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The Sea Hawk plans to run OPEN BOAT trips daily. However, Private Charters often change our availability. Please call anytime or check out our calendar page ahead of time for our OPEN BOAT Schedule and what fish we are targeting. On our calendar please click on the date you plan on coming down and it will tell you the time and fish we are sailing for that day. Thanks Capt.Mike
2013 Open Boat Trip Rates-
*All Morning Trips leaving 7am or 7:30am- $60 Adults, $55 Seniors, $35 Women & Kids(16 and under)
*Afternoon Fluke Trips- $42 Adults, $37 Seniors, $30 Women & Kids(16 and under)
*Evening Striped Bass- $55 Adults, $50 Seniors, $35 Women & Kids(16 and under)
*Evening Porgies- $45 Adults, $40 Seniors, $35 Women & Kids(16 and under)
*Rental Rods- $5
Spring April & May- STRIPED BASS
We start our season April 1st fishing for Striped Bass around Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook & in the Ocean. We anchor up fishing with clams for bait but will jig them if they pop up around us. Striped Bass are a very exciting fish to catch and average around 26 to 40 inches. They fight very hard and are very good eating which makes them a very popular fish to catch for beginners and pros. As the water gets warmer the bluefish start entering the mix which makes for a lot of fun.
Summer Mid May, June, July & Aug- FLUKE
As the water gets warmer and the Striped Bass start moving up north we start fishing for Fluke(Summer Flounder). This is New Jersey's most popular fish to catch. We fish in the channels, flats & around rocky bottom using spearing, fluke belly, bucktails and Gulp for bait. Average size for fluke is about 2lbs to 6lbs but most years you do see a 10 to 12lber coming over the rail. This is a great fish to eat and the best time to come out and enjoy a great day on the water with family and friends.
Early Fall Sept & Oct- PORGIES & SEA BASS
When the fluke season is over we turn our attention to bottom fishing. We anchor up over wrecks, rocks and reefs fishing for these tasty fish. They are very fun to fish for and keep everyone busy at the rail all day. We use a 2 hook rig with clams for bait. This is definitely fun fishing for everyone. Along with porgies and sea bass we also catch triggerfish, blowfish & spots.
Fall Oct, Nov & Dec- BLACKFISH & STRIPED BASS
We fish for Blackfish in Nov & Dec. Blackfish are a popular fish to catch because it is a challenge to catch them. We mostly use 2 anchors to hold the boat over the wrecks where they live. We use green & white crabs for bait. Once the water starts cooling down it is time to also start fishing again for the Striped Bass as they make their way back down south for the winter. We still mostly anchor up and use clams for bait but as the season goes on we switch to drifting worms, eels & jigs fishing around the fast moving water on the edges of the channels and rocky bottom where they like to hang out and feed.
***Species transition dates are at the discretion of Capt.Mike. We will post on our Fishing Reports, Facebook & Calendar page when we are switching for what we are targeting. Thanks Capt.Mike***