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Fastest to the Canyon
Deep Sea Fishing Trips
Capt. John Cosgrove
docked at the
Pier 3 Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, NY 11235
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Phone (917) 733-5993
Website www.explorerfishing.com

US Coast Guard Inspected & Certified for Safety

"3,900 Horsepower cruising 30 knots!"
Photo taken on 9/18/03

Metro New York's Fastest Party Boat
85' Solid Fiberglass Super Cruiser
Built in 1995

Many fishing boats claim to be the fastest, but the Explorer out of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn IS the fastest. She is equipped with the latest fish finding technology & safety equipment. She has sleeping accommodations for 30 passengers, a full galley and comfortable seating for all.

" Family owned & operated "
Hours of Operation
Trip Dates Leaves Arrives
Day Fishing Trips Everyday 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Night Trips Summer - Every Night 7:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Clean Mens & Womens Restrooms Available
Galley, Snack Bar & Cold Drinks Available
Now Fishing!

More Fishing Time!

All Trips Include:
  • Big and Roomy
  • We supply the Bait
  • Fast, comfortable & stable ride
  • Experienced Captain & Mates
  • Optional Biggest Fish Pool

More Features
  • Snacks & Sandwiches

  • Clean Restrooms

  • Tackle & Rigs available

  • Rental Poles available for Canton Trips

  • Professional Fish Cleaning Service
Updated Penn Rods & Reels for rent
"Friendly & Experienced Captain & Fisherman"

Captain John Cosgrove
Captain John has been fishing his entire life. His top priority is the success of his passengers in fishing the waters of Sheepshead Bay, New York Harbor and those "special haunts" off Long Island & Rockaway Beach. Get in on the action that the Explorer has to offer. Take your next trip with Captian John.

"Large Cabin with 30-man Bunk Room for Offshore Canyon Trips"

Go to the Canyon in Style

While underway, enjoy a relaxing and sociable ride in the cabin, equipped with comfortable seating, a full galley with hot foods, coffee and cold beverages. Store your gear indoors while fishing. But don't get too comfortable, the Explorer is the fastest boat to the fishing grounds.

When Canyon fishing for Tuna & Swords, you want to be able to sleep on the way out and the way in. The Explorer is equipped with a huge 30-man bunk room, so everyone rides in comfort.

Gift Certificates, Senior Citizen and Group Discounts
 clean & comfortable cabin
Take a trip on the Explorer
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
Canyon Tuna
Bottom Fishing
Offshore Wrecks
Fireworks Cruise
What to Bring
  • 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

  • We have snacks & drinks onboard

  • Make sure your drag is set properly, so you don't lose a big fish when it runs

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 - Get it all on film!
  • 1 Rod & Reel (also available onboard for free) - we recommend spinning or baitcasting outfits in the 20 to 25 lb class for blues & 50 to 80 lb test, for Canyon Fishing.
    Bring an extra rod, but you can only fish one at a time.
  • Terminal Tackle(available on board) - Hooks, Sinkers, Swivels & Leaders of many types, available on board or at Stella Maris Fishing Station
Fireworks Cruise
  • 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 or Drunkeness - Cans of Beer OK, must be 21 or over
  • NO Excessive Amounts of Beer - A couple is just fine

About our Fishing Trips
Targeted Species Description of Trip
Canyon Tuna

" Get ready to catch big TUNA "

Offshore Fishing The Explorer specializes in Offshore Canyon trips, and have been noted as the best tuna fishing trips in the New York metro area. The schedule is very liberal, and there is sure to be a date thats right for you. Make your reservation today, and get in on the best offshore fishing available.

Chum and Chunk tuna, swords, sharks & dolphin
Fluke Fishing

Tasty Fresh Fluke
" Everybody Loves Fluke Fishing "

The most popular summertime fun, the Explorer targets fluke in season and exploits some of the best fishing opportunities along the shores of Rockaway Beach and Sandy Hook

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

" Chum Night Blues "

Pair of Blues on the Explorer The excitement of night fishing and fast bluefish action takes off every summer, and the Explorer serves up full night bluefish chumming every evening.

Freshest Ground Bunker for Chum and Bait
Bottom Fishing for Blackfish, Cod, Pollock, Ling, Porgy and Sea Bass
Blackfish, Seabass, Porgy & Ling
Blackfish, Seabass, Porgy & Ling
" Fishing the Wrecks and Reefs "

Get ready for a mixed bag of delicious bottom fishing. Depending upon the season, there is a rich set of species always to be found on our local and offshore wrexks. Whether it be a nice day on the reef in the summer or fall, or tied up on a wreck in the winter and spring, come join us for our bottom fishing trips.

We use clams & squid for bait. Green Crabs are also available for Blackfish

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