The main attraction in Sandy Hook is fishing. With many rivers, the Raritan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, there are many inshore and offshore choices for anglers of every level of experience. There is a multitude of Sandy Hook Fishing Charters and Charters out of New York fishing the Sandy Hook area. These charters boats offer many different types of fishing trips, including specific fish charters like Striped Bass, Fluke, Bluefish, Shark and Tuna.
Where the rivers meet the Atlantic in the Bay, you will find brackish waters that are home to some very popular inshore sportfish. Striped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish, Fluke and Flounder are just a few fish roaming the Bay, the jetties and inlets, and the back bays with flats and sod banks. Sandy Hook Reef is the oldest reef in New Jersey and is where you can find bottom fish like Black Seabass, Blackfish or Tautog, Ling or Cobia and more.
The reef has a lot of concrete and rubble, making perfect places for these ambush predators to wait for unexpected baitfish and your hook. The river systems are also great places for Striped Bass, Fluke and Weakfish. Inshore fishing is fun in Sandy Hook, and your Sandy Hook Fishing Charter will get you to where the fish are and have you reeling them in no time. In the Bay, you can fish for all the sportfish and bottom fish like Black Seabass, Blackfish, or Tautog.
But inshore is not the only fishing in Sandy Hook. There is some epic offshore fishing in the deep blue seas of the Canyons and great fishing also closer to shore. If you want a day on the water, you can go nearshore to the reefs and wrecks. Here you will find lots of bottom fish and Bluefin Tuna during some parts of the year. (check with your Sandy Hook Fishing Charter for times of year best for the Tuna runs).
The Monster Ledge is another hot spot, along with the Mud Hole and Glory Hole. These are a little drive from the Hook but well worth the trip. At the Ledge and the two holes, you can find bottom fish, Tuna and lots of Sharks: Mako, Blue and Brown. But for the anglers fisherman looking for the fight of your life with a monster Bluefin, Mako or Marlin, you have to spend a night or multiple nights out on the water heading to the Canyons. Hudson Canyon is the closest to shore, but it is 100+ miles away, but once you arrive there, you will be able to target Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Sharks, Mahi Mahi and huge Marlin.
You can spend a day inshore fishing for fun and fish. Spend a half-day or a full day cruising the Bay and rivers. A full day is needed if you want to fish for the closer reefs, wrecks, and the Ledge. If you want to go to the Canyons, be prepared to spend the night. One warning going out to the Canyons can be very rough seas, so it is not for the faint at heart. Your Sandy Hook Fishing Charter will be able to customize a fishing trip to meet all your expectations and needs.