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Am hoping to go out on a headboat on Wed.6/12,,its been 20 yrs since the last time I was out,am taking my 19 yr old son with me,,I am located near Binghamton NY and will probably be coming in on Rte.80,,I'm thinking of heading to Atlantic Highlands in NJ,,We're just hoping to catch some Salt water fish,(hopfully edible)Question?? any recommendations for a boat? would another Marina be better(we're hoping to keep trip as short as possible ) we figure about31/2-4 hours from here...?is now a good time to go out or should we wait a few more weeks?...What fish should we look target on a head boat now??? any other suggestions greatly appreciated,,Thanks&Tightlines,,Mark
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Atlantic Highlands is a good place to start. There are several half day boats that run 4 hour trips from there. Two that I would recommend are the Sea Hunter and the Teal. This time of year they are targeting fluke which is great eating. Other advantages are that the fishing grounds are quite close to the marina and they generally fish in Raritan Bay, which is calmer than fishing on the ocean should the wind be blowing a little.
I misunderstood your question. I thought that you wanted a half day boat. If you want to drive to LI, the Capt. Al is a great choice and they should be loading sea bass right now. The boat is a bit crusty, but he does catch fish. The closest boat if you are coming in from Rt. 80 is probably the Sea Pigeon out of Perth Amboy (exit 129 off the GSP). It is an excellent, clean boat that also fishes in Raritan Bay. If you want directions, post here.

Directions to Sea Pigeon:

Garden State Parkway South to exit 129. Follow signs to Rt. 9 South and get on Rt. 9 for about 1 mile. Exit at the Smith Street exit. Be careful as there is only 1 small sign and the exit is just after an underpass. Follow Smith Street all the way to the end and make a right when you reach the water. The Sea Pigeon is one block down on the left. Note that Smith Street will split twice when you first get on it. In both instances you must bear to the right. The boat is about 10 minutes from the GSP and leaves at 7 AM sharp. It is about a 70 foot boat and quite comfortable.

If you opt to go to Atlantic Highlands or the Freddy C, it is about another 30 - 40 minutes more driving. At the Highlands, you will have many options and most boats are 1/2 day. As I stated above, my first choice would be the Sea Hunter and my second choice would be the Teal.

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