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Captain Gene Nigro
Fishing Charters
Stripers, Weaks, Blues & Fluke
Captain Gene Nigro
docked at
Sandy Hook Bay Marina
1 Willow st.
Highlands, NJ 07732
(Fishing Sandy Hook Bay areas)
Call or Email us
Office (732) 291-5688
email [email protected]
Inspected & Certified for Safety
US Coast Guard Inspected & Certified for Safety
    PO Box 126
    Middletown, NJ 07748

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  • "6 Man Charters Day & Evening"
    Photo taken on 9/9/03

    34 ft Commercial Fishing Vessel - 12 x 17 cockpit
    Heated Cabin

    With all the latest technology in fishfinding and navigation electronics, combined with a lifetime of experience, Captain Gene Nigro and his Phantom charter boat is a mainstay in the inshore fishing charter fleet. Noted for his expertise in Striper fishing, and offering 6 man charters in some of the best fishing areas in New Jersey.

    *** Best value in the area! ***

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    Reserve your trip today!
    Call to see if date is available before paying deposit


    " Available for Tournaments "
    the "No Nonsense" Fishing Machine
    Hours of Operation
    Trip Dates Leaves Arrives
    Day Charters Apr 1 - Nov 30 6:30 a.m until 1:00 p.m.
    Afternoon Charters Apr 1 - Nov 30 3:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m.
    Evening Charters Apr 1 - Sept 30 5:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m.
    Dry Dock Dec, Jan ,Feb, March - - -
    Cabin Berth & Marine Head

    Magic Hour 5-9
    Why should you go Fishing with
    Captain Gene Nigro
    on the
    12' x 16' fishing area
    • Experienced & Licensed Captain since 1988
    • We supply the Bait & Tackle
    • 20 Minutes to Romer Shoals, the Hook & Flynn's Knoll
    • Best Striper Fishing in NJ
    • Trolling, jigging & chunking & chumming
    • Stand-up Marine Head on board
    • Knowledgeable & Experienced Mates
      working for tips
    • Women & Children Welcome
    • Fish Cleaning Service Included

    Extra Wide Beam
    With a 17 x 12 foot fishing area, you and your party have plenty of room to enjoy the day.

    Get the best dates for your trip
    for the best dates for your trip!
    Friendly & Experienced Captain & Crew
    Captain Gene Nigro
    Captain Gene Nigro
    Since 1988 Captain Gene has been dedicated in becoming one of the leading authorities on Striped Bass and Inshore fishing in the Sandy Hook area. As a proud member of the renown "Hi-Mar Striper Club", Gene has earned this claim to fame. He has also written numerous articles for NJ Fisherman magazine as well as conducted many seminars about fishing. From an enjoyable day just drifting for fluke, to the hardcore experience of trolling wire and bunker spoons, Captain Gene and the crew of the Phantom bring you the best there is in a 6-man inshore charter.

    6 Hour Charters for up to 6 People
    Call Captain Gene NOW 732-291-5688
    All the Room you need for Comfort
    Photo taken on 9/9/03
    The Phantom was designed for fishing. Plenty of room for all 6 persons to fish comfortably. No crowding or tangles on this boat. Rod Holders, Cutting board, Drink holders. Setup and fish the "No-Nonsense" 6 pack charter.

    Take a trip on the Phantom with Captain Gene Nigro
    The months are an approximation based on a typical year.

    Reservations Required on all trips

    Trip Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Striped Bass
    Bottom Fishing
    Winter Flounder
    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

    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
    • Camera, Film & Batteries - Get it all on film!
    • 1 Rod & Reel (..bring your own if you wish, ) - we recommend spinning or baitcasting outfits in the 20 to 30 lb class for Stripers.
    • Terminal Tackle( supplied on the boat) - Striper Rigs, many rigs available on board or at Atlantic Highlands Bait & Tackle
    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
    Area Striper Specialist

    " Sandy Hook Stripers "

    Sandy Hook's unique structure of mussell beds, deep channels, rip-tides, river currents and rock structures make it the very best natural environment for Striped Bass. Take advantage of the fantastic fishing in the Sandy Hook area with Captain Gene. With large schools of bunker indigenous to this area, the stripers can be had by a wide array of methods. Captain Gene enjoys them all, and he knows what works the best during a particular season in the hottest areas around the hook. Trolling stretch, bunker spoons and umbrella rigs makes for fast exciting action, drifting eels in the fall or "clam balling" all season will also produce results. Let Captain Gene share his striper secrets with your 6 man charter.

    Everyone welcome, booking any time-slot available. Make your reservation NOW!
    Chopper Blues

    " Get Ready for a Fight! "

    Everyone who fishes in New Jersey knows about the excitement of Bluefishing. Captain Gene will get you in on the action, which at times is virtually "non-stop". Many Captains might regard bluefish as the scourge of the striper fishery. But not Captain Gene and the Phantom. Bluefish are fast, ferocious and fight to the bitter end. What more could you ask for if you want a hard fighting day on the water. No for the faint hearted at times, these fish will work out your arms as if they were 10 times their actual size. Call Captain Gene, get your friends together, and "Let's go Fishing"!

    Trolling, Chumming and Jigging for Bluefish
    The Art of Weakfishing

    " Strategy and Knowledge catch the Weakies "

    Fishing for weakfish sometimes is easier said than done, especially if the overall run is not in full swing. That does'nt matter to Gene. He knows how these fish behave, and knows what they feed on and how they move. Typically wherever the blues are chopping up the bait, the weakfish school up on the bottom to take advantage of the carnage on the surface. Quiet tactics are used as Gene "sneaks up" on the school, and tosses the jig or the bait that only the weakfish will take. Share an inventive and resourceful day weakfishing on the Phantom, and learn a new trick or two from Captain Gene.

    Worms, Bucktails and Artificials work the best
    Relax and Enjoy the Drift

    " Fishing the "Deliberate Drift" "

    Let's face it... anyone can take a boat ride, find a fleet of boats and drift for fluke. But with Captain Gene and the crew of the Phantom, there is nothing routine about it. Gene has been fluke fishing his entire life in the Sandy Hook area. He knows the nature of this fishery, and where the fish are most likely to be. Never counting on the location of the masses, Gene uses his knowledge and experience to find that "honey-pot" of nice fluke. Bring the family, enjoy the day...of course, but bring home some delicious keeper fluke courtesy of the Phantom!

    Large Fluke don't only take big baits, remember "Elephants eat Peanuts"

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