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2016 VOYAGER FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

December 31, 2016

As we wrap up 2016, we just wanted to take this time to give you our sincere thanks for fishing aboard the VOYAGER.   The coming year holds some really extraordinary fishing adventures and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.   Thank you once again for being a VOYAGER angler.

BEST WISHES FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Captain Jeff and the Crew of the VOYAGER


December 30, 2016

You probably heard about the Giant Mako caught on the VOYAGER's December 28 Offshore Sea Bass trip.
Here is Jim Hutchinson's full story posted at The Fisherman's website…

MONSTER MAKO CRASHES SEA BASS PARTY
http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=1594&ParentCat=19




December 17, 2016

As we move closer to the end of the year many folks have been asking us what we are doing in January, are we closing up shop?   The answer is HECK NO!

The Voyager will be sailing COD TRIPS TO BLOCK ISLAND and some Northeast Wrecks on the first three Friday nights in January (1/06, 1/13 and 1/20).   The trips will leave at 8:00 PM and Return between 8:00-10:00 PM on Saturday night.  The fare for these trips is $250 per person and reservations are required.   If you would like to book one of these trips, please contact us by e-mail at Info@voyagerfishing.com.





























For those of you looking for shorter trips we will be running OPEN BOAT WRECK FISHING TRIPS on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings at 5:00 AM.   Due to current regulations, these trips will target Porgies, Cod, Ling or whatever we can legally catch.

You can check our TRIP CALENDAR page after 6:00 PM the night before these OPEN BOAT trips to make sure that the weather is favorable and that we are sailing.   We do not plan to sail on poor weather days.

The VOYAGER is scheduled to go to the shipyard around the third week of January for routine maintenance and a few more upgrades.   We expect to be back by mid-February and will post the rest of our winter schedule as we get closer.


December 6, 2016

Due to the forecast for poor offshore weather, the VOYAGER has CANCELED tonight's OFFSHORE SEA BASS TRIP.
   We have added a NEW Offshore Sea Bass Trip for tomorrow night, DECEMBER 7 since the weather seems much nicer.   If you are on the Tuesday night, December 6 trip and want to switch to Wednesday night, and as long as you contact us by e-mail by 6:00 PM tonight, you will have the same or better boarding number.   Send an e-mail to Richie at Info@voyagerfishing.com and let us know.

The weather forecast also looks poor for our Thursday night December 8 Offshore Sea Bass trip.    While this trip has not yet been canceled, we are allowing folks to switch to the Wednesday night trip if they want to.   Once again, please e-mail Richie at Info@voyagerfishing.com and let us know.

We have also added a second NEW OFFSHORE SEA BASS trip leaving 11:00 PM DECEMBER 14 and we have canceled our open boat Marathon Trips for December 8 and December 15.

If you are interested in booking an Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at Info@voyagerfishing.com.


November 30, 2016

Here are a few Offshore Sea Bass trip photos.  You can see lots more on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery page.






























November 21, 2016

Our Mid-Range Sea Bass Marathon trip last week was very good.   We had many Sea Bass limits with some folks having as many as 25 Porgies and some Blues.   Once again we had to weed through many smaller fish to find the keepers, but the action was non-stop all trip.   We have canceled our Sea Bass Marathon for this Tuesday due to poor weather offshore, but we still have more trips scheduled in November and December.   Check out our TRIP CALENDAR page for future dates.

After fair Fishing on our first overnight trip, we tried some different areas over the weekend.   Fishing was much better with many limits of Jumbo Sea Bass and varying amounts of Porgies.   Again, we also had quite a few Blues in the mix and we even saw a few Cod and a Pollock.   The Friday night trip was a bit slower than Thursday night as we had a very strong current the first half of the trip.   As the current eased up, the fishing improved.

We still have spots available on our next two overnight Sea Bass Trips.   The first trip leaves at 11:00 PM Tuesday night November 22, and the second trip leaves at 1:00 AM Black Friday Morning, November 25.

We have added an Open Boat Thanksgiving Day Striper Trip.  The boat sails from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the fare is $65.

If you are interested in booking an Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


November 17, 2016

We made a number of Mid-Range Sea Bass Trips over the past week.   Fishing has been excellent on smaller sized fish with many fish going back due to the new 13" minimum size limit.   Even with the new limit, people are catching enough keepers to make things interesting with some getting limits.   There have also been Porgies and Bluefish mixed in depending on the particular spot.

Our first overnight Sea Bass & Porgy trip was fair.  We had Porgies and Jumbo Sea Bass, but not in the numbers we would like to see.   We're sure things will pick up as the water cools.  (It is still 60 degrees which is warm for this time of year.)   We will be trying different areas each trip until the main migration reaches us.

We have added an open boat Thanksgiving Day Striper Trip.  The boat sails from 6:30 AM to12:30 PM and the fare is $65.

If you are interested in booking an Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.

FYI – Our TRIP CALENDAR page shows all of the VOYAGER's fishing trips for 2016.   Get info on all TRIP TYPES, DATES, DEPARTURE & RETURN TIMES, and FARES for both open boat and reservation-only trips.   Also shows AVAILABLE SPOTS for reservation-only trips.

Also check out our collection of more than 3,000 trip photos on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery


November 10, 2016

Final Voyager Tuna Fishing Report
– Our last couple of weeks of Tuna fishing was up and down.   Some trips were pretty good and on others we just caught a few.   We fished anywhere from the Hudson to the Wilmington canyons with the same results.   All in all, it was a tough year with only a few bright spots.   Hopefully next season will be back to the normal good fishing we expect.

We canceled our final Tuna trip which was scheduled for Saturday night November 12.   If you were scheduled on that trip you will be refunded.




























We have added an open boat 11-hour Sea Bass and Porgy Marathon Trip for this coming Sunday, November 13.   The boat sails from 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the fare is $100.   The weather looks great for this trip!

We start our Offshore Jumbo Sea Bass Trips on Tuesday night November 15.   If you are interested in booking an Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


October 23, 2016

Voyager Tuna Fishing Report for October14 - October 21.
   Tuna fishing last weekend saw a marked improvement.   New 70-71 degree water started moving into the local canyons and brought with it both Yellowfin and Longfin Tuna.




























Saturday night was the best fishing last weekend as we picked at fish throughout the night.  Most fish were caught on bait, but a few were taken on jigs.   Sunday's trip was a bit of a letdown since the tuna didn't start to bite until sunrise and we lost many more than we caught.   After catching a tuna while coming tight on the anchor, the Tuesday trip was a bit of a struggle.   We only caught a handful of tuna during the night.   The conditions were horrible as we had a lot of current up into 20-25 knots of wind.   The boat swung around wildly and the lines went straight to the bow.  After a few moves and an assist from a friend we got into some Yellowfin and Longfin just before daylight, landing another dozen fish to 80 pounds and losing a bunch due to the bad conditions.

Our Thursday trip saw nice weather and decent conditions for a change.   We had Tuna schooling under the boat 10 minutes after arriving on the grounds.   We caught a handful and lost a few, but they really didn't bite the way we had hoped.   We slipped the anchor in for the night and caught an odd fish here and there for a while.   Overnight we had a few good shots at Yellowfin catching fish from 20-40 pounds.   Around 4:30 AM, we had a good blast of big 60-70 pound Yellowfins.   By the time the sun came up, we had landed 50 tuna making this the second best trip for us this season.   PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GALLEY IS CLOSED ON ALL 22-HOUR TUNA TRIPS

We are tied up this weekend due to the bad weather, but with tuna fishing getting better each trip we are chomping at the bit to get back out on the grounds.   We still have spots available for the beginning of November, which is less than 10 days away.   We hope you can join us on a trip soon.

Spots for our November/December Offshore Jumbo Sea Bass and Porgy Trips are going fast.   Please check our
Trip Calendar page for dates and availability.

If you are interested in booking a Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


October 9, 2016

Tuna Fishing Report
– Our last two Tuna Trips showed some improvement in our local canyons.   We had lots of squid and northern sennets around the boat, which are always good signs.   We had a little Tuna "bite" each trip between 6 AM - 7 AM with only an odd fish before or after.   While not great, we ended up with 11 Yellowfin Tuna on our last trip and lost another 6 or 7.    The Yellowfin were almost all in the 60-pound class and were caught on both bait and jigs.   There were also a few reports of Longfin Tuna being trolled, but we didn't get any while chunking.   These are all good signs as there had been virtually no tuna in the area a week ago.   Hopefully things get better each trip.

Mahi-Mahi fishing remains very good and many people have been catching limits on our tuna trips.   We have been putting in some time for Mahi on almost all of our trips.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GALLEY IS CLOSED ON ALL 22-HOUR TUNA TRIPS

If you are interested in booking a Canyon Tuna, Deep-Drop Tilefish or Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


October 5, 2016

Tuna Fishing Report
– On our last Tuna trip we traveled quite a ways to find the water we fished in on the previous trip.   Upon arriving on the grounds we started drifting along the edge in about 100 fathoms.   After losing a few mystery fish, probably sharks, we caught a nice Hammerhead Shark which was released at the boat.   At about the same time this was going on, a large school of Mahi-Mahi found us.   They had to number between 150 and 200 fish.   We started to pick slowly at the Mahi-Mahi and then they started biting better.   We landed about 70 before the school left us.

About an hour later we were overrun by squid, reading them almost 200 feet thick under the boat at times.   We managed to catch a nice Swordfish weighing 125 pounds.   We later had another Swordfish of similar size on, but it broke free after about a 20 minute fight.

Around sunrise we started to read Tuna high up in the water column.   The Tuna soon started breaking around the boat and within a 10-15 minute timeframe we landed seven or eight 50-60 pound Yellowfin Tuna and lost as many.   For the next couple of hours we would read an occasional fish come and go under the boat with a bite once in a while.  We landed a few more and lost another five or six.

It was an interesting trip that kept everyone at the rail all night.  Certainly not a bad trip as far as this season goes.

We should be able to squeeze in a couple of trips before Hurricane Matthew gets here.   Hopefully, we'll have some good reports.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GALLEY IS CLOSED ON ALL 22-HOUR TUNA TRIPS

If you are interested in booking a Canyon Tuna, Deep-Drop Tilefish or Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


September 30, 2016

Tuna Fishing Report
– After a couple weeks of poor Tuna fishing things finally improved.   Chasing a new piece of warm water to our south, we were greeted by beautiful 78 degree water loaded with squid and bait fish.   After catching a bunch of Mahi, we set up on the drift for the night.   We caught Tuna, Swordfish, Marlin and some Sharks during the evening.   We read Tuna numerous times throughout the night.   Sometimes they would bite and other times they would not.   The Tuna bit on both bait and jigs.   High hook for the trip was Nuno DeCosta of Ardsley, NJ with five Tuna.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GALLEY IS CLOSED ON ALL 22-HOUR TUNA TRIPS

If you are interested in booking a Canyon Tuna, Deep-Drop Tilefish or Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


September 25, 2016

Tuna Fishing Report
– The VOYAGER has been out Tuna fishing almost every day over the past couple of weeks.    Except for one night, tuna fishing has been virtually non-existent for us and the rest of the fleet.   We have been trying different areas each trip with pretty much the same results, lots of squid and no Tuna.

The only bright spot has been the Mahi-Mahi fishing which has been very good to excellent with many limit catches for the entire boat.

There is a new body of warm water east of us that appears to be holding some Tuna for the New England boats.   We expect this water to be within our range by next week.   Hopefully this will spark up Tuna fishing for October and November.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GALLEY IS CLOSED ON ALL 22-HOUR TUNA TRIPS

On a different note, we have spots available on our NOVEMBER 13 TILEFISH TRIP.
This 1-day deep-drop trip leaves 10 PM Sunday, November 13, is limited to 26 passengers and the fare is $325.

If you are interested in booking a Canyon Tuna, Deep-Drop Tilefish or Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@voyagerfishing.com.


September 7, 2016

On The Water TV – Tilefishing in the Canyons

A quick edit from a recent shoot for OTW TV, two days of deep-drop fishing aboard the VOYAGER
with Dave Arbeitman from The Reel Seat.   Look for the full episode to air in early 2017


























September 6, 2016

Sorry for the long time between fishing reports.

Our last few Tilefish Trips were excellent.    Not too many jumbo fish, but lots of nice fish with pretty much everyone catching limits of both Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   We also had some Snowy Grouper and Barrelfish.    Our Tilefish/Mahi Combination Trip was also great with Tilefish limits all around and Mahi up to 25 pounds.    Unfortunately, our last two Tilefish Trips have been blown out by Tropical Storm Hermine.   We are looking to add some Tilefish Trips, but available dates are slim.   Keep checking our Trip Calendar web page for added Tilefish Trips.



We started our 2016 Tuna Season last week.    Our first trip was slow with only one Tuna landed and about 60 Mahi.   Our second trip was just the opposite.   We didn't start the trip with Mahi fishing and instead chunked for Tuna as soon as we got to the canyon.   It was the right move and we landed over 50 Tuna including three Bigeye Tuna up to 175 pounds!   Many anglers had limit catches of Yellowfin Tuna on the trip.   We caught Tuna on both bait and jigs, but bait was better.

During the Tuna season, the Voyager Galley will only be open for food on our 30-hour and 2-day Canyon Tuna trips.   If you are on a regular overnight Tuna Trip departing at 5 PM, there will be NO food available for purchase.   We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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@ Lastly, we have changed our e-mail address.

Effective immediately, our new VOYAGER e-mail address is Info@voyagerfishing.com

Please only use our new e-mail address from now on.
  Thanks!

We will continue monitoring our old addresses VoyagerNewsletter@captainjohnfishing.com, jeff@captainjohnfishing.com and FishVoyager@hotmail.com until September 18 and then stop using them.

If you are interested in booking a Canyon Tuna or Offshore Sea Bass Trip, please contact Richie at our new e-mail address, Info@VoyagerFishing.com.


July 20, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

Excellent conditions yielded excellent fishing during our 2-day Tilefish and Rosefish Trip on Monday and Tuesday.   We had a slow drift Monday morning for Rosefish and it was game on right from the gun.   Many anglers had 20-30 each along with a nice mix of Yellowfin Bass, Swallowtail Bass and White Hake.

Fishing was also fast and furious for both Blueline and Golden Tilefish as the drift picked up to a nice pace on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.   We had boat limits for both Tilefish species.

Frank Graziano from Newark, DE won both pools with a 15-pound White Hake and a 28-pound Golden Tilefish.





























July 13, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

We had a 2-day Tilefish charter on Monday and Tuesday.   The weather offshore was drop dead gorgeous with clear sunny skies, a gentle breeze and great drifting conditions.   As nice as it was, the fish did not cooperate and we just had a slow pick all day.   But things changed for the better on the second day and the fishing improved dramatically.   We ended up with a very good catch with many large Golden Tilefish.   Pedro Gonzalez got a huge 46-pound 6.5 ounce Golden to win the pool.














































































































July 2, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

The Red Porgy (Pagrus pagrus) is widely distributed in warm coastal waters of the Western and Eastern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico in depths down to 850 feet.  This one was caught during the VOYAGER's July 2, 2016 2-day Tilefish Trip and was identified by marine biologists at the Smithsonian Institute.   Red Porgies are commonly found over rock, rubble or sand hard bottom over the continental shelf.   They have canine teeth and are carnivores eating fishes, shrimp, crabs, squid, urchins and soft corals.   This one measured about 18 inches long (lower jaw fork length), but they can reach 36 inches.  Red Porgies are commercially harvested and often sold under the names of Common Sea Bream and White Snapper.





























June 29, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

The weather was sunny and clear with light air on the first day of our Record Hunt trip, but there was a strong current near the bottom and fishing conditions were tough.   In the afternoon, we headed northeast to canyons up the line.  The strong current was still present, but there was now a gentle breeze against the current that slowed the drift enough to fish in 750 feet and fishing in the afternoon was okay.   We went further north during the night, but still needed big sinkers on the second day.

We hunted in many spots looking for big fish, but there were no record fish caught on this trip.   We did have three Golden Tilefish weighing over 35-pounds and a Blueline Tilefish weighing nearly 20-pounds.   Greg Hueth won the pool with his Golden and Rob got the second pool with his Blueline.   Some Rosefish and White Hake also came over the rails.
















We still have a few open spots for Tilefish trips on July 5, July 28 and July 31.   See our Trip Calendar page for details.   If you are interested in going on any of these Tilefish trips, send us an e-mail.


June 26, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

We had cloudy weather with some rain during this 2-day Tilefish Trip.   Fishing was okay for Golden and Blueline Tilefish. We also had a nice bunch of Northern Grouper and large White Hake come over the rails.   A handful of Rosefish and Barrelfish completed the catch.   We also got something unusual when a Broad Alfonsino came over the rails.  The fish was identified by marine biologists at the Smithsonian Institute.   Broad Alfonsinos live on the bottom in waters from 500 to 3,000 feet.   They have large eyes and rose to blood red bodies that are silvery below with fins and the inside of the mouth bright red.   They are carnivores and eat fishes, shrimp, crabs, squid and other benthic critters.   The fish measured about 18 inches long (lower jaw fork length) and is an adult.   Broad Alfonsinos are commercially harvested throughout the world and often sold under the names of Imperador, Red Bream, and Tasmanian Snapper.

















June 11, 2016

SEA BASS REPORT

Lots of action on our Black Sea Bass Trips with shorts outnumbering keepers.  Some folks are catching limits and pool fish are in the 3-pound range.















The pool winner on Friday's Sea Bass Marathon was Glen Baker from Point Pleasant, NJ.   Bait is working well and jigs are working well too when there is little wind and a slow drift.  A few Ling are also making it into coolers.
Trip photos are on our Photo Gallery page.


June 9, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

The VOYAGER had a 2-day Tilefish charter trip on Monday and Tuesday.  The weather and currents made drifting conditions challenging at times.   A three pound sinker was necessary much of the time on Monday, and some folks were using four and five pound sinkers on Tuesday.  Regardless, everyone had limit catches of Blueline Tilefish and four to eight Golden Tilefish in their coolers by the end of the trip.  Scott Allison got a Golden that weighed 37-pounds 3.5-ounces and is the current leader in our season-long Tilefish Pool.   And Mike DeSimone got a Golden that weighed 33-pounds 2.0-ounces.  Trip photos are on our Photo Gallery page.
















We still have OPEN SPOTS on our June 23 1.5-day TILEFISH TRIP, our JUNE 29 LIMITED LOAD 2-DAY WORLD RECORD TILEFISH HUNT TRIP, and our 2-DAY TILEFISH TRIP on JULY 2.   See our Trip Calendar page for details.


June 2, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing was decent but not great on our May 30th 2-day Southern Tilefish and Wrecks Trip.   We had no drift during the entire trip, so Golden Tilefish fishing was not too good with maybe two to six fish per person.  However, we had all the Blueline Tilefish you wanted and everyone had limit catches.   Individual Black Sea Bass catches were about 8 per person up to 4.5-pounds.    Rosefish catches averaged 5 to 7 fish per person with a high hook of 15 fish.  We also had a bunch of White Hake with some folks getting 4 or 5 fish.
















We still have OPEN SPOTS on our June 23 1.5-day TILEFISH TRIP, our JUNE 29 LIMITED LOAD 2-DAY WORLD RECORD TILEFISH HUNT TRIP, and our 2-DAY TILEFISH TRIP on JULY 2.
See our Trip Calendar page for details.


May 24, 2016

LING REPORT

Ling fishing has not been that good lately so we will be spending a fair amount of time on this week's Thursday 5/26 LING MARATHON TRIP looking for SEA BASS.   The trip is Open Boat and sails from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

TILEFISH REPORT

Tile fishing was good this past trip with many limits of Blueline Tilefish and some limits of Golden Tilefish up to 30 pounds.

We still have spots available for our 10:00 PM SUNDAY NIGHT, MAY 29 TRIP.  This is a Deep-Water Rocks, Wrecks, Sea Bass, and Blueline trip.   We're sure we'll also see a fair amount of Golden Tilefish on this trip too, but we will be mixing it up a bit.

Due to popular demand we have added a 1.5-DAY TILEFISH TRIP leaving at 10:00 PM THURSDAY JUNE 23.

If you would like to sign up for any of our Tilefish Trips, please e-mail us for reservations.

COD REPORT

We haven't been out for Cod in a while since the fishing was picky the last couple of trips.   We had some nice fish but not enough.   We are hoping that the wrecks have filled in a bit after having time to rest.   We added a LIMITED LOAD COD TRIP leaving at 12:30 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING JUNE 8.   The trip is limited to just 30 people and the fare for the trip is $175.   Reservations are required and must be made by booking on-line at ZERVE


May 23, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing was good on last Thursday's Tilefish Trip.   The drift was slow, but whenever the boat got a little extra push from the breeze, we caught fish.  It was a mix of Blueline and Golden Tilefish, and there were quite a few twenty to thirty pound Goldens.















We still have several open spots on our 2-DAY SOUTHERN ROCKS & WRECKS TRIP for Sea Bass and Blueline Tilefish.   The trip departs 10:00 PM SUNDAY, MAY 29 and the fare is $475.   If you would like to sign up for this trip please send us an e-mail message.


May 18, 2016

SEA BASS season is just around the corner here in New Jersey.
   Early reports are of loads of Sea Bass on the inshore wrecks with limits being caught by accident.
















During the first week of Sea Bass season, the VOYAGER will be sailing SEA BASS MARATHONS on Wednesday May 25, Friday May 27 and Sunday May 29.   These trips will leave at 6:30 AM and return by 4:30 PM, and the fare is $75.   We will also be targeting SEA BASS on our day trip on Saturday May 28 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

SEA BASS MARATHON

6:30 AM to 4:30 PM WEDNESDAY MAY 25

Fare $75

SEA BASS MARATHON

6:30 AM to 4:30 PM FRIDAY MAY 27

Fare $75

SEA BASS TRIP

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM SATURDAY MAY 28

Fare $65

SEA BASS MARATHON

6:30 AM to 4:30 PM SUNDAY MAY 29

Fare $75

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Just as a reminder, these trips are Open Boat and you don't need to make reservations.   We work on a first come, first serve basis, so all you need to do is arrive at the VOYAGER anywhere from one to one-half hour before sailing time.   You can also make an advanced purchase through Zerve and we strongly recommend it.


May 10, 2016

COD REPORT

Cod fishing remained a slow pick on our recent offshore trips.   Some nice fish were caught; just not enough of them.   You can see trip photos on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery


May 10, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT















The offshore weather for our 2-day EXPLORATORY TILEFISH TRIP (5/08-5/10) was chilly and with overcast skies, but we tried a bunch of new spots and put together a decent catch.   Some nice Golden and Blueline Tilefish were caught along with a large Snowy Grouper.

You can see some trip photos on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery.

We have several open spots for our 2-DAY TILEFISH & MID-RANGE WRECKS (Cod, Pollock, Ling) TRIP.
The trip leaves at 10 PM SUNDAY, MAY 15 and the fare is $475.   See our Trip Calendar page for details.
If you are interested in hopping on this trip, send us an e-mail message.


May 4, 2016

TILEFISH REPORT

The offshore weather for our first Tilefish Trip (5/01-5/03) was unusually cold with overcast skies, some rain and lots of pea soup fog, but the FISH WERE BITING.   Many folks made limit catches of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.

You can see some trip photos on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery.





April 29, 2016

HOLY MACKEREL!
   Five at a time!

There are more Mackerel swimming around this year than we have seen in the last ten years.   The schools aren't large, but there are lots of them.   While the VOYAGER doesn't target Mackerel directly, we are running into them on our Cod trips.   You might want to toss a Mackerel rig in your tackle box.


April 26, 2016

COD REPORT

Cod fishing has been slow of late.   High hooks have had anywhere from 3 to 5 fish depending on the trip, but many people have had 1 or none.   We have had some nice sized fish like Vic Bozzuffi's 27-pound pool winner last week.   We also had a couple of 30-pound fish on Saturday.  You can view some pictures from the trips on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery.

There is a lot of bait around this year, mostly Mackerel and Herring.  This is usually a good sign for Cod, but the fish seem to be off of the wrecks chasing the bait.   Hopefully things will settle down as we move further away from the full moon and the fish will stay put on the wrecks.   We still have room on our two LIMITED LOAD COD TRIPS leaving at 1:00 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 4 and 1:00 AM FRIDAY MAY 13.


TILEFISH REPORT

We start our Tilefish season on Sunday night MAY 1 with a 2-DAY TILEFISH TRIP.   We also have a 1.5-DAY TILEFISH TRIP on MAY 5 and a 2-DAY EXPLORATORY TILEFISH TRIP on MAY 8.   All of these trips still have spots available.

If you would like to sign up for one of these Cod or Tilefish trips please e-mail us.


April 23, 2016

Fishing was slow on today's LIMITED LOAD COD TRIP, but the fish were nice sized.
You can view the trip photos on the VOYAGER Photo Gallery.

NEW COD TRIPS added...

1 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 4 – LIMITED LOAD COD
30-60 Mile Wrecks, 35 Passengers, Reservations Required

1 AM FRIDAY MAY 13 – LIMITED LOAD COD
30-60 Mile Wrecks, 35 Passengers, Reservations Required

11 PM FRIDAY MAY 13 – 60-90 MILE WRECK TRIP
Cod, Pollock & Ling, 40 Passengers, Reservations Required

See our TRIP CALENDAR page for details.


April 8, 2016

COD REPORT

We made our first OPEN BOAT COD TRIP of the year with good results.
   Most people had two or three keeper Cod, a couple of guys had four fish and one person had six.  Archie Stewart of Nutley, NJ won the first pool of the year with a 15-pound Cod.   Most fish were caught on bait, but some were jigged, and there were also a couple of keeper Pollock.

You can view some pictures from the trip on our Photo Gallery pages.

Lately, the weather has seemed more like March than April.   Because of high winds and sloppy seas we have canceled our first three overnight wreck trips.   Due to the lack of spots remaining in April, we have added a few more trips in May.

We added two LIMITED LOAD COD TRIPS leaving at
1:00 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 4 and 1:00 AM FRIDAY MAY 13

We have also added a 60-90 MILE WRECK TRIP departing at 11:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 13


If you were already on a trip that was blown out and want to reschedule or you would like to sign up for one of these new trips, please e-mail us.


March 23, 2016

Save The Summer Flounder Fishery FundLast September, the SAVE THE SUMMER FLOUNDER FISHERY FUND (SSFFF) held a stakeholder meeting that recapped the next round of Fluke research the SSFFF is sponsoring and introduced the fishery scientists that are doing the work.

The new research includes two parallel projects.   The first is to create a better assessment model that more accurately portrays the Fluke fishery.   The second is to collect information on sex composition and discards of recreational fishermen on the East Coast.   The goal of this research is creating a better assessment model that more accurately portrays the state of the Summer Flounder fishery.  The results of this SSFFF funded research will be presented at the next NMFS Scientific Peer Review which is expected sometime in 2016/2017.   It will help the feds make a better stock assessment process that ultimately results in the Summer Flounder regulations and catch quotas we get.

The research is well under way and costs are somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000.  The SSFFF has much of the costs covered, but they need our help to raise $25,000 by early summer to complete the research.   Please pitch in and help ensure the future of a healthy Summer Flounder fishery with fair access for all user groups.

Donations can be made by check and mailed to SSFFF, P.O. Box 86, Brielle, NJ 08730

Or you can donate on-line at http://www.ssfff.net/ssfffdonate.html


The Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund was started seven years ago by a group of concerned East Coast anglers and is governed by a board of directors comprised of recreational fisherman, Captains of for-hire fishing boats, and members of the fishing tackle industry.   The SSFFF has no political affiliations and is neither a recreational nor commercial fishing lobbying group.   Their Mission Statement was and continues to be non-political with the simple premise that improved fisheries science funded by the SSFFF will ultimately lead to better management decisions and more equitable access to the stock for all user groups.


March 20, 2016

2016 OFFSHORE SCHEDULE

If you emailed us to hold spots for trips in 2016 and you have not yet sent in payment, please be aware that the "hold" on your spots expires March 31.

If you are scheduled on the APRIL 3 COD TRIP, we need to receive your payment by Saturday, March 26 in order to process your payments by sailing time.

If you sent in a reservation form and payment, you should have received an e-mail confirmation with your boarding number.   If you did not get a confirmation, please e-mail us again.


February 25, 2016

Our 2016 OFFSHORE TRIP CALENDAR is posted on our web site.
   If you have emailed us to hold spots, you should have received a confirmation that your spots are on hold.   If you did not get a confirmation please e-mail us again.

If you have sent in a reservation form and your payment, please be patient.   We are working through them as fast as possible and you should get an e-mail confirmation by next Monday.

If you need to contact us, please do it by e-mail.   Thanks.

We finished all of the big maintenance items at the shipyard and put the VOYAGER back in the water on Tuesday, February 23.   It was quite an interesting process and we wanted you to see what happened during the three hours it took to splash the boat, so we posted a bunch of shipyard photos on our Photo Gallery pages.   We will be bringing the VOYAGER back to Point Pleasant Beach on Friday, February 26.


February 20, 2016


We want to start by thanking everyone who fished with us in 2015.   You made our first season with the new boat a great one!   We hope you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again this year on one of our many adventures.

We are very excited to announce that we built a below deck bunk room.  This serves two purposes; first it opens up the main cabin and gives more room for booth seating.   Secondly, the new bunks are longer and wider for a more comfortable rest.   The new bunk room is air conditioned and heated for your comfort.   Depending on the trip type, about half of the sleeping accommodations are still in the main cabin which is also air conditioned and heated.

We have just posted our 2016 OFFSHORE TRIP CALENDAR

YOU CAN SEE THE 2016 SCHEDULE ON OUR TRIP CALENDAR AND OUR SPECIAL TRIPS PAGES

The following are trip descriptions along with a few important items about our booking policies.


VOYAGER TILEFISH TRIPS

Last year we had super trips throughout the year with a mix of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   Our largest Golden Tilefish was caught by Art Strassler and weighed 49 pounds 8.5 ounces.   The fish bested Andre Mezzasalma's giant by a mere 4 ounces.   We're not sure what our largest Blueline Tilefish was last season, but quite a few were pushing the 20 pound mark.

Last year we had success on all length trips including 1, 1, 2 and 2-day trips.   In 2016, we will be fishing offshore for Tilefish every week from the beginning of May through Labor Day in September.   This year there are plenty of opportunities to join us and get on the trips you want.   Unless otherwise specified, all trips will be limited to 26 people so you have plenty of room at the rail.

This year we do have a few small changes, the most notable being the addition of more 2-day Multi-Species trips.   This comes as a response to those that want to utilize their time offshore to fish for more than one species.   Other new trips you can look for this season include Tilefish/Rosefish, Tilefish/Mid-Range Wrecks (Cod, Pollock, Ling), and Tilefish/Mahi trips.   The other change this season is that we will not be doing a Captain's Choice trip.

Last year we did a few 'Manual Reels Only' Tilefish trips and while they were popular, we reduced them to just two this season.   This year both manual reel trips in the schedule are World Record Hunts.   The first one is a 2-day limited man trip taking only 21 people and the second is a 2-day trip taking the usual 26 people.   For those anglers using electric reels you have nothing to worry about since the expanded schedule also has 1-day and 2-day trips where you can use them.

Two years ago we did a couple of 1-Day Tilefish and Rosefish combination trips.   We caught plenty of Tilefish, but the weather slowed down the Rosefish catch somewhat.   Last year, we did a longer, 2-day combination Tilefish and Rosefish Trip which gave us a shot at good drifting conditions for Rosefish during part of the trip.   Last year the trip was a great success with many extra-large to jumbo "Rosies" coming up plus limits of Tilefish.   This season we will be doing a 2-Day Tilefish/Rosefish Trip in the months of June, July and August.   This is two more than last season because many people who wanted to go got shut out.   On these trips we will split the rail time trying for each species as long as conditions permit.

We have also added in a new 2-Day Tilefish/Mahi Trip for those that want to mix things up a bit and get into some light tackle top water action.   We will utilize the times when the drift is either too fast or slow for good Tilefishing to "pot hop" for Mahi.

Last year, we did our second 2-day Tilefish/Cod combination trip.   We had a boat limit of Tilefish and then hit wrecks where we caught a mix of Cod, Pollock, and Ling.   Despite tough weather on day two, the overall wreck fishing was pretty good.   It was a nice change of pace and a trip that most people really enjoyed.   Everyone ended up with a cooler full of different types of tasty fish.   This year we have a 2-Day Tilefish/Cod Trip scheduled in mid-May and a second trip in late July.   These trips will target Cod, Pollock, and Ling in addition to Tilefish.   Our intention is to Tilefish the first day and wreck fish on the second, but weather will always dictate what we do.

The following are trip descriptions for each type of our offshore trips.    Please read them carefully since some things may have changed since last year.    There is also a section on our booking and payment policy and this is a VERY IMPORTANT section to read.

TILEFISH TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

Please note that Electric Reels are NOT permitted on trips labeled as Manual Reels Only.   All anglers get bunks on Voyager Tilefish trips.   Please see our Trip Calendar page for specific dates.

1-DAY BEGINNERS TILEFISH (Special Charters Only) – 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 to 500 feet for both Blueline and Golden Tilefish.   These trips also include a special seminar given by Dave on the Sunday before the trip.   Since these are private charters, 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 on 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 to 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 Block 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 – These trips sail on the same schedule as the standard 2-Day Tilefish trip.   On these trips 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' and these trips will require patience as great new spots are hard to come by, but if we do find one, the payoff can be amazing!   Two years ago we had some of our largest fish on this trip and our largest fish of the year was caught in an area we first found on this trip.   Last year we were plagued by no drift the entire trip but we still managed a good catch.

1-DAY TILEFISH – These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We fish from around sunrise until sunset then head for home, returning between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.   Depths may vary from 250 to 1,000 feet.

2-DAY TILEFISH/ROSEFISH – These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We will target a combination of Tilefish and Rosefish depending on conditions.   We fish until sunset the first day and from sunrise until about 12:00 noon on the second day.   We return between 6:00-7:00 PM on the second day.   We fish depths ranging from 400 to 1,000 feet and the catch is a mix of Tilefish, Rosefish, Hake, Grouper and Barrelfish.

2-DAY TILEFISH/MID-RANGE WRECKS (COD, POLLOCK and LING) – These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   On these trips we plan to fish canyons from the Hudson out to the Northeast, but you never know.   On the first day, we may 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, Pollock, and Ling spots before returning home around 6:00 PM.

2-DAY WORLD RECORD TILEFISH HUNT – These trips leave at 8:00 PM and arrive 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 5:00-6:00 AM the following morning.
Four 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.   Electric reels are NOT allowed on these trips since the IGFA does not permit them and we don't want to jeopardize a potential world record.

Three years ago we caught many Tilefish from 35-50 pounds on this trip.   We also caught a new New Jersey State record Blueline Tilefish.   Last year, we had some really nice fish early but an extremely fast drift forced us to fish some shallower waters when 5 pound sinkers would not hold bottom.   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 (note: slow fishing is not the same as un-fishable conditions).   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 one of our many other trips.   While we hope it happens, we are not looking to fill coolers on this trip.


VOYAGER TUNA TRIPS

This season we will be starting our Tuna fishing a bit earlier.   Our first trip will be a Saturday morning 30-hour Tuna/Mahi trip at the end of August.   Our only other Saturday morning 30-hour departure will be two weeks later on September 10.   Trips during the first week and a half of September can be found on our Trip Calendar page.   From that point on we go back to our regular schedule of a Tuesday and Thursday morning 30-hour Tuna/Mahi trips followed by 21-hour trips departing at 5:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

New for this season – We are offering a Limited Load Tuna Trip on September 25 and Limited Load 30-hour Tuna/Mahi Trips on September 20 and October 20.   These trips will be limited to just 21 anglers.   For the extra hearty angler we have added a special Columbus Day 2-Day Tuna/Mahi Trip featuring two nights of Tuna fishing.   The trip leaves at 5:00 PM on Saturday night October 8 and returns between 2-3:00 PM on Monday October 10.   Our last new additions are the "later leave" trips designed to capitalize on the Daytime Chunk Bite in November.   These overnight trips will leave at 8:00 PM and return the next evening between 5-6:00 PM.   On these trips we will fish during the prime pre-dawn hours as well as all morning until around noon.   All Tuna trips are limited to 26 passengers unless otherwise specified.   All anglers get bunks on Voyager Tuna trips.


VOYAGER COD TRIPS

We will be doing Friday night 60-90 Mile Wreck Trips in March and April fishing wrecks from 60-90 miles out for Cod, Pollock and Ling.   These trips leave at 11:00 PM and return the following day between 5-6:00 PM.   All anglers get bunks on these trips.

We will also be bringing back the very popular Limited Load Cod Trips which fish wrecks from 30-60 miles offshore.   These trips will be scattered throughout the spring all the way through August.   They leave at 1:00 AM and return between 5-6:00 PM and are limited to 35 anglers.   Last year fishing on these trips was excellent!   Please see our Trip Calendar page for specific dates.   All anglers get bunks on these trips.


VOYAGER SEA BASS TRIPS

This season we will be fishing for Jumbo Sea Bass and Porgies leaving at 11:00 PM most Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in November and December.   We plan to start these overnight trips in mid-November and head out to the eastern wrecks to "meet" the fall Sea Bass migration.   Please see our Trip Calendar page for specific dates.  All anglers get bunks on these trips.


TRIP BOOKING AND PAYMENT

Last year we had problems with folks booking trips and then asking to get off 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.

Due to the cost of fuel 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 going to 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 your ticket 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 e-mail us from the Voyager web site (not any other potentially old and obsolete email address you may have for us) or call our office at (732) 295-3019.

An e-mail is best as they will be processed first

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 and hold your spot until March 31, 2016.   You will not receive boarding numbers until we receive your reservation form and payment.

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.

Since our schedule is coming out early this year, we are doing the following.

We will hold your spot(s) until March 31 with no payment or obligation

If we do not receive payment by March 31, 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 until August 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.   It is also your responsibility to know what trips you are supposed to be on so the excuse of "I forgot I was on last Sunday's trip" will not fly.

Please see our Policies page before sending in any payments

While we always reserve the right to overbook each trip by two people, we try not to do it 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 2016 OFFSHORE TRIPS and seeing you at the boat.

Thank you again for fishing aboard the VOYAGER.


February 14, 2016

2016 OFFSHORE SCHEDULE

Our 2016 OFFSHORE TRIP SCHEDULE will be published at approximately 10:00 AM Saturday February 20.

Please e-mail us your requests only after the schedule is posted.

If you prefer, you can leave a message at (732) 295-3019, but please be aware that e-mails will be processed first.


December 27, 2015

OFFSHORE REPORT

Fishing has been good overall with many limit catches of SEA BASS to 6 pounds and jumbo PORGIES to 3 pounds.  It has not been the lock-and-load fishing that we are used to due to the very high water temperatures this December, but it has still been good.   Unfortunately the federal government will be shutting down the Sea Bass fishery when the ball, or should I say ax, falls at midnight on December 31.   We fought to keep the season open in January and February, but to no avail.   Hopefully, next year's new stock assessment will show the federal fisheries managers that there are more Sea Bass out there than they thought and maybe, just maybe, they will give us a bigger quota.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

A number of people have asked what, if anything, we are going to be fishing for in January.   We do plan to fish the first few weeks of January.   After that we will be going to the shipyard to do a few more upgrades to the boat.   We will be fishing on the weekends from 5 AM to 4 PM.   The trips are "bottom fishing" for COD, LING, & PORGIES and we plan to focus on whatever we think is biting the best.   On Wednesdays, we will focus on COD on the same time schedule.   The trips are all OPEN BOAT, so NO reservations are needed.   All of the January trips are posted on our Trip Calendar page.

2016 OFFSHORE SCHEDULE

Probably the most asked question we have been getting lately has been "When will you be posting the 2016 offshore schedule?" followed by "Can I get on such and such a trip even before you post it?"   Here is the answer to the first question that we give to everyone.   The schedule is just about done, but we are waiting on a few charters to get back to us and also on some fishery regulations in early February that might influence the scheduling of some trips.   That being said, our 2016 Offshore Schedule will be posted sometime around the middle of February.   To the second question the answer is NO.   We will undoubtedly forget someone if we make promises now to put them on specific trips months later, so please email us your requests only after the schedule is posted.

Please make sure you and your friends are signed up for our Voyager Newsletter since we will send out a notification of the exact date and time of posting about a week prior to the schedule going up on the web site.

Last but not least, we want to thank everyone who fished with us this past season.   You really made the first year with the new boat a great one!   We look forward to seeing everyone again this coming season and want to wish you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.


December 18, 2015

On December 12, angler STEVE SINGLER from Philadelphia, PA was aboard the VOYAGER on an offshore Sea Bass and Porgy trip and he landed a HUGE 9-POUND BLACK SEA BASS.

Steve took his Black Sea Bass to Dave Arbeitman's REEL SEAT tackle shop in Brielle, NJ for a weigh-in and the fish was also checked and identified by a New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist.

A NJ state record application form was submitted and on December 17, the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife officially certified the catch as a NEW STATE RECORD SALTWATER FISH.

Steve was fishing with a Shimano rod and reel with 40-pound PowerPro braided line.   Clams on 3/0 hooks served as the bait.   He was bottom fishing in 180-200 feet of water when the big fish bit.   Steve's Black Sea Bass weighs 11-ounces more than the previous NJ State Record and is only 1-pound 4-ounces shy of the current IGFA World Record.

12/12/2015 VOYAGER - Steve Singer with his 9-pound NJ State Record Black Sea Bass





     Here is the official tale of the tape…

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December 1, 2015

OFFSHORE REPORT
















Fishing was generally good over our first weekend of offshore trips.   Many folks had limits or close to limits of Jumbo Sea Bass.   We also had a good showing of Giant Porgies and we caught loads of Bluefish before the sun came up on all trips.   The water is still pretty warm and fishing should improve daily as the temperatures decline and the migration gets into full swing.   Pictures from our trips can be seen on our Photo Gallery pages.

WE HAVE ADDED THREE NEW OFFSHORE SEA BASS & PORGY TRIPS!

10:00 PM MONDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 14
10:00 PM SUNDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 20
  2:00 AM SATURDAY MORNING DECEMBER 26

All of these trips return between 5:00 - 6:00 PM and the fare is $200.   If you are interested in going on any of these trips, please send us an email or call (732) 295-3019.


2015 VOYAGER FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

November 24, 2015

Just a reminder… our ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY STRIPER TRIP will be sailing from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM (sharp) on Thursday morning.   The fare is $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, and $30 for kids.  This is an open boat trip so you can pay cash at the boat or buy tickets by credit card ahead of time on Zerve.

Please be aware that our galley will not be open on this trip.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


November 17, 2015

THE 6:00 AM WEDNESDAY OPEN BOAT SEA BASS, PORGY & LING MARATHON TRIP IS CANCELED

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to the folks that were planning to go.


November 12, 2015

TUNA REPORT

Tuna fishing was very good over the past week and a half.   Unfortunately, the weather kept us sidelined for the past few trips.   Due to these recent cancellations we have added one final tuna trip to our 2015 Tuna schedule.   The trip is 30-hours leaving 7:00 AM MONDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 16 and returning Tuesday between 1-2 PM.   The fare is the usual $400 and reservations are required.   The weather forecast for this trip looks perfect and we should be able to drift when we want to.   Drifting has been the most successful way to catch the tuna during the past two weeks.   If you were blown out on a trip and need to reschedule or just want to get in on the hot action there are still spots available.

To book a trip or re-book a cancelled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


November 11, 2015

SCHEDULE CHANGE

Due to popular demand we have ADDED some OFFSHORE JUMBO SEA BASS & PORGY trips to our schedule.

We have added a trip leaving at 10:00 PM TUESDAY NIGHT NOVEMBER 24 and returning around 5:00 PM Wednesday November 25.

We have also added a SPECIAL BLACK FRIDAY OFFSHORE JUMBO SEA BASS & PORGY trip leaving at 2:00 AM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 and returning around 5:00 PM Friday.   In other words, you will be fishing on Friday.   This trip will fish the same grounds as the 10:00 PM departures do.   Unfortunately, this trip replaces the previously scheduled 4:00 AM Black Friday Cod trip.

If you want to book a trip or re-book a canceled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


November 5, 2015

TUNA REPORT

Just a quick report between trips… We had very good Tuna fishing over the past week.   Our last trip saw mostly Yellowfin and some Longfin with many people catching limits.   The water in the canyons is still 68 degrees, so we should see continued good Tuna fishing well into November and maybe even later! 

We have three Tuna trips that still have available spots.

30-HOUR TUNA TRIP scheduled for 7:00 AM THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12

21-HOUR TUNA TRIP scheduled for 5:00 PM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13

21-HOUR TUNA TRIP scheduled for 5:00 PM SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14


If you want to book one of these trips, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


October 30, 2015


We have added TWO NEW 30-HOUR TUNA TRIPS to the schedule leaving on

7:00 AM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3

7:00 AM THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12

We still have room on both trips and the weather looks great!

We also have room on our 10 PM SUNDAY NIGHT NOVEMBER 1 TILEFISH TRIP.   This is the LAST TILEFISH TRIP OF THE SEASON so if you want one last shot at the Tiles, give us a call.   The weather looks great for this trip too!

If you want to book a trip or need to re-book a canceled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


October 29, 2015

TUNA REPORT

Overall, Tuna fishing was pretty good last week.   We had a couple of trips with 65 fish, a trip with two dozen fish and a couple of tough ones at the end of the week with just a handful.   On some trips we had more Yellowfin and on others more Longfin.   The tunas ranged from 30 to 80 pounds.

There is a warm Gulf Stream eddy sitting just east of our canyons.   The water temperature in the eddy is still over 69 degrees which means we should see good tuna fishing well into November and maybe even later! 

We have added 30-HOUR TUNA TRIPS to the VOYAGER schedule:

7:00 AM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3

7:00 AM THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12

And we still have room on other trips in November.   If you were blown out on a trip and need to reschedule or just want to get in on the hot action there are still spots available.

If you want to book a trip or need to re-book a canceled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.

SEA BASS SCHEDULE CHANGE

We have canceled the Tuesday November 3 and Wednesday November 4 Open Boat Sea Bass trips.   We are sorry for any inconvenience.

TILEFISH TRIPS

We still have room on our Final Tilefish Trips of the season leaving at 10:00 PM NOVEMBER 1 and 10:00 PM NOVEMBER 8.


October 14, 2015

TUNA REPORT

Just a quick report between trips…  We just returned from our best trip of the season to date.   We caught Tuna from start to finish on this one with many Yellowfin limits and lots of Longfin.   Most of the Yellowfin were 60-70 pound fish and the Longfin were 30-50 pounds.   Our total for the trip was 100 Tuna!   We also had a 250 pound Bigeye, some Mahi-Mahi and a 55 pound Wahoo.

There is a warm Gulf Stream eddy just starting to push into our canyons.   The water temperature this trip was a toasty 74.2 degrees.   With these conditions, we should see good tuna fishing well into November and maybe even later!

We have added another 30-HOUR TUNA TRIP to the schedule for 7:00 AM THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5 and we still have room on trips in November.   If you were blown out on a trip and need to reschedule or just want to get in on the hot action there are still more spots available.

If you want to book a trip or re-book a cancelled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


October 1, 2015

TUNA REPORT

The weather has been a factor over the last couple of weeks and we have been forced to cancel a lot of trips.   Way too much easterly wind for this time of year and now an impending hurricane, what's next?   We did manage to squeeze in a couple of trips over the past few days.   The first trip was pretty slow with just a handful of Tuna and some Mahi.   The second trip was better, but we were plagued with rainy conditions for most of the night.   We started out Mahi fishing during the afternoon and it was slow to fair with some people catching 7 or 8.   We then anchored up for the night, but by the time the Tuna started to get hungry most folks were sleeping or soaked from the rain.   For those that did stay at the rail there was a pick of mostly Yellowfin and some Albacore.  Some folks ended up with 2, 3 or 4 Tuna for the trip. 

The water in the canyons is still quite warm at 75.7 degrees.   We saw quite a few Tuna swimming in the slick through the night on the last trip and fishing should continue to improve as the season goes on.

We have added another 30-HOUR TUNA TRIP to the schedule for 7:00 AM Thursday November 5, so if you were blown out on a long trip and need to reschedule there are still more spots available.

If you would like to book a trip or re-book a cancelled trip, please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.

TILEFISH UPDATE

We added two additional 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIPS to our schedule.

The trips will be leaving at 10:00 PM Sunday November 1 and 10:00 PM Sunday November 8 and returning the following night between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM.   The fare for the trip is $325.

If you would like to book either trip please e-mail Richie at FishVoyager@Hotmail.com.


September 21, 2015

TUNA REPORT

We made three Tuna trips this past week.   On our first trip we had excellent fishing for Mahi-Mahi catching a boat limit with fish up to 25 pounds.   Almost all of the fish were gaffers which is rare to see.   At night we drifted in the deep of the canyon.   We quickly landed a handful of Albacore, but then they went away.   Soon after, we began to read fish on the fish finder way down deep.   These were large marks which ended up being Bigeyes.   We hooked lots of them, but due their size we only landed a handful.   We also landed a few Yellowfin through the night.  Bill Tevlin landed four different kinds of tuna on the trip, Yellowfin, Albacore, a 140 pound Bigeye, and a Skipjack.

The next trip started out with good Mahi fishing, but with smaller fish.   The hundreds of small boats out with the beautiful weather picked a number of pots clean of Mahi.   While taking a little longer than the day before, we ended up with a boat limit by the evening.   We started drifting for tuna, but hardly marked any fish at all.   We had a couple Swordfish on and a couple of other large fish that couldn't be stopped, but we never landed a tuna.   After daybreak we moved inshore to look for fish.   We caught a few Yellowfin and lost a few, but we never really got a bite going.

On our last trip we decided to forego the Mahi fishing since two more nights of 100+ boats would have left us even fewer Mahi.   We started out inshore looking for Yellowfin and found good fishing.   We had the fish swimming in the chum slick right next to the boat.   We fished until dark and then moved to the canyon.   At night we drifted again without much going on until around 4:00AM when larger Yellowfin came under the boat with a few Albacore mixed in.   We picked on and off until daylight.   Our total for the trip was 76 fish, 64 Yellowfin and 12 Albacore.   The fish ranged from 20-70 pounds.

On Sunday night bad weather moved in and we canceled our Captain's Choice Trip.   Tuna fishing should remain good after the blow since easterly winds usually push warm water in.   If you want to book a Tuna trip or re-book a canceled trip, please e-mail Richie.


September 14, 2015


Sorry for the long delay between fishing reports, but things have been quite busy here with lots of offshore and inshore fishing trips over the past month.

TUNA REPORT

We made our first couple of Tuna trips this past week.   On our first trip we had good fishing for Mahi-Mahi with fish up to 10 pounds.   At night we drifted in less than ideal conditions catching some beautiful fish and losing others.   There was some action but, in the end, not enough fish.   Frank Pogue of Willingboro, NJ landed a hefty 125 pound Bigeye.   There was another Bigeye caught and a number of Bigeye lost.   We also landed Yellowfin and Albacore Tuna on the trip.

On our second trip we started out with excellent Mahi-Mahi fishing catching over 250 for the boat.   Most of the fish were nice gaffers.   We started drifting and quickly caught a couple of Tuna and lost a couple in poor conditions of 20+ knots of wind.   The wind kicked up from there along with monsoon-like rains so we anchored for the night picking Yellowfin for those who braved the weather.   By morning we had landed 19 Yellowfin and 4 Albacore plus too many Skipjack to count.   Overall it was a good trip.

On both trips we would have done much better had there not been horrible wind and rain during large portions of the night.   Nuno Decosta of Ardsley, NY was high hook with 5 Yellowfin.

We read lots of fish throughout the night which should bode well for upcoming Tuna trips.   If you are interested in booking a Tuna trip please e-mail Richie.

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing remained strong throughout August.  Unfortunately, we were blown out on our last two trips.   Depending on our schedule we may add a couple more Tilefish trips in November.

LING REPORT

Ling fishing ended strong with good catches as the fish moved into the deep.   We will resume Ling fishing next summer.   We do have some open trips in November that will target Ling along with other species.


August 9, 2015

OFFSHORE BOOKING POLICY UPDATE

Unfortunately due to recent events we are forced to reiterate the following from our February newsletter:

Due to our strict capacity limits, we cannot be responsible for changes in your plans.   If you book an offshore trip and cannot go, it is your responsibility to fill the spot.   Please do not ask us to sell your spot as our efforts to do that in the past have frequently resulted in us appearing to be the bad guy when those who said they were filling a spot fail to show up the night of the trip and fail to pay.   The result is those who thought their spots were sold unhappily finding out that they were still on the hook for the fare.   Therefore, we will NOT be keeping a waiting list for sold out trips.   You have to think of it like going to 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 your ticket 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.   If you need to get off of a trip, you can try to sell it on one of the many fishing web sites such as FishingUnited.com, NJFishing.com or Bassbarn.com.

Richie is now handling all bookings so please do not call or e-mail Captain Jeff directly since he is most likely offshore.   To book a trip or trips please call our office at (732) 295-3019 or send us an e-mail (this will go to Richie).   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.


July 26, 2015

TILEFISH UPDATE

Tile fishing has been very good to excellent with most people catching their limit of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   On our last trip we caught a few less Golden Tilefish because we had very little drift all day.   Mr. Kun Kim of New York won the pool with a 44-pound Golden Tilefish.   We have also caught a few Snowy Groupers on our last couple of trips.

We still have one (1) spot available for tonight's 2-Day Exploratory Trip.
Send us an e-mail if you are interested in going.

LING REPORT

Ling fishing was only fair this week.   On Thursday, high hook had 25 fish.   We also had lots of jumbo Flounder and keeper Cod.   Saturday's trip was a bit slower.

We will be running LING MARATHONS on THURSDAYS from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM and LING TRIPS on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


July 15, 2015

TILEFISH UPDATE

Tile fishing has been very good to excellent with most people catching their limit of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   We still have three (3) spots available for Thursday night's 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIP.

On our last trip, Art Strassler won the pool with a 49-pound 8.5-ounce Golden Tilefish.

One (1) spot has opened up on Mike Garone's 2-1/2 day private charter leaving this Sunday night, July 19.   If you are interested in going and need details, please call Mike at (973) 945-1795.

LING MARATHON UPDATE

UNFORTUNATELY, THE THURSDAY JULY 16 LING MARATHON TRIP IS CANCELED
DUE TO POOR WEATHER.




July 12, 2015

TILEFISH UPDATE

Fishing has been very good to excellent with most people catching their limit of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.   On our last trip we also had a small Snowy Grouper, a few Swallowtail Bass, and some giant sized Rosefish.

We still have spots available for our 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIP scheduled to leave Thursday night JULY 16 and fishing Friday the 17th.   The fare for the trip is $400.

We also have one (1) spot that just opened up for our 2-Day Exploratory Trip on July 26.

COD REPORT

Cod fishing was very good again this past week (trip pictures are on our Photo Gallery).   Borce Gjorsoski of Elmwood Park, NJ won the pool with a 30-pound 2-ounce monster Cod.   Mike DiTore of Philadelphia, PA came in second with a beautiful 29-pound 4-ounce fish.   Many people had 4 to 10 keepers plus some shorts.   Our next Cod trip is leaving 1:00 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING JULY 29.   Spots are still available and must be booked through ZERVE.

LING REPORT

This week's Ling Marathon Trip was good.   We had poor anchoring conditions, but still managed a decent catch.   Most folks had 10 to 20 Ling and their limit of Sea Bass.   High hook ended up with about 35 Ling.   There were also a few keeper Cod caught.
 
Saturday's Ling/Sea Bass trip was okay in the morning with a mix of Ling and Sea Bass, but slower in the afternoon when the current really picked up.

LING MARATHONS LEAVE AT 6:30 AM EVERY THURSDAY.   LING AND SEA BASS TRIPS LEAVE AT 7:30 AM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS   (PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A PRIVATE CHARTER SATURDAY MORNING JULY 18, SO THERE WILL BE NO MORNING OPEN BOAT TRIP.)


July 5, 2015

TILEFISH REPORT

Tile fishing has been very good to excellent
with most people catching their limit of Golden and Blueline Tilefish.
We still have 3 spots available for tonight's trip.

We have added a 1-Day Tilefish Trip to the schedule leaving 10 PM THURSDAY NIGHT JULY 16 and fishing Friday the 17th.

COD REPORT

Cod fishing was very good again this past week
(trip pictures are on our Photo Gallery).   Sam Suhoke won the pool with a 32-pound 9-ounce monster Cod.   Many people had 4-10 keepers plus some shorts.   OUR NEXT COD TRIP IS LEAVING 1:00 AM FRIDAY MORNING JULY 10 and spots are still available.

ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

LING REPORT

This week's Ling marathon was quite good.
  We had nice conditions and were able to cover some ground drifting.   Most people had 15-30 Ling.   High hook was Lenny Wojtaszek from Jackson, NJ with 44.   There were also a few Cod and Sea Bass caught. 

LING MARATHONS LEAVE 6:30 AM EVERY THURSDAY


June 12, 2015

TILEFISH UPDATE

WE HAVE JUST ADDED A 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIP TO THE SCHEDULE.
   The trip leaves 10:00 PM Thursday night July 16 and we fish Friday the 17th.
                                   
COD REPORT

Cod fishing was very good again this past week.
   Tony Howard of Fairfield, NJ won the pool with a 38-pound 9-ounce monster Cod.   Marty Dowling of Long Island took second with a beautiful 28-pound 4-ounce Cod.   We had some nice Pollock and lots of action with short Cod.   We are looking to add a few more Cod trips as our schedule permits.

















SEA BASS REPORT

Sea Bass fishing was very good on today's marathon with many limits and lots of throwbacks to keep people busy.

We have SEA BASS MARATHONS departing at 6:30 AM EVERY FRIDAY IN JUNE

















LING REPORT

We finally made it out on a Ling marathon and fishing was quite good.   It took us a few drops to get dialed-in, but when we did it was pretty good.   Most anglers had between 10-25 Ling.   There were also a few Cod and Sea Bass caught.  Noel Otto of Manasquan, NJ won the pool with a Cod.
                                 
LING MARATHONS LEAVE at 6:30AM EVERY THURSDAY


June 8, 2015

COD REPORT

June 6June 6Cod fishing was very good again this past week.

Jack Decker
won the pool with a 32-pound 3-ounce Cod and Ozzy took second place with a 30-pound 8-ounce Cod.   We also had some large Pollock up to 27-pounds.

WE HAVE ADDED A COD TRIP FOR 5:00AM WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 and the weather looks great.   The trip is Open Boat so you can just come on down or you can buy tickets on ZERVE.







SEA BASS REPORT

As we had predicted, the easterly winds earlier in the week brought in warm water and the fish started to bite.   We had good fishing and great weather for Sunday's Sea Bass & Ling Trip.

Several folks had their limit of keeper Sea Bass and most others had 6 to 8 keepers plus a couple of Ling to round out their catches.   There were lots of bites for all and many short sea bass were released.   A keeper Cod won the pool.

We have another SEA BASS MARATHON departing at 6:30 AM Friday June 12, and we will be concentrating on Sea Bass on the 7:30 AM Saturday June 13 and 7:30 AM Sunday June 14 trips.




LING REPORT

Unfortunately, we did not make it out last week on the Ling Marathon due to bad weather.   We have spoken with some New York party boats that have been Ling fishing (Sea Bass is still closed in NY) and they say that the fishing has picked up over the past few days.

The weather looks good for this Thursday's LING MARATHON TRIP trip at 6:30AM.


June 7, 2015

We have added an OPEN BOAT COD TRIP leaving at 5:00 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING JUNE 10.
The fare is $100.   Fishing on our recent Cod trips has been very good.

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June 4, 2015

NOAA ANNOUNCES AN EMERGENCY ACTION FOR BLUELINE TILEFISH

7 Blueline Tilefish per person per trip possession limitFisheries of the Northeastern United States: Blueline Tilefish Fishery; Secretarial Emergency Action
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/04/2015-13407/fisheries-of-the-northeastern-united-states-blueline-tilefish-fishery-secretarial-emergency-action


On June 4, NOAA announced an emergency action that temporarily implements possession limits for Blueline Tilefish until a long-term management plan is developed by the Mid-Atlantic Council.   While the focus of this emergency action is to stop the commercial fleet from landing large quantities of Blueline Tilefish, recreational fishing is also affected.

  A commercial possession limit of 300 lb. whole weight per trip.

  A recreational possession limit of seven Blueline Tilefish per person, per trip.

Since most of our Tilefish trips are multi-day, we were hoping for a seven fish per person per day limit, but what NOAA announced is certainly better than the one fish per vessel per trip limit proposed by the South Atlantic Council.

We wish to thank U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ, District 6) for stepping in and bringing our concerns to NOAA and the Southern Atlantic Council's attention.    We also wish to thank Jim Donofrio and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) for working behind the scenes on this issue.    Together, they helped stop an unsubstantiated regulatory change that would have stuck us with a one Blueline Tilefish per vessel per trip limit, shut down the recreational fishery, and affected many people's livelihoods.


May 31, 2015

COD REPORT

We're happy to report that our Limited Load Cod and Pollock Trip was very good again this past week.   We saw many fish in the twenty pound class come over the rails.  Joe Bingler won the pool with a 34 pound Cod and Jack Decker took second place with a 31 pound Cod.
                                               
By popular demand we have ADDED TWO MORE LIMITED LOAD COD AND POLLOCK TRIPS.   The trips will be boarding at 11:59 PM Friday night June 5 and 11:59 PM Tuesday night June 30.   They will depart at 1:00 AM Saturday morning JUNE 6 and 1:00 AM Wednesday morning JULY 1.   That means we will be fishing on SATURDAY and WEDNESDAY respectively.   Boarding will be in order of booking.
 
The trips will leave at 1:00 AM and return about 5:00 PM the same day.   The trip is limited to 34 anglers and the fare is $150.  ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

LING REPORT

Ling fishing has started to pick up, but the southerly winds have kept the water cold for this time of year.   Hopefully, things will pick up as the water warms and more fish migrate inshore.

Our first LING MARATHON trip leaves at 6:30 AM THURSDAY JUNE 4

SEA BASS REPORT

Sea Bass fishing was picky on the first couple of marathons.   There were a couple of limits, but not as many as we would like.   Shorts out-numbered keepers by about 4 to1.   Just as with the Ling fishing, the southerly winds have kept the waters abnormally cold.   We read lots of fish on the fish finder, but they don't bite like they should.   Hopefully, the easterly winds predicted for early this week will bring in some warmer water and fishing will pick up.
 
Our next SEA BASS MARATHON trip is 6:30 AM FRIDAY JUNE 5


May 28, 2015

Until recently, there were no recreational regulations for Blueline Tilefish in our region.   And within the span of a few weeks, we are now facing the specter of a one fish per vessel per trip restriction, which in effect closes the recreational Blueline Tilefish fishery.

This regulatory action is based on a South Atlantic Fishery Management Council study that does not contain any data from our regional waters.   And since it is being treated as an emergency action, we do not have a chance to voice our concerns or opposition.   Unsubstantiated regulatory changes are an economic and jobs issue and many people's livelihoods are in jeopardy because of them.   In turn, this regulatory action denies reasonable access to a public resource (the fish) and your right to fish for sport and for table fare.

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) threw his hat into the ring regarding the proposed recreational Blueline Tilefish regulations for our region.   On May 27, Congressman Pallone wrote the following to Roy Crabtree, the Southeast Regional Administrator for the NOAA Fisheries Service…

"I write today regarding a request you have received to regulate recreational catch of Blueline Tilefish along the Atlantic coast.   The request would apply a restriction in Amendment 32 of the Snapper Grouper fishery management plan to the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Council jurisdictions.   The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has asked for restrictions in its waters to be carried out along the entire length of the Atlantic coast.   I respectfully request that you deny the request to apply this catch limit to the Mid-Atlantic and New England jurisdictions."

"I am concerned that there is not sufficient data from the Mid-Atlantic and New England jurisdictions to conclude that catch limits for the Blueline Tilefish stock are necessary in this region.   While a recent stock assessment has shown the stock is overfished in the South Atlantic region, I have seen no data to that effect from other jurisdictions."

"I am also opposed to this restriction being considered as an emergency action because there would be no public comment period or ability for affected stakeholders to have their voices heard about the impact this action will have on recreational fishing and local economies.   Recreational fishermen I have spoken to assert that fishing for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic and New England jurisdictions is more limited than in the South Atlantic and occurs very far from the shoreline.   There is no reason to consider the resource overfished in the Mid-Atlantic and New England."

"Approving this request without data to back it up would be detrimental to the shore economy in my region, of which recreational fishing is a large factor.   I urge you to use caution as you consider this request.   With no sufficient data from the northern waters to substantiate this request, I believe applying this restriction outside of the South Atlantic region at this time is premature and without basis.   Thank you for your attention to this important matter."

We thank Congressman Pallone for his help and hope that our other elected officials will join in.   The only way to stop this drastic regulatory change from happening is to contact our politicians.   We urge you to speak up and contact your Senators and Congressmen today!   Remind them this is a jobs issue and many people's livelihoods are in jeopardy because of these unsubstantiated regulatory changes.

Click here to download a copy of Congressman Pallone's letter to NOAA.

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May 23, 2015

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing has been very good on all of our last Tilefish trips.  We still have room on our 2-day Tilefish and Cod Combo Trip leaving 10:00 PM Sunday night May 31.   We will fish for Tilefish from sunrise to sunset on the first day and then fish for Cod on the second day and return home around 6:00 PM.   If you are interested in going, please send us an email.                  

COD REPORT

We're happy to report that our Limited Load Cod and Pollock Trip was very good this past week.   We saw many quality fish come over the rails with Pollock up to 25 pounds and Cod up to 32 pounds.

















Dennis Fuchs of Cranford, NJ won the pool with a 32-pound Cod and Archie Stewart of Nutley, NJ won second place with a 28-pound Cod.   High hook was Mark Adamarek with nine Cod.
                                       
By popular demand we have added one more Limited Load Cod and Pollock Trip.   The trip will be boarding at 11:59 PM Friday night May 29 and depart at 1:00 AM Saturday morning May 30.   That means we will be fishing on SATURDAY.   Boarding will be in order of booking.
 
The trip will leave at 1:00 AM and return about 5:00 PM Saturday May 30 and the trip is limited to 32 anglers.   The fare is $150 and ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

LING REPORT

Ling fishing has started to pick up, but it is not what it should be for this time of year.  Hopefully, things will pick up as the water warms and more fish migrate inshore.

Our first Ling Marathon leaves at 6:30 AM Thursday morning MAY 28

SEA BASS REPORT

The New Jersey Sea Bass season opens Wednesday May 27.    We have two SEA BASS MARATHON TRIPS scheduled for opening week.

6:30 AM - 4:30 PM on WEDNESDAY MAY 27

6:30 AM - 4:30 PM on FRIDAY MAY 29

The trips are OPEN BOAT and the fare is $75.


May 21, 2015

The following is an update on the Blueline Tilefish situation for recreational anglers…

On May 10, we told you about the crazy and conflicting proposed recreational regulations from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for Blueline Tilefish and asked you to contact U.S. Senator Cory Booker and speak out.   Well, enough of us did just that and we got the following response from his office.

Good Afternoon,
 
I wanted to be sure you saw Senator Cory Booker's remarks and questions at yesterday's Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard hearing.   The hearing focused on data collection's importance to Fishery Management.   The Senator was able to raise concerns about the Blueline Tilefish recreational catch limit to NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.   An archived video can be found here; the Senator's comments on Blueline are at the 1:04:10 mark.   Please feel free to share with your networks and thank them for their advocacy.

We will keep you posted on what we hear back from NOAA.

Best,
Zach

Zach McCue Projects Specialist
U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker
One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
973-639-8700 973-639-8723 (fax)
Zach_McCue@booker.senate.gov



As mentioned above, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing entitled "Improvements and Innovations in Fishery Management and Data Collection" on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.   U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chair of the subcommittee and ranking member U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) convened the hearing.

The hearing focused on the importance of reliable fishery data and fish stock assessments.   Witnesses discussed how innovative data collection and scientific methods can improve the accuracy of stock assessments and lead to better fishery management.   The full video archive of the hearing can be found at:

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=0d31f7df-1cb0-476a-9d64-a848b874b1a7&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a


The following is an excerpt from the hearing…

Senator Booker
- "I wrote a letter to NOAA in March regarding the emergency regulations from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council on recreational catch limits for the Blueline Tilefish.   Since then, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has recommended to NOAA a one fish per vessel per day recreational limit, not only in its own jurisdictional boundaries, but throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions as well.   I'm sensitive, very sensitive, to the importance of protecting against overfishing.   This recommendation though is highly irregular and I'm concerned that it may have severe impacts on New Jersey recreational fishers.   So as NOAA works to implement an interim rule based upon the best available science, can you help ensure that the recreational catch limits are measures that recur rather than close the fishery while the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council develops their own long term management plan?"

Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, NOAA - "I'll have to probe the administrative mechanics of that a little more carefully Senator before I can give you a definitive answer and let me begin by apologizing that our response to your letter has been delayed by this added complexity of the other council inputs.   We are looking at the new inputs in the context of your letter and the earlier request from the Mid-Atlantic council and I'll be happy to get you a more detailed answer."

Well, at least the Blueline Tilefish issue is on the table and now we'll have to wait and see how NOAA reacts to Senator Booker's query.


May 16, 2015

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing was very good on our last Tilefish trip.
   We caught plenty of Blueline and Golden Tilefish up to 20 pounds.   We also caught Yellowfin Tuna and a Mako Shark.   There were no dogfish in any spots we fished.

With such good fishing we have added a SPECIAL WEEKEND 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIP.   The trip leaves 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 22 and returns around 5:00 AM on Sunday morning.   The fare for the trip is $400.   If you are interested in going, please send us an e-mail or leave a message at 732-295-3019.   E-mail is always best.

COD REPORT

COD Fishing was fair this past week.
   Most anglers had 1-3 keepers and 1-10 shorts.   Dennis DePalma won the pool with a beautiful 30-pound Cod.

Our next OPEN BOAT COD TRIP is 5:00 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 20

LING REPORT

Ling fishing has been very slow.
   We have canceled the Thursday May 21 Ling marathon and also the Saturday May 23 trip to give the Ling a little more time to move in.   The Sunday May 24 trip will be for Cod and Ling 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.   Hopefully, things will pick up as the water warms and the fish migrate inshore.


May 12, 2015

TILEFISH REPORT

Fishing was very good on our last Tilefish trip.
   We caught plenty of Blueline and Golden Tilefish up to 25 lbs.   We also caught some White Hake, Barrelfish, and Rosefish.   Some spots still had some dogfish that were an annoyance and other spots had none.   We still have room on our Blueline Tile, Rocks and Wrecks trip Sunday Night May 17.   If you are interested please send us an e-mail.

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WE HAVE AVAILABLE SPOTS ON OUR NEXT TWO TILEFISH TRIPS

1-day TILEFISH TRIP leaving at 10:00 PM THURSDAY NIGHT MAY 14

2-day TILEFISH TRIP leaving 10:00 PM SUNDAY NIGHT MAY 17


If you are interested in going on these trips, please send us an e-mail.

COD REPORT

Cod fishing was up and down this past week.
   One trip was very good with large fish and the other trip was a tough one with only a couple of big fish and not enough smaller ones.

Here are a few notable catches from the past week.   Frank Guerra of Union Beach and Richie Conti of Canarsie combined for 11 fish from 15-42 pounds.   Dennis DePalma of Montville had two Cod one of which was his personal best weighing 31 lb. 7 oz.   Walt Teunisen of Atlantic Highlands had three fish to 29 lbs. 11 oz.   Joe Bingler had a beautiful 32 lb. 11 oz. fish topping three he caught.

















The Wednesday OPEN BOAT COD TRIP has been moved to Thursday.
Our next OPEN BOAT COD TRIP is 4:30 AM THURSDAY MAY 14.

WE STILL HAVE AVAILABLE SPOTS ON OUR
SPECIAL LIMITED LOAD COD AND POLLOCK TRIP ON FRIDAY MAY 22

The VOYAGER will be leaving at 2:00 AM and returning about 5:00 PM and the trips are limited to 30 anglers.
The fare is $150 and ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

LING REPORT

Ling fishing has been very slow.
   Hopefully, things will pick up as the water warms and the fish migrate inshore.


May 10, 2015

NO BluelinesMany of you have heard about the proposed Blueline Tilefish regulations of 7 fish per person per trip.   We all thought that was a real slap in the face considering there was no limit on Blueline Tilefish at all up to this point.    Now the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) has taken it one step further.   Even before the 7 fish rule goes into effect, the SAFMC wants to limit us to one (1) fish per boat!   That means we would be allowed to keep more Bluefin Tuna than Blueline Tilefish.  In effect, this is a complete closure.

You've asked what you can do about it, so here it is…

It appears that the only way to stop this drastic regulatory change from happening is to contact our politicians.   Our own United States Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker is on the fisheries committee and he can help us stop this.   What he needs is input from his constituents, and that's US.   And he needs it now!   We only have a couple of weeks before this goes into law.   We all need to call Senator Booker's office at (973) 639-8700 and ask for his staffer, Zach McCue.   Demand that Senator Booker blocks this regulation change until a stock assessment is conducted and a comprehensive catch survey is completed.   To date neither has been done, so the proposed closure is not based on substantiated facts or science.   Remind him this is a jobs issue and many people's livelihoods are in jeopardy because of these unsubstantiated regulatory changes.


April 27, 2015

CANCELED TILEFISH TRIPS

We canceled the Friday April 24 1-day Tilefish Trip and the Sunday April 26 2-day Tilefish Trip because of poor offshore weather conditions.   If you were on either canceled trip, please send us an e-mail and let us know if you want to switch to another trip or get a refund.   Your payment will be put on credit until we hear from you.


WE HAVE AVAILABLE SPOTS ON OUR NEXT TWO TILEFISH TRIPS

1-day TILEFISH TRIP leaving at 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 1

2-day TILEFISH TRIP leaving 10:00 PM SUNDAY NIGHT MAY 3

If you are interested in going on either trip, please send us an e-mail.


WE HAVE AVAILABLE SPOTS ON OUR SPECIAL LIMITED LOAD COD AND POLLOCK TRIPS
ON FRIDAY MAY 8 AND FRIDAY MAY 22


The boat will be leaving at 2:00 AM and returning about 5:00 PM and the trips are limited to 30 anglers.

The fare is $150 and ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

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April 24, 2015


NOTICE - THE TILEFISH TRIP SCHEDULED FOR 10 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 24 IS CANCELED due to poor offshore weather conditions.   The weather forecast for Friday night and Saturday is calling for high winds and high seas that make deep drop fishing impossible.

WE HAVE ADDED A 1-DAY TILEFISH TRIP FOR 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 1
If you were on the canceled trip and want to switch to the new trip, please contact us by Sunday night 4/26, e-mail is best.   If we hear from you by Sunday night, you will be guaranteed the same boarding number or better.   On Monday, April 27 the trip will be opened up to the public.   Fishing on our last Tilefish Trip was very good and if you are interested in going, please send us an e-mail.


April 20, 2015

Cod fishing has been sporadic.
   We have been seeing a few nice Cod on most trips plus a bunch of small keepers and throwbacks.   We hope the recent easterly weather will shake things up a bit.

Our next Open Boat Cod Trip is 5:00 AM WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

Our first Tilefish Trip of the season was a good one!
   We had good shots at Blueline Tilefish with some Goldens mixed in.   At times, we saw as many as 4 or 5 double-headers coming in at a time.   The pool winning Tilefish was a 30-pound 12-ounce beauty caught by Frank Graziano of Newark, Delaware.   Dogfish were present but not too much of a pain.

















WE HAVE SOME SPOTS OPEN ON OUR NEXT TWO TILEFISH TRIPS OF THE SEASON THIS COMING WEEKEND.

The Friday night trip is a 1-day trip leaving at 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 24 and returning in the early morning hours on Sunday (probably 4-5 AM).  The fare is $400.

The second trip is our first 2-day trip of the season.   It leaves 10:00 PM SUNDAY NIGHT APRIL 26 and returns around 6 PM on Tuesday.   The fare is $475.

If you want to join us on either Tilefish trip, please send us an e-mail.


April 15, 2015

We have added two SPECIAL LIMITED LOAD COD & POLLOCK TRIPS to our schedule.

The trips will be sailing on FRIDAY MAY 1 and FRIDAY MAY 8 and are limited to just 30 anglers.   The boat will be leaving at 2:00 AM and returning about 5:00 PM.

The fare is $150 and ALL SPOTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH ZERVEbuy tickets at Zerve

WE STILL HAVE SOME OPEN SPOTS ON OUR FIRST TILEFISH TRIP OF THE SEASON.


It's a 1-day trip leaving at 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 17 and returning in the early morning hours on Sunday (probably 4-5 AM).   The fare is $400 and at the moment, the weather forecast is beautiful with winds of less than 10 knots predicted.   If you want to join the trip, please send us an e-mail.


April 13, 2015


Last Friday's trip was terrible with some shorts and just a few keepers.   The weather really slowed things down as there was a giant easterly swell which made fishing tough.   Fishing rebounded over the weekend as the swell dissipated.

Saturday's Offshore Wreck Trip had overall good fishing.   The weatherman totally blew the forecast and we never saw a whitecap all day.   Some drops were slow, some were okay and one was very good.   Everybody caught 6 to 12 shorts plus up to 5 keeper Cod.   Most of the keepers were just big enough, but we did have some 10-20 pound Cod boated.   We also had a few nice shots of Super Jumbo Ling with many folks catching 6 to 12 or more.   The Ling were loaded with whole giant Herring!

Sunday's Offshore Wreck Trip saw fewer shorts than Saturday, more quality fish, some Pollock up to 20 pounds and a few Ling.   There was action, but not as much as we had expected for this trip.   We were constrained somewhat since the beautiful weather brought out many small boats and they were on other spots we wanted to fish.

The next VOYAGER Open Boat Cod Trip is 5:00 AM WEDNESDAY APRIL 15 and the weather forecast looks great.

WE STILL HAVE SOME OPEN SPOTS ON OUR FIRST TILEFISH TRIP OF THE SEASON.

It's a 1-day trip leaving at 10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 17 and returning in the early morning hours on Sunday (probably 4-5 AM).   The fare is $400 and at the moment, the weather forecast is beautiful with winds of less than 10 knots predicted.   If you want to join the trip, please send us an e-mail.


April 8, 2015

Today's Open Boat Cod trip is cancelled due to bad weather.

On the Monday, April 6 Open Boat Cod trip, we knew it was going to be hard to repeat last week's performance and unfortunately we were right.   Fishing was pretty slow for a nice crowd on Monday.

We had a few big fish with the pool winner around 30 pounds as well as some shorts and some ling, but not nearly enough for the folks on board.

Hopefully a few days of rest will recharge the wrecks and we can get another shot at the nice size Cod.


April 4, 2015

We have added an OPEN BOAT COD TRIP for 5:00 AM MONDAY MORNING APRIL 6.

This is an Open Boat trip (reservations are NOT required) and the fare is $100.   If anyone has purchased a ticket on Zerve for any other open boat COD trip we will honor it on Monday if you decide to take advantage of the nice weather.

Fishing on our last open boat trip was excellent.   Check our 2015 Photo Gallery page to see the trip photos.


April 3, 2015

We have CANCELED our Friday night APRIL 3 OVERNIGHT WRECK TRIP due to bad weather.

We have ADDED an OVERNIGHT WRECK TRIP departing 11 PM SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 11.

If you were on the canceled trip and want to switch to the new trip, please contact us by this Sunday night, e-mail is best.   If we hear from you before Monday morning, you will be guaranteed the same boarding number or better.   On Monday, the trip will be opened to the public.   The new trip is limited to 32 Passengers and the fare is $200.   Reservations are required and the call-in time is 6:00 PM on 4/11.

Our first Open Boat Cod trip on April 2 was excellent… the Cod were snapping!
You can see the trip photos on our 2015 Photo Gallery page.


















April 1, 2015

We have added an OPEN BOAT COD TRIP for 5:00 AM Thursday morning April 2.
   The VOYAGER returns to the dock at 4:00 PM and the fare is $100.

If anyone purchased a ticket on Zerve for either April 1 or 3, we will honor it on Thursday if you decide to take advantage of the nice weather.


March 29, 2015


The weather has really slowed us up as winter just doesn't want to quit.   We are still working hard to get the boat ready for April 1.   Many folks have asked if we are still sailing on April 1.

We probably are, but PLEASE CHECK OUR TRIP CALENDAR AFTER 6 PM TUESDAY NIGHT to confirm.

Make sure the April 1 trip does not say "cancelled" on the far right hand column.  We're sorry we had to cut it this close, but between the ice and the cold weather, things moved slower than expected.   Thanks for your patience, it will be worth it.


March 14, 2015


Work continues at the shipyard and we are trying to get the air conditioning units for the main cabin in place by mid-week.   We are finally getting hauled out of the water on Monday so we can paint the bottom and install a new transducer for the fish finder.   Hopefully, we don't find any unexpected problems caused by our trek through the polar-grade ice floes on our way to the yard.   If all goes well the VOYAGER will start fishing on April 1.

Just a final reminder to those who have already booked offshore trips for this year…   Unless you have spoken with us about any special situations, if you have not yet paid your fare, you still have until March 15 to get your payment in before being scratched from the boarding list.   If we don't receive payment by March 15, you will have to rebook your spot if one is still available.

Regarding the May 17 Blueline Tilefish and Sea Bass trip.   Due to NJ State and Federal regulations, we may not be able to target some species on this trip.   It is still not clear on the NJ Sea Bass regulations or the number of Blueline Tilefish we will be allowed to keep (see below).   The trip will still be sailing as scheduled, but we may have to make it a 2-day Tilefish Trip if things don't go our way.   If anyone wants to switch off of the trip because of these fisheries management issues, please let me know by April 1.   If I don't hear from you, I will assume you are still "in".

Many people have read John Oswald's articles in the Asbury Park Press on the Blueline Tilefish issues that are currently going on.   And a number of anglers have contacted me asking about our summer trips and what, if anything, does it mean to the VOYAGER.   The long and short of it is as follows.   We are most likely going to be fishing on a 7 fish per trip (not per day) bag limit for Blueline Tilefish.   If the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and their Science and Statistical Committee determine there is only one stock of Blueline Tilefish for the entire east coast, then they will propose an emergency action to regulate our area with a 1 fish per boat limit.   Our personal guess from discussions with those "in the know" is that we will be fishing on the 7 fish per trip limit for the entire season.   Again, this is just our guess from the discussions we've had with some folks.   Despite this cutback, our trips will continue as scheduled and we will try to find new grounds with large Golden Tilefish and new hard bottom areas with Rosefish, Hake, and Grouper.   We may also do some Sea Bass fishing on these trips when it is open.   We plan to do everything we can to fill your coolers with plenty of tasty fish from the deep.

While a 7-fish bag limit seems harsh, it is a stepping stone to having the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council manage the Blueline Tilefish stock in our area.   The Mid-Atlantic Council is generally more reasonable and easier to deal with than their southern counterpart.   Hopefully, when and if a better stock assessment is done, they will see that the Blueline Tilefish stock is healthy in mid-Atlantic waters and regulations can be liberalized.

Below is a letter from Rick Robbins, the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to John Bullard, head of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Region.   The letter is a great accounting of what went on and why, in regards to the Blueline issue.   A number of folks asked about who they should write to about this issue.  The answer is to write to:

Mr. John Bullard
Regional Administrator
NMFS, NERO
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA  01930


It is important to tell Mr. Bullard that you agree with the action taken by the Mid-Atlantic Council and that he should support the Emergency Action of 7 Blueline Tilefish per person that they requested.


March 10, 2015

Dear Mr. Bullard:

During a webinar meeting on Wednesday February 25, 2015, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) voted to request that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implement emergency rules to restrict commercial and recreational landings of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic (http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/2015/february-2014-blueline-tilefish-webinar-meeting).   The Council’s recommendations include a 300 pound (whole weight) commercial trip limit and a seven fish per-person recreational trip limit.   These measures are intended to reduce the risk of depletion of the blueline tilefish stock on an interim basis while the Council develops long-term management measures.   The full motion is as follows:

I move to request that the US Secretary of Commerce implement emergency or interim rules, as appropriate under 305 (c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, to curtail the risk of depletion of the blueline tilefish stock within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council while the Council develops long term management measures for the species through the normal rulemaking process.   For the commercial blueline tilefish fishery, the Council requests emergency or interim rules including a 300 pound possession limit (whole weight) in the Council’s jurisdiction.   For the recreational blueline tilefish fishery, the Council requests emergency or interim rules including a possession limit of 7 fish per person in the Council’s jurisdiction.

Commercial landings of blueline tilefish have unexpectedly and rapidly increased in the Mid-Atlantic primarily due to landings in New Jersey.   Landings from Virginia and farther north increased from approximately an 11,000 pound average (2005-2013) to about 217,000 pounds in 2014.   Most of these fish were caught in statistical areas off the coast of Delmarva.   Also, Northeast vessel trip reports (VTRs) for party/charter vessels indicate a recent unexpected increase from an average of about 2,400 fish per year (2002-2011) to between 10,000-16,000 fish per year in 2012-2014.   Party/charter increases in the last two years were mostly from statistical area 622, which is accessible from Delaware and New Jersey – two states currently without regulations.

In fact, there are no federal regulations for blueline tilefish north of North Carolina.   Two states, Virginia and Maryland, have enacted tilefish regulations that apply to vessels landing in their states, with both implementing 300 pound incidental commercial trip limits and a 7-fish tilefish species recreational possession limit.   These measures were designed to proactively prevent a large directed commercial fishery and constrain fishing mortality in the recreational fishery for blueline tilefish that emerged in the early to mid-2000s.   The Council recently expressed concern to the other Mid-Atlantic and southern New England states that the unmanaged loophole fishery for blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic poses a threat to the sustainability of this resource due to the recent unmanaged increases in landings.

Blueline tilefish are non-migratory and we believe that the request for emergency rulemaking should be considered in light of information specific to the Mid-Atlantic.   From a fishery point of view, the number of fishery participants and history of fishing pressure is very different in the Mid-Atlantic compared to the South Atlantic.   For example, while there are 1,020 snapper/grouper charter permits in the South-Atlantic, approximately 25 party/charter vessels reported any blueline tilefish on Northeast Region VTRs in 2014.   As noted above, large-scale commercial catches are also a recent occurrence in the Mid-Atlantic.

Blueline tilefish likely have a high susceptibility to overfishing given their biology (long-lived and relatively sedentary) and have been characterized as a species facing high risk based on a 2009 productivity susceptibility analysis performed by MRAG.   A recent report on the population dynamics of blueline tilefish and other deep-water species (Schmidtke et al. 2015, VMRC Grant F-132-R-2, available at https://mafmc.squarespace.com/s/F132-Tilefish-Final-Report.pdf) found that the growth rate of blueline tilefish off Virginia is "similar to that observed off the Carolinas during the 1970s, when the Atlantic stock was considered lightly exploited."   Growth in these Mid-Atlantic fish is also different from growth rates seen recently in more heavily-exploited South Atlantic fish.   Age and reproductive data from this study indicate a locally spawning, resident population of blueline tilefish off the coast of Virginia with fishing mortality rates that are uncertain but substantially lower than the SEDAR 32 findings for overall blueline tilefish mortality.   While the Schmidtke et al. study suggests a better population status for blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic, the study also notes that "the slow growth of this population could leave it ill-equipped to sustainably support a sizeable fishery."

We recognize that blueline tilefish is a data-limited stock and look forward to facilitating the advancement of the state of the science on this species (e.g., improved commercial and recreational catch information, and stock identification).   We also question the applicability of SEDAR 32 to the Mid-Atlantic because several Mid-Atlantic data inputs were not used including catch per unit effort north of Cape Hatteras, NC and Northeast Region party/charter VTR data.   There is also private vessel catch in the Mid-Atlantic that is not currently quantified due to the low occurrence of blueline tilefish in Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) dockside intercepts.

A continuation of a large scale, unmanaged fishery in 2015 likely poses both a biological risk to the resource and an economic risk for the existing, historical fisheries in the Mid-Atlantic.   These include those fisheries that evolved under the proactive regulatory regimes of Virginia and Maryland.   Given the uncertainty regarding the status and productivity of blueline tilefish in general and especially off the Mid-Atlantic, the Council determined that the actions proposed in the motion are the most reasonable while the Council develops long-term and regionally-appropriate management measures for the species through the normal rulemaking process.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you and our other management partners to achieve effective management of this fishery.   Please call me or Chris Moore if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Richard B. Robins, Jr.
Chairman


March 7, 2015


Hello everyone, we hope you all survived the brutal winter.   The weather really slowed us down getting the new boat ready.  We were two weeks late in getting to the shipyard and when we did arrive, the place was frozen solid.   They had to break ice for us for 5 hours and even then, we had to be towed in for the last mile so we wouldn't break our shafts or props.   Work is now underway at the shipyard and things should speed up a lot with the nice weather forecast for the coming week.  If all goes well, we will start fishing April 1.

Just a reminder to those who have booked offshore trips for this year…   If you have not yet paid, there is only a little more than a week until March 15 to get your payment in before being scratched from the boarding list.

If we do not receive payment by March 15, you will have to rebook your spot if one is still available.

Snap, Crackle and Ice Pop!
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February 7, 2015

We have posted our 2015 OFFSHORE TRIP CALENDAR!
You can view the entire 2015 schedule on our Trip Calendar page and on our Special Trips page.

To book a trip or trips please e-mail us from the Voyager web site (not any other potentially old and obsolete email address you may have for us) or call our office at (732) 295-3019.   An e-mail is best as they will be processed first.   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 and hold your spot until March 15, 2015.   You will not receive boarding numbers until we receive a reservation form and payment.

We are very excited to announce that we have a newer, larger and much faster VOYAGER.
The new VOYAGER is 100' long and powered by three 825 HP Caterpillar engines making the boat's top speed about 26 knots.  The additional speed will allow us to get you back and forth to the fishing grounds faster than before and its larger size will give you more fishing room on deck.

All sleeping accommodations are in the main cabin and the cabin is air conditioned and heated for your comfort.   The boat also has a galley so don’t worry, we will still have our large selection of tasty goodies available from Maria.

Below are a few changes in our trip policies and some information about our 2015 trips.


VOYAGER TILEFISH TRIPS

Last year we had super trips throughout the year with a mix of GOLDEN and BLUELINE TILEFISH.   Our largest Golden Tilefish was caught by Tyler Englesbe and weighed 54 pounds 12.5 ounces.   Our largest Blueline Tilefish, caught by Cheol Min Park, is a pending new World Record at 23 pounds 1 ounce.   We had success on 1, 1, 2 and 2-day trips.   And due to demand, we have added more weekday and weekend trips to our schedule this season.   In 2015, we will be fishing offshore for Tilefish every week from the middle 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, fewer 2-day and no 1-day TILEFISH trips (except for Reel Seat tackle shop charters - see below).   Last year, the 2-day trips were very popular and fishing was generally very good to excellent.   The 1-day trips, where you fish from sunrise to sundown, were also a big hit last year and you will be seeing more of them pop up throughout the year.

Last year we did a few 'Manual Reels Only' TILEFISH trips and they were popular.   This year, we have three manual reel trips in the schedule and two of them are World Record Hunts.   For those of you using electric reels you have nothing to worry about since the expanded schedule also has 1-day and 2-day trips where you can use them.

Last year we did a couple of 1-Day TILEFISH and ROSEFISH combination trips.  We caught plenty of Tilefish, but the weather slowed down the Rosefish catch somewhat.   This year, we are offering a 2-day combination TILEFISH and ROSEFISH trip which should give us a shot at good drifting conditions for the ROSEFISH during some part of the trip.   On this trip we will split the rail time trying for each species as long as conditions permit.

Last year, we did our first 2-day TILEFISH and COD combination trip.   While it was not slaughter fishing, it was a nice change of pace and a trip that most people said they would do again.  This year we have two of these trips scheduled, one in late May and one in early August.

We also have one CAPTAIN'S CHOICE trip in September which includes TWO nights 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 not even fish for TILEFISH at all.  We may fish for various species during the day depending on conditions and location.   Last year we did some Mahi fishing and only a couple of Tilefish drifts.  We spent most of the time TUNA fishing and we ended up with a nice catch of large YELLOWFIN.  This year, the trip will be a bit different because we will be leaving at 5 PM and TUNA fishing the first night.  During the days, we intend to deep drop for Tilefish for most of the day, but we may mix it up.  The second night will be sundown to sunup TUNA FISHING.  On the last morning, we may fish for a while depending where we are and the conditions we have.  Please note that the CAPTAIN'S CHOICE trip has a mandatory rain date leaving on Monday night if Sunday night is no good.

Below are trip descriptions for each type of our offshore trips.   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.  All anglers get bunks on these trips.

TILEFISH TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

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

1-DAY BEGINNERS TILEFISH (Special Charters Only) – 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.

2-DAY TILEFISH – These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   We fish until sunset on 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 do find one, the payoff can be amazing!   Last season we had some of our largest fish on this trip and our largest fish of the year was caught in an area we first found on this trip.

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 4:30 and 5:30 AM.   Depths may vary from 250-1,000 feet.

2-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 until sunset the first day and from sunrise until about 12:00 noon on the second day.   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, Rosefish, Hake, Grouper and Barrelfish.

2-DAY TILEFISH/COD – These trips leave at 10:00 PM and arrive at the fishing grounds around 6:00 AM.   On these trips we are planning to fish canyons from the Hudson out to the Northeast, but you never know.   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 – These trips leave at 8:00 PM and arrive 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.

Three 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.   Electric reels are NOT allowed on these trips since we don't want to jeopardize a potential world record.

Two years ago we caught many Tilefish from 35-50 pounds on this trip.   We also caught a new New Jersey State record Blueline Tilefish.  Unfortunately, we were blown out on last year's trip.   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 5:00 PM Sunday September 20 returning Tuesday September 22 and there is a mandatory rain date of Monday September 21 - Wednesday September 23.   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 two nights 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.


VOYAGER TUNA TRIPS

This season we have changed our schedule around for the month of September.   We will be doing mostly 30-hour Tuna/Mahi trips in September (we have one 5:00 PM 21-Hour trip leaving Sunday night September 27).   The trips will still be departing at 7:00 AM and returning around 1:00 PM the following day.   These trips will depart every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning unless otherwise indicated on our Trip Calendar page.   In October we go back to our regular schedule of a Tuesday and Thursday morning 30-hour Tuna/Mahi followed by 21-hour trips departing at 5:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.   For the extra hearty angler we have our Captain’s choice trip, described above, featuring two nights of Tuna fishing.   All Tuna trips will be limited to 26 passengers.   All anglers get bunks on these trips.


VOYAGER SEA BASS TRIPS

This season we will be fishing for Jumbo Sea Bass and Porgies leaving at 10:00 PM most Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in November and December.   We plan to start our trips in mid-November, heading out to the eastern wrecks to "meet" the fall Sea Bass migration.   Please see our Trip Calendar page for specific dates.   All anglers get bunks on these trips.


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.

Due to the high cost of fuel 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 going to 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 your ticket 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 e-mail us from the Voyager web site (not any other potentially old and obsolete email address you may have for us) or call our office at (732) 295-3019.   An e-mail is best as they will be processed first.   Let us 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 and hold your spot until March 15, 2015.   You will not receive boarding numbers until we receive a reservation form and payment.

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.

Since our schedule is coming out early 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 until August 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.   It is also your responsibility to know what trips you are supposed to be on so the excuse of "I forgot I was on last Sunday's trip" will not fly.   Please refer to our Policies page before sending in any payments.

While we always reserve the right to overbook each trip by two people, 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 2015 OFFSHORE TRIPS and seeing you at the boat.   Thank you for fishing aboard our new VOYAGER.


February 1, 2015

Our 2015 offshore trip schedule will be available Saturday evening February 7 and will include all of our Tilefish, Tuna, and Sea Bass trips.


January 1, 2015

A New Year is here and so is...

the new VOYAGER

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new boat!
   The new VOYAGER is a 100 x 25-foot aluminum GULF CRAFT supercruiser equipped with three 825 HP Caterpillar® turbocharged diesel engines making her fast, spacious and very comfortable for deep sea fishing.   Cruising speed is about 18 knots and the top speed is 26 knots.

Amenities include a heated and air conditioned main cabin with booth seating, a full galley, heated handrails for cold weather fishing, and an upper sundeck with plenty of seating.

We are currently making some minor modifications for the upcoming season and expect to be fishing for Cod by the beginning of March.   Our 2015 offshore trip schedule will appear around the end of January and will include all of our Tilefish, Tuna, and Sea Bass trips.

Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you on the new VOYAGER.   Welcome aboard!

Captain Jeff and Crew

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