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Over Under Sport fishing operates South Jersey's premier canyon tuna charter boats. Year round, weather permitting, you’ll find us tuna fishing the NJ Canyons out of Avalon, NJ just north of Cape May. From expert angler, to complete novice, OU will cater the trip to your particular desired experience. Full instructional charters are also available.

NOTE ABOUT TUNA CHARTERS for 2012- Our Trips are priced based on length of the Tuna Trip. The longer the trip, the further we can go to get you on the fish, and the more fishing time you have. There are limits as to how far it is feasible to run, and still have adequate fishing time. Our full blown true "canyon charter" is our 22 hour trip. Our shorter 10 and 12 hour trips target sharks and tuna inside the canyons for the most part. If necessary, we can reach the closest parts, of the closest canyons, on a 12 hour trip, but fishing time begins to get tight. Typically a day trip to the canyon is going to be 14-16 hours. 10 Hour trips are available when the Bluefin move inshore and are within striking range of these shorter tuna trips. We will do whatever we can do, to get you on the Tuna, given the time constraints of the trip, your budget, etc. To book a date, we do NOT need to know whether it is a 10, 12, 14, or 16 hr trip, just that you want the day. We will inform you as to the bite, as we get closer to your date, so you can decide exactly what trip you'd like to run. One other note. We have had a great early season bite the last couple years. We have 22 hour canyon trips scheduled for mid June this season.

OU fishes major sharks, marlin, and tuna tournaments such as the Mid Atlantic 500, Cape May Shark Tournament, and Ocean City White Marlin Open. Our offshore charter boats dock at Sunrise Marina which is one of the most conveniently located facilities, with respect to the inlet, in all Cape May County. Chartering out of Avalon allows our NJ Charter Boats to fish areas not frequented by the Cape May Charter Boats, like the Spencer, Lindenkohl, and Carteret Canyons. Down the page on the left is a link to our most recent appearance on ESPN2, which highlighted great Mako Shark and Tuna action on a 46 hour canyon fishing trip with George Poveromo. Also linked at the bottom-left side of this page is our most recent Salt Water Sportsman article with lots of detailed information on how we fish the NJ Canyons, including anchoring in up to 800 feet of water!

NJ Charter Fishing in the canyons is one of the most exciting big game fishing trips around. You can catch virtually every type of tuna, in addition to swordfish, big sharks, dolphin, and marlin.

10 Hour Shark Fishing Charters!

Beginning in early June we will be shark fishing for Monster Sharks! Mako Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Blue Sharks, and many more are to be had only 30 to 40 miles offshore. NJ Shark Fishing is usually quite active, but only lasts a few weeks, as the water warms to just the right temperature. The Shark Fishing will begin when the bait (typically bluefish) move in, and will end, when the water warms in later June and they move offshore. If you want to get out on a great Shark Fishing Charter, June is the time. The run to the Shark Fishing grounds is relatively short and typically we don't go further than 40 miles. Our Shark Fishing Charters are 10 hours long, versus our Tuna Charters which start at 12 hours. Give us a shout to set up your NJ Shark Fishing Trip! We also fish the Cape May Shark Tournament and are available for Charter for this great event as well as several other small Shark Tournaments.

12 Hour Inshore Tuna Charter!

In late June we start running day trips for Tuna. The Bluefin Tuna typically are the first to show and we can troll for them, chunk, jig, or a combination of all of the above. Our New Jersey Tuna Charters are top notch and we have a habit of putting big fish in the boat! Check out the photo at the bottom of the page, which shows our guys with both the first and second place Bluefin Tuna at the annual Jersey Shore Classic Fishing Tournament a couple years ago. Normally we depart around 4am on our New Jersey Tuna Charters, returning about the same time that afternoon. The run to the Tuna grounds is typically 40-55 miles, and our 12 hour tuna trips mostly fish inside the canyons in 30 to 50 fathoms. For a canyon fishing charter, we recommend our 16 hour or 22 hour canyon trips. They allow us enough time to get to the canyons, typically a 70 mile run, and still have plenty of fishing time. The 12 hour trips are primarily Bluefin Tuna trips, although depending on conditions, the Yellowfin Tuna may be found inside the canyons on these trips also. Each year is different, and what makes tuna fishing here in New Jersey so exciting.

16 Hour Canyon Fishing Trips!

Beginning as soon as conditions warrant, we will offer long day trips to the canyon for Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, Marlin, and Bluefin Tuna on the way in or out. Our run to the New Jersey Canyons is about 70 to 80 miles from the Cape May area and we can fish from the Lindenkohl to the Poormans canyon on our 16 hour Canyon Fishing Trips. We target Yellowfin Tuna, White Marlin, Dolphin, Bluefin Tuna, Wahoo, and Blue Marlin on these trips. Typically we leave around midnight, arriving in the Canyons just before daybreak. We troll all day, returning to the dock around 4pm in the afternoon. Sometimes we can mix in some chunking or jigging before sunrise, depending on the time of year and whether or not the Tuna are responding better on the chunk or troll. Dolphin are often number around the lobster gear in the Canyons and Wahoo and Marlin are often mixed in with the tuna. The run to the fishing grounds is typically around 3 hours.

22 & 46 Hour Overnight Tuna Charters

We have become known for running a lot of Overnight Tuna Charters, as our crews and customers love them. No other trip allows you the maximum chance to put a nice catch of fish together and experience several different types of new jersey fishing all on one trip. We will almost always both troll and chunk on these trips, moving up and down the edge of the canyon until we find the Tuna. When we do, we stop right there and fish. We will deploy up to 2000' of anchor line to hold us over the tuna when we find them. If we feel a drift will take us over productive water, we will drift, but more often than not, we will throw the anchor on a temperature break, a pocket of warm water, bait concentration, or just simply an area in which we are getting bites. This is just one of the extra steps that we take at OU to maximize our clients' chances of having a memorable trip. Our 55' Custom Carolina built LOW PROFILE has the speed and range to fish from the Hudson Canyon to the Norfolk Canyon, and out of Avalon, NJ we are perfectly positioned to go where we need to go, in order to put the boat on the fish. Our base trip is up to 80 miles, which keeps prices low and allows us to fish from the Lindenkohl Canyon to the Poormans Canyon. If the bite is hot and we need to go a bit further, we just charge for our extra fuel.

New Jersey Overnight Tuna Charters - A Typical OU Itinerary

George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing

Fishing the New Jersey Canyons

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