Fish for Striped Bass (Stripers), Bluefish, Fluke (Flounder), Weakfish, Wreck Fishing, Shark, Albacore, Blackfin, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna Fishing.
All trips can be customized to meet your individual needs.

Seafood Fishing Charters sails out of Forked River, NJ and fishes from Barnegat bay to Barnegat Inlet, and out to 50 miles offshore. Captain Ken Minnes and Captain John Cafiero have combined over 60 years in the local barnegat waters.

Not in the mood to fish? We also offer Sunset Cruises to long Beach Island (LBI) to see the Barnegat Lighthouse, as the sun goes down. Or try our sunset water cruise to The Captains Inn.
So we got you covered from inshore fishing from the Barnegat bay or ocean to offshore Big Game Tackle battling Monster Sharks or Bluefin Tuna to a relaxing sunset cruise.

We can accommodate from 1 to 6 passengers on our US Coast Guard Approved Vessel. Book Your Trip Today!

Captain Ken Minnes and Captain John Cafiero have combined over 60 years in the local barnegat waters


Striped Bass fishing heating up in Barnegat bay

striped bassStriped bass fever is spreading like wild fire.

Hello all fishing enthusiasts! We have some awesome news=)

Seafood Fishing Charters has been enjoying the beginning signs of spring finally here in Forked River New Jersey, on the Barnegat Bay. Like expected in New Jersey, April, May and June can have some of the most rewarding fishing known for the East Coast fisherman who target fish like striped bass, bluefish, flounder, blackfish, drum, and weakfish. We are pleased to inform everyone that there has been consistent fishing on the back bays and estuaries connecting to the Barengat Bay. Southern New Jersey fishermen have been consistently catching larger striped bass in the Delaware River. Tuckerton fishermen have been targeting fish near the bridges. All across inshore Barnegat Bay there are fish getting caught up and down the marshes and inshore estuaries. There has been a small worm hatch* I went for a walk at night lighting up the shallow marsh grasses and there are small white worms  (bass are eating these) in the back bays. EXCELLENT SIGN, and EXCELLENT FISHING. I have been working the back bays on a regular throwing small hand tied buck tails and grubs in and out of structures. Most rivers and mouths have been in the 50 degree range. The oyster creek power plant has been consistent fishing and the water temps are around 60 degrees. This is where EVERYONE is fishing, but there hasn't been many large fish. I have caught fish up to 28 inches breaking off the oyster creek outflow. These are not dinky fish by any means, they are fat and healthy. I see people throwing an array of different plugs and spinners and everything in the tackle box; however, I have not seen people catching fish as consistent because i don't really think they know what bait is around. WHITE and SMALL is key. Some fishermen claim big baits catch big fish. WRONG. You target the fish with the available bait in the water. White small worms have been hatched in the inshore estuaries and matching the bait is essential. I am very pleased with how things are going this spring, and soon Seafood will be targeting the spring migration at the larger scale. Very excited. For those of you who want a good time and an excellent experience, book a trip with us, and you will be very pleased. Military special discounts available =)

Keep em tight, and bow up right!

~Captain Ken~


"High and Dry"

As an X coastie hearing the words "High and Dry" are two words to any seagoing mariner as a nightmare. For The Seafood crew we are pleased to say we are successfully out of the water for the winter, and "High and Dry" for replenishment and rejuvenation. Thank you South Harbor Marina and the Seafood crew for a successful damage free hawl out! Seafood is now ready for her bottom to be cleaned! not with baby wipes, but with some elbow grease! She is Ready for a sleek bottom free from all the benthic organisms trying to weigh her down! We are excited to start our preps for the Spring Striped Bass Blitz! Already started making jigs, rigs and re-spooling our reels! Keep em tight and be safe in this winter blast!

~Capt. Ken


Wired Stripers: Wire Line Trolling For Big Bass

By: Capt. John A. Cafiero

2 Striped Bass

I must admit, catching stripers fishing with wire is one of my least desirable ways to fish for them. It is tiring to haul them in and it's frustrating to deal with the wire not getting kinked. It almost seems like it is cheating in a way. That being said, I still use wire quite often when targeting big stripers. The reason is simple. Wire line is probably the most consistent way to come home with a few nice bass in the cooler. On some days it is the only way that we are able to come home with those tasty fillets.

My customers expect to come back to the dock with fish in the box. It's my job to make sure that happens. The best part of fishing is coming back to the dock with giant bass and a crowd of people around asking, "How did you do?" Having a few monster bass to put up on the dock is a great feeling.
Now some people will say it is not very sporting to catch bass on wire, so they don't even own wire rods. I will be the first to agree. I only bring them for one reason and one reason only. They produce when nothing else is working. So when there is no bird activity and you have run out of lures to toss out there what do you do? When you have searched and searched for bunker pods and they are nowhere in sight, I get out the wire gear. When all else fails trolling is the best way to turn a bad day into a productive one.

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