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Captain John Connell
Fishing & Cruising
Captain John M. Connell
docked at the
Keyport Bulkhead
American Legion Drive
P.O. Box 539
Keyport, NJ 07735
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"Friendly, Family, Fishing, Fun !"
Photo taken on 6/30/02

85 feet long - Twin Turbo 1271's
The Captain John is an 85 foot Gulfcraft open fishing & cruising boat harbored in historic Keyport, New Jersey. By Specializing in a friendly family-oriented atmosphere, the Captain & crew offer their customers a day of fishing in the calm waters of the Raritan Bay, on an extra clean & safe vessel, sure to be memorable for years to come.

" Family owned & operated since 1978 "
Special "Sunday Evening" cruises available in the summer.
Hours of Operation
Trip Dates Leaves Arrives
3/4 Day Trips Apr 1 - Nov 30 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Trips May - Aug 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Closed Dec, Jan & Feb - - -
Clean Mens & Womens Restrooms Available
Full galley with hot meals
Coming Soon! "The Fishbox" Television segment - "Fishing for Fluke"
Awarded on 7/7/01 for outstanding professionalism

  • All Trips Include:
    • Comfortable Fishing
    • We supply the Bait
    • Comfortable & stable ride
    • Use of the cabin area & galley
    • Helpful assistance from the crew
    • Optional Biggest Fish Pool

More Features
  • Hot Foods

  • Chairs on the Upper Deck

  • Clean Men's & Women's Restrooms

  • Tackle & Rigs available

  • Rental Poles available

  • Fish Cleaning Service
Updated Penn Rods & Reels for rent

"Have Breakfast or Lunch in our Galley"

Fast Service from our Mates

Charter the Captain John on any day, from 3:30 pm on. Great for large get togethers. Experience great evening fishing together.
Personable & Dedicated Captain
Captain John M. Connell
Captain John M. Connell
Captain John M. Connell is one of the bayshores' top captains fishing for inshore species. A resident of Monmouth County, he dedicates his everyday to the comfort & enjoyment of his customers. A skilled fluke fisherman, John has methods to help you fill your cooler, that other boats just don't do. When it comes to safety & cleanliness, you will find his vessel to be very clean and meticulously maintained. With a friendly & helpful crew, your day of fishing on the Captain John is as enjoyable as it is productive.

"Experience makes the difference.." Captains of the Captain John
From left to Right...Captain Ed Rieman, Captain John M. Connell & Captain John W. Connell. Experienced captains that make all the difference. With over 75 years of combined experience fishing the Raritan Bay.

Gift Certificates, Senior Citizen and Group Discounts  The cabin area is always clean & comfortable
Our time underway is typically a short ride to the channels and fishing grounds of the Raritan Bay. Relax inside the cabin, have your breakfast or lunch, set down your gear and get ready for a great time fishing.
Take a trip on the Captain John
The months are an approximation based on a typical year.

Chart Key
Scheduled Trip
Reservations Only
Special Trip
Trip Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Winter Flounder
Evening Stripers
Blues & Weaks
Chum Blues
Sunday Evening Cruises
Fireworks Cruise
Trip Details
Trip Dates Day Leaves Arrives
Big Bay Flounder Apr 1 - May Everyday 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Spring Stripers May & June Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat & Sun 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Fluke(Season) May - Sept Everyday 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Blues & Weaks July & Aug Tues - Fri 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Chum Blues Oct Special Columbus Day 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Canyon Tuna 2 Trips Sept 30 & Oct 14 - 2001 5:00 p.m. 24 hours 5:00 p.m. next day
Fall Stripers (Days) Sept, Oct, Nov 7 Days 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Fall Stripers (Evening) Sept, Oct, Nov Fri & Sat, Sun 5:00 p.m.(3:30 pm Sun) until 10:00 p.m.(8:30 pm Sun)
What to Bring
  • Keep it Simple, if there is anything you need for fishing we have it on board

  • Make sure the line on your reels is in good condition and not frayed or twisted

  • Pack a lunch & snacks if you like, but we have a FULL GALLEY with hot & cold food & beverages

  • Bring the Family and Enjoy the Day

  • Buckets for your fish supplied on board

  • Our Trips are not too long and not too short!

Fishing Trips
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Rain gear if it's raining- be prepared and don't get caught standing in the rain
  • Hat, Clean T-Shirt, Jacket & Gloves
  • Rag for your hands
  • Camera, Film & Batteries - share the memories with your family & friends
  • 1 Rod & Reel (also available onboard for rental) - we recommend spinning or baitcasting outfits in the 15 lb class & 15 or 20 lb test, for Fluke, Flounder & Weaks.
  • Terminal Tackle(available on board) - Fluke Rigs of any type, small Mister Twisters sometimes make the difference.
  • For Tuna Trips, We recommend 80lb stand up gear, which is not available onboard for rental, so make sure you bring your outfit.() - Terminal Tackle for Tuna available on board.
  • Friends & Family
  • Pair of Binoculars
  • Cameras & Video Cameras
What NOT to Bring
  • NO Illegal Drugs - we have a ZERO tolerance and enforce maritime law for the possesion or use of illicit drugs
  • NO Hard Liquor - Cans of Beer OK, must be 21 or over
  • NO Excessive Amounts of Beer - of any kind

About our Fishing Trips
Targeted Species Description of Trip
Drifting for Fluke
Photo taken on 7/7/01
Forrest Black & H. Hanna with tied pool winning Fluke
" Fluke Fishing at it's Best "

Captain John has been an authority on Raritan Bay Fluke fishing for many years. The experience makes the difference in getting on a good drift and catching fish. The captains know how to hug the channel edges and keep you over the bait & structure on the bottom. With the many channels, buoys and cross channels in the bay, the Captain John gives anglers the "edge".

Our crew will offer to clean your fish on the way back home.
Winter Flounder

" Catch Big Bay Flounder "

Every March the larger female flounder move into the bay, leaving the smaller males up the rivers. The Captain John targets these bigger fish and anchors up for a day of chumming clams for the flatties. Bring a light pole for some great action of these desirable fish, and take home a flounder dinner that you will not soon forget.

We break fresh whole clams into pieces when we chum for flounder
Stripers, Weakfish & Blues

" An Evening of Bay Fishing "

Striped Bass, Blues & Weakfish come & go in the bay throughout the year at different times. In the evening, the Captain John has scheduled twilight fishing trips for these species. Areas like the Reach, Buoy 1, Princess Bay & Chapel Hill Channel are all nearby, giving you plenty of time to catch and land fish.

We sell sandworms & bloodworms for these trips on board at a very inexpensive price!
Chumming for Bluefish

" Family Fishing for Big Blues "

We go on one Bluefish Chumming trip every year on Columbus Day. This special trip maintains the Captain John's "Family Fishing" atmosphere, and tackles the hardcore task of chumming up big blues. Reservations are required so make a plan with the family to go out on our Deep Ocean Fishing Full Day, from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Columbus Day.

Bake Bluefish Filets with the skin up at 500 degrees on the bottom rack, for 12 minutes, serve with melted butter.
Yellowfin Tuna & Albacore

" Offshore Canyon Fishing "
Make your Reservations Now!!! only 15 people per trip!

We have scheduled 2 Offshore Tuna trips to the canyons in 2001. These trips are limited to the first 15 pre-paid reservations for each date, September 30th & October 14th - 2001.

We set sail at 5:00 pm and head offshore between 70 and 120 miles. That night we anchor up and enjoy some big-game fishing with our customers. Yellowfin Tuna, Big-Eye & Longfin (Albacore) make up most of the action, with swordfish, sharks & mahi-mahi mixed in. The fishing continues until 12:00 noon the next day, when we set sail for home for 5:00 pm.

Don't forget dramamine or a wrist band to prevent sea sickness so you can enjoy your trip

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