The VOYAGER fishes for tuna during September, October and early November. Our target species are Yellowfin and Albacore tuna. Occasionally, we also catch Allison and Bigeye tuna, Swordfish, Mahi-Mahi, White Marlin and Mako shark. We tuna fish at one of the famous New Jersey offshore canyons such as the Hudson Canyon, Toms Canyon and the Lindenkohl Canyon. When we arrive at the Canyons, locate fish and get the anchor set, the mates will toss cut up pieces of bait into the water starting a chum slick. This attracts the tuna to the boat. Anglers can then either drift baited hooks in the slick (chunking) or jig for tuna. Sometimes during daylight hours and into the late afternoon, we find trolling an effective method of catching fish.
Check out our Stand-up Fishing page to learn more about how we fish for tuna aboard the VOYAGER. Our guide is chock full of information about the fish, the bait, the tackle and the stand-up style of fishing we do. We want you to know how we run our trips and what to expect... you will have a better and more productive time.
For those of you not familiar with the boat, the VOYAGER is a 100 x 24-foot aluminum GULF CRAFT supercruiser equipped with three 825 HP Caterpillar® turbocharged diesel engines, two electrical power generators, and the latest communications and navigation equipment including two color fish-finders, three ship-to-shore radios, two radars, three GPS satellite positioning systems, autopilot, seawater temperature gauges, and a computer-based chart and plotting system. The VOYAGER is U.S. Coast Guard documented and inspected. The VOYAGER is fast, spacious and very comfortable for deep sea fishing. Some of her amenities include a heated and air conditioned cabin with booth seating, a full galley, heated handrails for cold weather fishing, and an upper sundeck with plenty of seating.
Our dock at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ is only a ten-minute drive from Exit 98 on the Garden State Parkway. But the real benefit is that our homeport is close to the tuna fishing grounds and the riding time to the offshore grounds is only five hours. An added benefit of the shorter ride is that it gives us more time and range to fish more southerly offshore canyons, and gives us more flexibility when it comes to staying for a 'late bite'.
Many anglers prefer a boat with fewer people and more fishing room and we strictly limit our tuna fishing trips to 26 people aboard the 100-foot VOYAGER. This gives everyone plenty of room to fish and produces far fewer line tangles. And this puts more fish in the boat! If you don't have your own stand-up tuna rod and reel, we can rent you a setup for your trip. We offer new Penn two-speed reels loaded with premium Momoi monofilament line with matching Penn rods. The two-speed reels will help both novices and seasoned veterans alike to reel in that final 50 feet of line where so many fish are lost.
We offer quality fishing trips for everyone and we hope you will join us during our 2015 tuna fishing season!