VOYAGER
Fishing  Report

April 7, 2014

Mike Garone
of Garone Custom Rods in Randolph, NJ is running a 2-day TILEFISH charter aboard the VOYAGER leaving on Sunday night May 18.   Fishing is from sunup to sundown Monday and Tuesday, and returning Wednesday morning.   We will be fishing some deep snags in search of Snowy Grouper and Barrelfish as well as hunting for some new BIG Tilefish areas.   The trip is manual reels only and is limited to 18 fishermen, and the fare is $650.

Mike still has four (4) spots open for this trip so if you are interested, please contact Mike at (973) 945-1795 or Garonerods@gmail.com.


March 29, 2014

It looks like the weather is finally going to give us a reprieve from winter this week.   We are going to try and take advantage of it by sailing on two mid-week trips.

We will be sailing for COD and POLLOCK from 5:30 AM to 4:30 PM TUESDAY, APRIL 1.   The fare is $90 and this is an Open Boat trip, so NO reservations are needed.   There is a lot of bait around so we expect to catch fish. 

We have also added a 50-80 mile WRECK TRIP leaving at 11 PM TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 1.    This is an overnight trip and returns 6-7 PM on Wednesday.   The fare is $200 and reservations ARE required.   If you were on last week's canceled trip and have not decided what to do or have rescheduled for next weekend and would rather go Tuesday night, we can move you over with no problem.   Please let us know via e-mail or by leaving a message at (732) 295-3019.


March 24, 2014

FISHING REPORT

We had only fair fishing on our Sunday trip with a mix of small and mid-sized COD and POLLOCK and some LING.   Fish bit mostly on bait, but a few were caught on jigs with teasers.   We also had more short COD on this trip.   We still saw quite a bit of bait around, but we didn't catch as well as the prior trip.   Maybe the fish were off the wrecks chasing bait or maybe they just were not as hungry.   Nevertheless, with good bait being around we expect to continue to catch fish on our trips over the next few weeks.

We switched this week's Friday morning trip to 5:30 AM THURSDAY, MARCH 27 due to weather conditions.   Please note that the galley will NOT be open for food on this trip.   We will also be sailing at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning March 30 as long as the weather permits.   These trips are open boat so NO reservations are needed.


March 22, 2014

FISHING REPORT

We had good fishing yesterday with a mix of nice sized COD and POLLOCK.

Fish bit on both bait and jigs with teasers.   Archie Stewart of Nutley, NJ won the pool with a beautiful 33-pound COD.   We started to see more bait in the area so fishing should continue to improve.   If you want to try for COD, now is the time.

















Our next trip leaves SUNDAY morning MARCH 23 at 5:30 AM and the weather looks good.   The trips are open boat, so NO reservations are needed.   Please note that our galley will not be open for food on the Sunday trip.


March 20, 2014

FISHING REPORT

On last week's 50-80 mile Wreck Trip we saw some Cod on every wreck, but not in the numbers we were hoping for.   Some spots had only a few and others had 10-15.   We also found some really nice Ling, but they were only on one spot.   We found this odd as we fished other spots that are usually better Ling/Cod spots, but with worse results.   Dogfish were not much of a nuisance, but Conger Eels were particularly pesky on some drops.   A couple of guys ended up with 3 Cod and 6-8 Ling, but others only had a few Ling or a Cod. 

















Our next trip has only a couple of open spots, but we have added another 50-80 mile Wreck Trip leaving FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 4 and there is still plenty of room.   On our next trips, we will be taking a different path and trying different wrecks.   Hopefully, a little warmer weather and water will get the fish into more of a biting mood.

It looks as though our Friday night Tilefish Trip this week will be blown out so we are tentatively adding another 1-day Tilefish Trip to the schedule that leaves SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 5.

If you are interested in any of the trips, please send us an e-mail or leave us a message at (732) 295-3019.

THIS WEEK'S UPCOMING TRIPS

This week, we have 20-40 Mile COD, POLLOCK, and LING TRIPS leaving FRIDAY and SUNDAY morning at 5:30 AM.   At the moment, the weather looks good for both days.   The trips are OPEN BOAT, so NO reservations are needed.   Please note that our galley will not be open for food on this weekend's trips.


March 13, 2014

We made schedule changes for the upcoming weekend due to weather conditions.

The 5:30 AM Friday morning Open Boat COD, POLLOCK and LING trip is CANCELED.

Due to a poor offshore weather forecast for Friday night into Saturday, the Friday night OFFSHORE COD and POLLOCK trip will sail at 11:00 PM SATURDAY night.

The Saturday inshore weather forecast looks good at the moment, so the 5:30 AM Sunday Open Boat COD, POLLOCK and LING trip will sail at 5:30 AM SATURDAY morning.

If you are already booked on the 11:00 PM overnight trip and cannot make the rescheduled date, please send us an e-mail as soon as possible.   Even before the schedule change, we still had a few spots left for the overnight trip, so if the new departure date fits your schedule and you want to jump on, please send us an e-mail.


March 4, 2014

Our second TILEFISH TRIP of the year was a bit better than the first.   We had to fish through a fair amount of dogfish, but we ended up picking some Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   Most people seemed to end up with 8 to 12 Tilefish, but Mike Desimone of Red Bank, NJ had 15 and Mike Jung of New York was high hook with 19 or 20.   Overall, the Tilefish were not big, but we were happy to get enough Tilefish through the dogs to make a day out of it.


















February 26, 2014

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28 TILEFISH TRIP

There is a small break in the offshore weather this weekend so we are putting together a TILEFISH TRIP for FRIDAY night, FEBRUARY 28.   The VOYAGER will be leaving at 11 PM and returning Saturday night between 10 PM and 11 PM.   The fare is $325 and will be "cash at the boat" Friday night.   Unfortunately, we will not have ice for your coolers available for this trip.

As with all short notice trips, we have to see what kind of response we get and we'll be making a go/no-go decision by midday Friday.   If you are interested, please send us an e-mail.   We will put people on the list in the order they contact us.

FISHING REPORT

Last weekend we did a couple of mid-range COD, POLLOCK, and LING trips.   Fishing was pretty slow on Saturday with about 6 keeper Cod and some throwbacks caught, as well as a dozen or so Ling.   There was a swell in the morning from Friday's blow and then a lot of southerly wind in the afternoon which hurt the fishing.   We did not see the life that we saw Thursday, not even Bergalls.   On Sunday, we took a longer ride to a different area.   The Bergall life was good, but there were only a couple of Cod caught.   Fortunately, there were some Ling biting and a couple of guys had 10-15 fat ones while others only had a few.   William Tootell was high hook with 16 Ling.

MARCH MADNESS OFFSHORE SCHEDULE

Starting Friday March 14, the VOYAGER will be sailing Open Boat trips 5:30 AM EVERY FRIDAY and SUNDAY for COD, POLLOCK and LING
.   Trips on March 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30.   We will return to the dock at 4:30 PM and the fare is $90.

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, MARCH 21
On Friday night March 21, the VOYAGER will be sailing to the canyons for TILEFISH.  This TILEFISH trip leaves at 11 PM and returns Saturday night between 10 PM and 11 PM.   The trip is pre-paid, reservation only and limited to 21 anglers.   The fare is $325.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 and FRIDAY, MARCH 28
On Friday night March 14 and Friday night March 28, the VOYAGER will be sailing to 50-80 mile wrecks for COD, POLLOCK, and LING.   These trips leave at 11:00 PM and return Saturday evening between 6 PM and 7 PM.   The trips are pre-paid, reservation only and limited to 28 anglers.   The fare is $200.


February 24, 2014

There is a small break in the offshore weather this weekend so we are putting together a TILEFISH TRIP for FRIDAY night, FEBRUARY 28.   The VOYAGER will be leaving at 11 PM and returning Saturday night between 10 PM and 11 PM.   The fare is $325 and will be "cash at the boat" Friday night.   Unfortunately, we will not have ice for your coolers available for this trip.

As with all short notice trips, we have to see what kind of response we get and we'll be making a go/no-go decision by midday Friday.   If you are interested, please send us an e-mail.   We will put people on the list in the order they contact us.


February 21, 2014


With some rare nice weather predicted for the weekend the VOYAGER will be sailing open boat for COD, POLLOCK and LING SATURDAY 2/22 and SUNDAY 2/23 mornings at 5:30 AM.

We will be returning at 4:30 PM and the fare is $90.  The galley will be open for both of these trips.


February 20, 2014


We made our first COD TRIP of the 2014 season today.   We found Cod on every wreck we stopped on, but not in the numbers we would like to see.   Some spots had a few keepers and some shorts and others had just a few shorts.   There were also some Ling scattered around the boat.   High hook had three keeper Cod, three short Cod, and three Ling.   We are going to give it another try Saturday and fish at some different spots.

Atlantic Wolffish - No open season and was tossed back















The VOYAGER will be sailing open boat for COD, POLLOCK and LING at 5:30 AM Saturday morning February 22. We will be returning at 4:30 PM and the fare is $90.   The galley will be open for the trip.


February 18, 2014

The VOYAGER will be sailing open boat for COD, POLLOCK and LING this Thursday morning at 5:30 AM.
   We will be returning at 4:30 PM and the fare is $90.   The galley will be open for the trip.

We may add a TILEFISH TRIP to the schedule for this coming weekend, but we are going to wait until Wednesday to see the long range weather forecast before making a decision.


February 2, 2014

We have just posted our 2014 OFFSHORE TRIP SCHEDULE for the VOYAGER!

You can view the entire 2014 schedule on our Trip Calendar page and see a summary of our 2014 Tilefish Trips on our Special Trips page.

We are ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS.
  
To book any of our exciting 2014 offshore trip or trips, please call our office at (732) 295-3019 or email us.   An e-mail is best.  Let us know what trip(s) you want and that you are sending in a reservation form and payment.   We will put your name on the boarding list in the order that you contact us.

For those of you that are booking trips now, we will hold your spot(s) until March 15 with no payment or obligation.
If we do not receive payment by March 15, we will delete you from the boarding list and you will lose your boarding spot and will then need to re-book.

TILEFISH REPORT

It was great to finally get back out on the water yesterday on our first Tilefish Trip of 2014.   Fishing on this short notice trip was not what we had hoped for since we spent a good portion of the trip running from the rare Spiny Dogfish.   It didn't seem that depth mattered as we caught them from 400-900 feet.   The tough thing was that it was hard to gauge if there were any Tilefish in the area since the Dogfish got on us pretty quickly on each spot.

Fortunately we had a great group of diehard fishermen who never stopped fishing all day.   A pretty amazing feat as it is easy to get discouraged under those conditions.   Early in the afternoon, we found an area where the dogs were not as ferocious and where there were some Tilefish biting.   It still wasn't great fishing, but we managed to pick Tilefish through the dogs and most people ended up with 3 to 6 Tilefish.

















High hook was Mike Desimone of Red Bank, NJ with 10 Tilefish.   Mike also had the pool winning Tilefish that weighed in at 25 pounds.   Jigging worked well because you could avoid the dogs this way, but Dogfish strip baits worked well too.   If you had squid or Mackerel on you had a tougher time with the dogs.   Due to the fact that we started to catch fish later in the day and that we didn't want to leave what we had found, we didn't really get to poke around that last area too much.   It did seem that Tilefish were there in quantity and we feel that, if we had spent the whole day there, we would have ended up with a decent catch.   We also had some Rosefish, Hake and other bottom dwellers on the trip.

More Short Notice Trips to come – Our plan for the next month or so is to try and put a short notice trip together each weekend if there is a good weather forecast.   The trip may leave on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night depending on the weather.   These trips will be announced on the web site and via e-mail around midweek when we can get a more reliable weather forecast.   For the moment, these trips will be by e-mail/call-in reservation and "pay at the boat" like this past trip.


January 29, 2014

There is a small break in the weather this weekend, so we are trying to put together a TILEFISH TRIP for FRIDAY night, JANUARY 31.   The VOYAGER will be leaving at 11 PM and returning Saturday night by 10 PM.   The fare is $325 and will be "cash at the boat" Friday night.

As with all short notice trips we have to see what kind of response we get and we'll be making a go/no-go decision by midday Friday.   At the moment we are not sure if the galley will be open for the trip.   We won't have ice available, but we're sure you can find some snow for your coolers pretty much anywhere.

If you are interested, please send us an email.   We will put people on the list in the order they contact us.

We will post our 2014 OFFSHORE SCHEDULE on Sunday morning, February 2 since we may be out fishing Friday night through Saturday.


January 25, 2014

We will be posting our 2014 OFFSHORE SCHEDULE shortly.  
Below are a few changes in our trip policies and some information about our Tilefish trips.

VOYAGER TILEFISH TRIPS

Last year we had super trips throughout the year with a mix of GOLDEN and BLUELINE TILEFISH.   We had success on 1, 2 and 2-day trips.   Due to overwhelming demand we have added more weekday and weekend trips to our schedule this season.   In 2014, we will be fishing offshore for TILEFISH every week from the end of April through September.   There are plenty of opportunities to join us and get on the trips you want.

This year we do have a few small changes, the first being the addition of more 2-Day and fewer 1-Day and 2-Day TILEFISH trips.   Last year, the 2-day trips were very popular and fishing was generally very good to excellent.   We have also added a couple 1-day trips where you fish from sunrise to sundown before departing for home.

Last year we did a few 'manual reels only' TILEFISH trips and they were very popular.   We have included a couple manual reel trips in this year’s schedule too.   For those of you that use electric reels you have nothing to worry about since the expanded schedule also has 1 and 2-day trips where you can use them.

Last year many people got to try ROSEFISH for the first time and learned what great table fare they are.   This year we are offering a 1-day combination TILEFISH and ROSEFISH trip.   On this trip we will split time trying for each species as long as conditions permit.

Also new for this season is a 2-day TILEFISH and COD combination trip.   On this trip, we may fish some of the 'Northern Canyons' and find some HAKE and POLLOCK mixed in with the catch.

We also have one CAPTAIN'S CHOICE trip in September which includes a night of TUNA fishing.   Make sure you understand that this trip will not be a strict TILEFISH-only trip before you reserve a spot.   We may fish for various species during the day.   Last year we spent quite a bit of time trolling LONGFIN (ALBACORE) tuna during the day.

Below are trip descriptions for each type of trip.   Please read them carefully as some things have changed since last year.   There is also a section on our booking and payment policy.   As you can imagine this is VERY IMPORTANT to read.


TILEFISH TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

"MANUAL REELS ONLY" –
Electric reels are NOT permitted on trips labeled as manual reels only.

1-DAY TILEFISH – These trips leave at 10:00 PM arriving at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We usually fish until about 3:00 PM and return to the dock between 8:00-9:00 PM.   We fish depths ranging from 400-800 feet and the catch is predominantly TILEFISH.

1-DAY BEGINNERS TILEFISH – For those of you that may be on the fence about fishing for TILEFISH, Dave Arbeitman of the REEL SEAT tackle shop in Brielle, NJ has chartered the VOYAGER for two special BEGINNER'S TILEFISH trips.  These trips will leave at 10:00 PM and return to the dock between 8:00-9:00 PM the following night.   On these trips we will fish shallower spots from 300-500 feet for both BLUELINE and GOLDEN TILEFISH.   The trips also include a special seminar given by Dave on the Sunday before the trip.   Since this is a private charter, please contact Dave directly at (732) 223-5353 if you are interested in going.

The REEL SEAT is also hosting a 2-Day TILEFISH charter that will follow the standard 2-Day schedule outlined below.   Again, please contact Dave directly at (732) 223-5353 if you are interested in going.

2-DAY TILEFISH
– These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We fish until sunset the first day and from sunrise the second day until about 12:00 noon.   We return between 6:00-7:00 PM on the second day.  We fish depths ranging from 400-1,000 feet and the catch is a mix of TILEFISH, HAKE, ROSEFISH, GROUPER and BARRELFISH.  Last year these trips were almost exclusively 'Southern Canyon' trips, but this year we may fish anywhere from the Hudson Canyon to the 'Southern Canyons'.   It is our intention to fish the areas we think should be the most productive for any given trip and not fish a specific area based on a trip description written months earlier.

2-DAY EXPLORATORY TILEFISH
– This trip sails on the same schedule as the standard 2-DAY TILEFISH trip.   On this trip we will try a number of the areas "I always wanted to try, but ran out of time".   We are hoping to find the next 'BIG FISH' or 'HOT SPOT'.   This trip will require patience as great new spots are hard to come by, but if you find one, the payoff can be amazing!

1-DAY TILEFISH
– This trip leaves at 10:00 PM and arrives at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We fish from sunrise until sunset then head for home, returning between 5:00 and 6:00AM.   Depths may vary from 250-1,000 feet.

1-DAY TILEFISH/ROSEFISH
– This trip leaves at 10:00 PM and arrives at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We will target a combination of TILEFISH and ROSEFISH depending on conditions.   We fish from sunrise until sunset then head for home, returning between 5:00 and 6:00AM.   Depths may vary from 250-1,000 feet.

2-DAY TILEFISH/COD – This trip leaves at 10:00 PM and arrives at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   On this trip we are planning to fish canyons from the Hudson out to the Northeast.   On the first day, we will be fishing some deep water wrecks as well as some traditional TILEFISH areas.   Along with TILEFISH, we expect to see some HAKE, POLLOCK and BARRELFISH mixed in with the catch.   On the second day, we plan to fish some traditional, shallower, COD spots before returning home around 6:00 PM.

2-DAY WORLD RECORD TILEFISH HUNT
– This trip leaves at 8:00 PM and arrives at the fishing grounds the following morning.   We fish until around sunset on both the first and second day.   We leave for home around sunset on the second day and return at approximately 6:00 AM the following morning.

Two years ago, our World Record was broken by our friend Angelo Ruvio while fishing on a private boat.   On this trip, we are looking to catch the next world record GOLDEN TILEFISH and retake the title.   We will only fish with manual reels.   No electric reels are allowed on this trip since we don't want to jeopardize a potential world record.

Last season we caught many TILEFISH from 35-50 pounds on this trip.   We also caught a new New Jersey State record BLUELINE TILEFISH.   Congrats to RICK ENGLESBE!   This trip is only going to target big fish.   In other words, we will not be looking to 'bail out' on a slow trip by fishing known small fish areas.   It will require patience and the understanding that you may only catch a few fish, but hopefully they will be quality ones.   If this does not fit your personality or desire, then you should book on one of our many other trips.   While we hope it happens, we are not looking to fill coolers on this trip.

2-DAY CAPTAIN'S CHOICE
– This 2-Day trip will depart at 9:00 PM Sunday September 14 - Tuesday September 16 and there is a mandatory rain date of Monday September 15 - Wednesday September 17.   This trip returns at the same time as the regular 2-day TILEFISH TRIPS.   We will fish for whatever we think we can catch the most of whether it's TILEFISH, ROSEFISH, MAHI or whatever!   On this trip we also intend to include a night of TUNA CHUNKING in addition to the day fishing.   The fishing location will vary depending on the Tuna bite at the time.   Please note that this trip has an alternate bad weather date (rain date) that could push the trip back one day.   DO NOT sign up for this trip if you cannot make the rain date.   This is our only 2-Day trip with this policy.

30-HOUR TUNA/TILEFISH – The boat will sail at 7:00 AM and return around 1:00 PM the following day.   We will fish for TILEFISH from early afternoon until just before sunset and then set up for a full night of TUNA CHUNKING.   Please be aware that we cannot always fish for TILEFISH due to poor wind or current conditions.   If that happens, we will put the entire trip time in for Tuna.


BOOKING AND PAYMENT

Last year we had problems with folks booking a number of trips and then asking to get off of the trips just days before sailing time.   Unfortunately, this caused a problem because we were forced to either be a hard ass and take people's money when they couldn’t show up or to refund/credit the money and sail short of a full boat and lose money.   This was an unfair position for us and also unfair to other customers who wanted to get on a specific trip only to find out it was sold out months in advance.   On top of that, potential customers often did not have time to change their schedules when a spot or two became available just a few hours before a trip.

With the price of fuel predicted to be $5 a gallon this summer and our strict capacity limits, we cannot be responsible for changes in your plans.   If you book a trip and cannot go, it is your responsibility to fill the spot.   We will NOT be keeping a waiting list.   You have to think of it like a Yankees game.   If you buy a ticket and the game is played but you can't go, it is up to you to sell it or give it away.   You wouldn’t expect the Yankees to give you a refund or a credit ticket for next week's game, would you?   In other words, if you buy it, you own it.   So please make sure that you don't have any schedule conflicts before you book a trip.

To book a trip or trips please call our office at (732) 295-3019 or email me from the Voyager web site.  An e-mail is best.   Let me know what trip(s) you want and that you are sending in a reservation form and payment.   I will put your name on the boarding list in the order that you contact us.

Please contact us even if you had previously mentioned that you wanted to be on a certain trip or trips.   It was quite a while ago and we don't want to forget anyone.

Last year we required payment in full within 7 days for any trips you booked.   Since our schedule is coming out much earlier this year, we are doing the following.

We will hold your spot(s) until March 15 with no payment or obligation.  If we do not receive payment by March 15, we will delete you from the boarding list and you will lose your boarding spot and will then need to re-book.   Unfortunately, I am a one-man show in the office this year and between running trips and office work, I will not have time to make courtesy calls to remind you to pay.   It is your responsibility to make your payment on time.

While we always reserve the right to overbook each trip by one person we try not to do it on Tilefish trips since space is always at a premium.   Following the payment procedure above will allow us to stick to our passenger limits.

Lastly, if any 2 or 2-Day trip is significantly shortened due to adverse weather conditions, anglers will receive a credit ticket for a future trip for an amount determined by the Captain.   There will be NO CASH REFUNDS.

We look forward to our 2014 TILEFISH trips and seeing you at the boat.   Thank you for fishing aboard the VOYAGER.


January 1, 2014

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!

We will be posting our 2014 fishing trip calendar soon.

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