Frequently Asked Questions
I have been fishing the South Jersey waters and the canyons for 25+ years now as a full time captain. My knowledge of of the local waters, sea conditions, winds, fish trends, etc. are second to none. I have fish logs that date back to when I first started fishing and I can check my notes to aide in making the most informed decisions possible. I have over 1000 trips offshore from the 30 fathom line out to our local canyons and have caught over a thousand various tuna species in my time offshore fishing.
Another advantage of paying to charter a boat who has a full time captain is the time spent on the water. Fishing nearly every day on the water has its advantages over a part-time captain because it allows us first hand knowledge where the fish are located and what baits they are eating. Another advantage to a captain who has been full time for several years is the network of other captains available to talk to and discuss fish locations and techniques.
In addition to the hundreds of trips I have run in New Jersey, I also fished commercially for Giant Bluefin Tuna out of Morehead City, North Carolina for about 15 years. With the knowledge gained during these years of catching hundreds of Giant Bluefin Tuna, fishing on the Hooked Up II provides one of the best opportunities to catch tuna, especially Big Eye Tuna and large class tuna’s anywhere on the east coast. We have some proven techniques we use up our sleeves that we have developed and use aboard the Hooked Up II along with and custom tackle, which can help reduce fish fighting time on large tuna and increase your fishing time on our boat.
On the Hooked Up II, I can’t guarantee a fish, but I personally feel that fishing on my boat will give you one of the best opportunities around to catch the fish you are looking for!
See the next question below for more information.
I have cancelled a fair number of trips due to lack of fish being caught. I do not like to take my customers out for a nice boat ride. That is not what you are paying me to do! Not all captain’s will follow this policy, so this is something to consider discussing with any potential captain.
When it gets closer to your trip, if the fish are not around, I will inform you of this. We can discuss the options and decide what works best for you, the customer. That is what’s most important. It’s your hard earned money and you should be able to spend it how you want to. If we cancel a trip due to lack of fish, we usually try to reschedule it for a future date when the fish are around.
Some customers just want to fish no matter what, I understand that. If you are someone who wants to fish no matter what, we can arrange that, but I try to be as upfront and honest as possible with my clients in regards to how the fishing is and has been recently.
It does happen sometimes where we will be out one day and have catches of epic numbers and the very next day we will go out and catch very little or nothing at all. This is nothing we can control; it’s the nature of the game. What I can promise you is this: In all cases, we will do the best we can and fish as hard as we can to try and put a catch together.
If you paid for the 12 hour offshore charter and right around hour 12 the tuna just started biting, guess what…..WE ARE STAYING OUT! We won’t leave a fishing spot just because your “time is up”. This isn’t a video game at an arcade where time expires and you’re done. As a part of doing our best to catch some fish, we feel going the extra mile and spending extra time if necessary is a part of the job.
We do not charge extra for time spend above what your trip was supposed to be. This does not mean that every trip gets extra time and therefore you should book the cheapest trip figuring it will last longer. We only stay if the fish start biting right at the end, or we are in a frenzy where the fish are still biting after your “time is up”.
Why is this important?
This is important because not all boats are created equal. The Hooked Up II is capable of cruising higher speeds than many boats of it’s size. What does this mean to you? More fishing time! Since we are capable of getting the fishing grounds faster, it allows us to have more fishing time than much of the competition.
Since you are paying your hard earned money to fish, we feel that this is important to consider when choosing your next charter.
Safety Gear Includes:
- Satellite Phone
- 8 man Offshore Viking raft that is inspected every 2 years and includes full survival gear
- 2 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon’s (EPIRB)
- Hand Held 5watt waterproof VHF radio to contact other boats and the Coast Guard while in the raft
- Cold weather survival suits
- Two water proof ditch bags with full emergency kits for offshore survival including over 40 flares and 2 flare guns
- Life Jackets for all on board
For the long answer and to learn more about the boat, please check out our “about the boat” page. We take pride in our boat and I think you will see that on this page as well as while you are on the boat as it is always maintained to the highest standard. I purchased this boat new so I know everything about it.
We supply between 600-800 lbs. of crushed ice on all offshore trips. We have an large insulated Carolina style fish box in the transom plus a large 6×4 foot insulated slush box built into the floor of the Hooked Up II where we mix ice and salt water to keep your catch the freshest possible! We can keep up to 25 large tuna stored perfectly to guarantee their absolute freshest condition until we arrive back at the dock even in 90 plus degree temperatures. We also have on board two extra-large Canyon insulated fish bags for on board for keeping Big Eye tuna fresh if they should be too large for our slush box.
- A cooler for your catch (we’ll supply the ice)
- All food and drinks (especially water) you think you want to eat on your trip (We have plenty of fresh brewed coffee)
- Rain gear (in the event it rains…ocean weather is not always predictable and you may see some rain from time to time even if they don’t call for it)
- Any medications you regularly take and will need to take while on the trip
- Seasickness medication (if you are prone to being motion sick)
Our boat is 55′ which is larger and 20-30 thousand pounds heavier than most sport fish style charter boats in the South Jersey fleet. We burn a significant amount of fuel running our twin diesel engines that are over 700 horsepower each to get you to the fish faster than most other boats are capable of, especially boats with only one engine.
I realize most people think we are just making more money than the others, but I can assure you this is not necessarily the case. We do feel that the experience you get from our captain(s) and the knowledge of local waters and fishing is second to none in South Jersey and you will not be disappointed. Sometimes a little extra money goes a long way.
For striper trips, we try to stay more local, but we have run as far as 30 miles from our home port to catch the fish for our customers.
It should be noted that many captain’s won’t run as far as we do on offshore trips for several reasons, but if that’s where the fish are, that’s where we are. You should really discuss with a potential captain you are looking to hire what the range of his boat is and what he is actually willing to travel. You might be surprised at the answer.