Inshore Fishing Charters and Recreational Spear Fishing

Navigate the creeks, canals, inlets, and coastal waters of the New Jersey coast in our SouthStar Charters' coastal fishing vessel. Our inshore boating trips are a fantastic way to fish the areas surrounding shallow waterways and deeper coastal regions. Take a relaxing half or full-day trip in our comfortable, climate-controlled pilothouse 2017 Defiance Admiral 220, and see what the New Jersey coast has to offer!


Fishing Charters

Plan a fun weekend of relaxation and recreation with inshore fishing tours from SouthStar Charters. Our 2017 Defiance 220 Admiral is a smaller pilothouse boat at 27.6' while comfortably seating a party of up to six people. Its pilothouse design is climate-controlled and sheltered from the elements, keeping you comfortable during your trip at any time of the year.

Shallow Water Fishing Expeditions

Our boat's small profile makes it possible to reach areas of the inlets and rivers. Our inshore boat is available for both public and private charter, with a variety of options, including shallow water fishing expeditions in the:

  • Manasquan and Belmar Shark River Shores, Inlets, and Rivers

  • Sea Girt Reef

  • Barnegat Bay

  • Inner Coastal From Manasquan Channel to Barnegat Bay

  • Sandy Hook

  • New Jersey Shore Wreck Sites


Best Months to Fish

By Fish Type

Are you looking to catch a specific type of fish on your trip? SouthStar Charters has compiled a list of the area's most popular fish types and the best months to look for them!

Black Sea Bass
Striped Bass

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Sealed Pilothouse Design

Don’t let the weather ruin your trip! SouthStar Charters’ inshore charter boat features a sealed pilothouse design that keeps you and your group out of the elements.

Heated for Late Winter Fishing

Stay comfortable in the late winter and early spring. Our inshore charter boat is fully heated for your comfort and convenience.

Live Wells and Coolers

The Tristar is fully equipped with coolers, fish boxes, and live wells to keep your catches and bait fresh throughout your trip, whether you are gone for a half-day or a full day.

Diving Charters

At SouthStar Charters, our inshore boat is available for both public and private charter for various fun trip options, including shallow water fishing expeditions and spearfishing around the coastal bay areas. We access some remote areas of the Manasquan River and Shark River that always prove successful.

Back Bays such as Shark River and Manasquan are great from the spring months well into the summer. See the ocean and rivers in a new, exciting way from down below when you book inshore dive charters with SouthStar Charters!


Amenities and Equipment Available

We provide a safe means to free dive with our 22-foot 2017 Defiance Admiral, equipped with:

  • Built-In Coolers

  • Heated and Ventilated Pilot House

  • Ample Seating Accommodations (Up to Seven Passengers), Inside and Out

  • All Dive Safety Equipment and Flags

  • Electrical Outlets for Charging

  • Storage Area for Your Catch During Trip

*Please note that we do not supply personal float flags, clips, ropes, or floats.

Gears That We Do Not Supply

The following gears are not supplied by SouthStar Charters and are the responsibility of the customer:

  • Dive Suits

  • Skin Suits

  • Swimming Fins

  • Masks

  • Gloves

  • Spear Guns

*Please bring towels, snacks, drinks, and a change of clothes.

Schedule and Fees

Please read our schedule and fees for policy and previsions. Time and dates will vary due to tidal changes, water temperature, and water viability.

  • Trips are $100.00 per person.

  • Tipping the captain is encouraged, but not mandatory!

  • The cost includes travel to the location, an on-site professional guide, videos, and photographs of your experience.

  • Most trips run 3 hours with an average of 1.5 hours to 2 hours of free dive time.

  • The boat seats four spearfishermen comfortably but can accommodate six.

  • All charters depart from Belmar Shark River, New Jersey.

Local Dive Charters

Coming Soon!

At SouthStar Charters, we believe in bringing recreational diving back to New Jersey once more! We are currently building a great support team to ensure we provide you with a safe and memorable dive trip.

We welcome all emails and contacts from anyone who would like to get involved. Please contact us directly for more details.

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World Records

Greater Amberjack Min. Weight 60 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Black Sea Bass Min. Weight 5 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Bluefish 22 lbs, 2 oz 2017 Igor Kotov Shark River Reef, USS Algol
Cobia 60 lbs 2015 William Maier Off Cape May
Cod Min. Weight 50 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Dolphin Min. Weight 40 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Fluke* 15 lbs, 5 oz 2014 Robert A. Davis Off Barnegat Lighthouse
Winter Flounder 3 lbs, 7 oz 2018 Jim Oriscak Shark River "back bay"
Red Hake (ling) Min. Weight 9 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Pollock Min. Weight 30 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Porgy Min. Weight 4 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Sheepshead Min. Weight 12 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Spadefish Min. Weight 9 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Striped Bass Min. Weight 55 lbs N/A N/A N/A
Tautog* 23 lbs, 14 oz 2007 Luke Dylan Hickey Off Cape May
Gray Triggerfish 3 lbs, 13 oz 2018 Brian Cassidy Off Monmouth Beach
Weakfish* 11 lbs, 13 oz N/A Tai Menz Off Cape May

Information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish & Wildlife. Updated Nov. 26, 2018.
*recognized as a world record by the International Underwater Spearfishing Association.

Book Our Inshore Fishing Charter Today

Enjoy the Jersey shores and fish by the tides when you book an inshore fishing charter with SouthStar Charters! Call (833) GO4-TOUR for bookings and general inquiries on inshore fishing and dive charters.