriller! in Freeport

Embark on an exciting black sea bass fishing adventure in New York with Captain Ray! Join us for an unforgettable fishing journey in the waters of New York, as we set sail on our 31' sportfisher. Captain Ray invites you to discover the thrill of Black Sea Bass fishing on this exciting adventure. What's in Store? Get ready to reel in the prized Black Sea Bass as we navigate the rich fishing grounds of New York. These waters are teeming with these delicious and exciting fish. Captain Ray is your experienced and friendly guide, ready to lead you to the best fishing spots and share valuable insights. With his expertise you're in for a memorable angling experience. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

New York Sea Bass Thriller!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Fall Bonito Special! in Freeport

Embark on an exciting black sea bass fishing adventure in New York with Captain Ray! Join us for an unforgettable fishing journey in the waters of New York, as we set sail on our 31' sportfisher. Captain Ray invites you to discover the thrill of Black Sea Bass fishing on this exciting adventure. What's in Store? Get ready to reel in the prized Black Sea Bass as we navigate the rich fishing grounds of New York. These waters are teeming with these delicious and exciting fish. Captain Ray is your experienced and friendly guide, ready to lead you to the best fishing spots and share valuable insights. With his expertise you're in for a memorable angling experience. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Highlands

Fall Bonito Special!

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Thresher Shark Fishing Fun! in Freeport

Captain Ray's Thresher Shark Fishing Adventure in New York! Are you seeking an epic fishing experience this summer? Look no further! Join Captain Ray for an exhilarating Thresher Shark fishing trip right off the New York coast. During the summer months, these massive Thresher Sharks, some reaching astonishing sizes, make their presence known as they invade our local coastlines, just a few miles offshore. Captain Ray is your seasoned guide, ready to take you on a thrilling journey to reel in these magnificent creatures. We'll use tried-and-true chumming techniques to attract these big predators, setting the stage for an action-packed fishing adventure like no other. This trip is perfect for those in pursuit of big fish and non-stop action. We keep our groups small, with a maximum of four people, to ensure everyone has a chance to experience the excitement up close. Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime—book your Thresher Shark fishing trip with Captain Ray now! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Thresher Shark Fishing Fun!

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31 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,200
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
trip description for Spring or Fall Stripers in Old Bridge

This is a 7hr Striper trip. We provide all the rod, tackle and bait. All you need to bring is what ever you want to eat or drink. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Spring Or Fall Stripers

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $925
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
trip description for Tautog Wreck Trip in Old Bridge

This is a 8 hr wreck trip for blackfish, we provide all the rods, tackle and bait. All you need to bring is what ever you want to eat and drink. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Tautog Wreck Trip

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,050
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
Fishing in Old Bridge
trip description for Fluke, Sea Bass, Porgies or Ling in Old Bridge

This is a 8 hr trip for in season species. We provide all the rods, tackle and bait. All you need to bring is your own food or drink. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Highlands

Fluke, Sea Bass, Porgies Or Ling

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,050
Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
Fishing in Highlands
trip description for 6 hour trip- Striped Bass in Highlands

Striped bass fishing will be a 6-hour trip from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Highlands

6 Hour Trip- Striped Bass

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50 ft 1 - 15 People From $1,050

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Highlands

What are the best fishing charters in Highlands?

Why should I book a fishing charter in Highlands with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 12 trips in Highlands, and the most popular trips in the area are 10-Hour Offshore Special guided by Michael, New Jersey on Light Tackle guided by Michael, and 6 hour trip- Striped Bass guided by Chad.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Highlands? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Highlands.

What types of fishing charters are common in Highlands?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Highlands as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Highlands are: 1. striped bass, 2. black seabass, 3. fluke, 4. tautog, and 5. bluefish.

The most common fishing techniques in Highlands are artificial lure fishing, drift fishing, and live bait fishing but trolling and cut bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Highlands fishing charters cost?

Prices in Highlands can range anywhere from about $650 to $1,975, but the average price for a half day trip in Highlands is $720. The average price for a full day trip in Highlands is $1,299.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Highlands?

The most popular season for fishing in Highlands is summer, and most anglers book their trips 37 days in advance.

Do I need a Highlands fishing license and what are the bag limits in Highlands?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Highlands, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Highlands. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Highlands.

What is fishing in Highlands?

Fishing in Highlands, New Jersey, offers anglers a diverse range of experiences along the picturesque shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the tranquil waters of the Shrewsbury River. Situated on the northern tip of the Jersey Shore, Highlands provides access to a variety of fishing opportunities for both recreational and avid fishermen. Whether casting lines off the pier, chartering a boat for deep-sea excursions, or angling from the shores of Sandy Hook Bay, there's something for every angler in this coastal town.

One of the highlights of fishing in Highlands is the chance to reel in a wide array of fish species that inhabit the local waters. From striped bass and flounder to bluefish and weakfish, anglers can target a variety of game fish throughout the year. During the spring and fall migrations, in particular, the waters off Highlands become prime fishing grounds as numerous species make their way along the Atlantic coast, offering anglers the opportunity for exciting catches and memorable fishing experiences.

Beyond the thrill of the catch, fishing in Highlands provides a chance to unwind and appreciate the natural beauty of the Jersey Shore. Whether casting lines from the shoreline or enjoying a leisurely boat ride along the coast, anglers can soak in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook Bay, and the surrounding landscapes. With its scenic vistas, abundant marine life, and diverse fishing opportunities, Highlands, New Jersey, is a must-visit destination for fishing enthusiasts looking to enjoy the charm of the Jersey Shore while pursuing their passion for angling.

What are the most popular months to fish in Highlands?

Fishing seasons in Highlands, New Jersey, vary throughout the year, offering anglers diverse opportunities to pursue their favorite catches in different conditions. Spring marks the beginning of the fishing season, as warmer temperatures trigger the migration of various fish species along the Atlantic coast. This season sees an uptick in activity for striped bass, bluefish, and winter flounder, drawing anglers eager to hook into these prized catches. As the waters gradually warm up, fishing enthusiasts flock to the shores of Highlands to capitalize on the abundance of fish returning to coastal waters.

Summer brings its own set of fishing opportunities, with anglers targeting a wider variety of species in the bountiful waters surrounding Highlands. From surf fishing along the sandy beaches to exploring the deeper offshore waters, fishermen can pursue striped bass, fluke, sea bass, and more. The longer days and mild weather make summer an ideal time to embark on fishing excursions, whether casting lines from a pier, chartering a boat, or wading into the shallows along the coast.

As autumn arrives and temperatures begin to cool, fishing in Highlands reaches its peak season. The fall migration brings an abundance of baitfish into local waters, attracting predatory species like striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore. Anglers can enjoy productive fishing outings as these game fish feed voraciously in preparation for the winter months. Whether fishing from shore or venturing out into deeper waters, autumn offers some of the best opportunities to reel in trophy-sized catches and create lasting memories along the scenic shores of Highlands, New Jersey.

What types of fishing are popular in Highlands?

In Highlands, New Jersey, anglers have access to a variety of fishing techniques suited to the diverse marine environments found along the Atlantic coast and the Shrewsbury River. One popular method is surf fishing, where anglers cast lines from the sandy beaches into the breaking waves in search of species like striped bass, bluefish, and flounder. Surf fishing allows fishermen to cover a wide area of coastline and provides an immersive experience amidst the sights and sounds of the ocean.

For those looking to venture further offshore, charter boat fishing offers an exciting opportunity to target larger game fish in deeper waters. Charter captains in Highlands provide guided fishing trips tailored to the preferences and skill levels of anglers, taking them to prime fishing grounds for species such as striped bass, tuna, and mahi-mahi. Whether trolling with live bait or bottom fishing over wrecks and reefs, charter boat fishing provides an exhilarating angling experience with the potential for trophy-sized catches.

Additionally, anglers can explore the calmer waters of the Shrewsbury River and Sandy Hook Bay through kayak fishing and pier fishing. Kayak fishing allows fishermen to access shallow areas and navigate tight spaces where motorized boats cannot reach, making it ideal for targeting species like fluke, weakfish, and bluefish. Pier fishing from locations such as the Highlands Bridge Fishing Pier offers a convenient and accessible option for anglers to cast lines into deeper channels and catch a variety of fish species while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding coastline. Whether casting from shore, venturing offshore on a charter boat, or paddling out in a kayak, Highlands, New Jersey, offers fishing enthusiasts a wealth of opportunities to pursue their passion and reel in memorable catches.

What species are popular in Highlands?

In Highlands, New Jersey, anglers have the opportunity to target a diverse range of fish species, both inshore and offshore. One of the most sought-after catches is the striped bass, known for its powerful fights and delicious taste. These prized game fish can be found in abundance along the Atlantic coast and the Shrewsbury River, particularly during their spring and fall migrations. Anglers often use a variety of techniques, including bait fishing, trolling, and casting lures, to hook into these prized catches.

Bluefish are another popular species among fishermen in Highlands, offering fast-paced action and aggressive strikes. These voracious predators patrol the coastal waters in schools, making them a common sight for anglers casting lines from the shoreline or trolling offshore. Bluefish are known for their tenacity and can provide an exciting challenge for anglers of all skill levels. Additionally, fluke, also known as summer flounder, are abundant in the waters around Highlands, offering anglers the chance to reel in tasty catches while enjoying a day out on the water.

Other notable species that anglers can target in Highlands include weakfish, black sea bass, tautog, and winter flounder, among others. Each species presents its own set of challenges and rewards, making fishing in Highlands an exciting and varied experience. Whether casting from shore, venturing offshore on a charter boat, or paddling out in a kayak, anglers visiting Highlands, New Jersey, can look forward to memorable fishing adventures and the opportunity to reel in a variety of prized catches.

What are the best places to fish in Highlands?

In Highlands, New Jersey, anglers have access to numerous prime fishing spots along the scenic Atlantic coastline and the tranquil waters of the Shrewsbury River. One of the best places to fish is Sandy Hook Bay, which offers a variety of fishing opportunities for both shore anglers and boaters. The bay provides habitat for a range of fish species, including striped bass, bluefish, fluke, and weakfish. Anglers can fish from the shoreline at spots like the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area or venture out onto the water in boats to explore the bay's expansive fishing grounds.

Another popular fishing destination in Highlands is the Highlands Bridge Fishing Pier, located at the entrance to the Shrewsbury River. This pier provides convenient access for anglers looking to cast lines into deeper channels and catch a variety of fish species, including striped bass, bluefish, and flounder. The pier offers panoramic views of the surrounding coastline and is a favorite among local fishermen and visitors alike.

For those seeking offshore adventures, charter boat fishing trips depart from marinas in Highlands and offer access to deeper waters where larger game fish roam. These guided fishing excursions take anglers to productive fishing grounds offshore, where they can target species such as striped bass, bluefish, tuna, and mahi-mahi. Whether fishing from shore, pier, or boat, Highlands, New Jersey, provides anglers with a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the thrill of the catch amidst the stunning coastal scenery of the Jersey Shore.

Other things to do in Highlands

Aside from fishing, Highlands, New Jersey, offers a variety of activities to enjoy for visitors of all interests. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the natural beauty of the area by hiking the trails of Hartshorne Woods Park or Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, which offer scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and opportunities for birdwatching and picnicking. Additionally, Sandy Hook Beach provides a picturesque setting for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing during the warmer months, making it a popular spot for families and beachgoers.

History buffs can delve into the rich maritime heritage of Highlands by visiting landmarks such as the Twin Lights Historic Site, where they can climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the surrounding coastline and learn about the area's role in navigation and communication. The Highlands Historical Society Museum offers further insight into the town's history through exhibits showcasing artifacts and photographs related to its past. Additionally, the nearby town of Atlantic Highlands offers charming shops, restaurants, and cafes for visitors to explore, providing a taste of local culture and cuisine.

For those seeking adventure on the water, Highlands offers opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing in the calm waters of the Shrewsbury River and Sandy Hook Bay. Kayak rentals are available for exploring the river's scenic waterways, while sailing charters offer guided tours and sunset cruises for a memorable experience on the open water. Whether exploring the outdoors, delving into local history, or enjoying recreational activities on the water, Highlands, New Jersey, provides a diverse range of attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy beyond fishing.

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