Capt Jim Freda is a USCG licensed Captain and co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service one of the northeast’s premier fly and light tackle charter services. He has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 38 years targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, and mahi. Jim is on the National Elite Pro Staff for St. Croix Rods, Spro, Gamakatsu, Avet, Korkers, Aqua Skinz, Tony Maja, TAK Waterman, and Hogy Lures.
Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, seminar speaker, and photographer. As a seminar speaker Jim has been featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show, the Saltwater Expo, and the Canyon Runner seminar series. His book, “Fishing the New Jersey Coast”, is a best seller on the market today and has received the “New Jersey Center for the Book Award” as one of the most notable NJ books. He is also co-author of “Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach”. Jim writes for Saltwater Sportsman, Big Game Journal, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, The Fisherman Magazine, On the Water Magazine, and StriperSurf.com. Jim has weekly saltwater fishing columns that appear in The Bergen Record and Coast Star newspapers. Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in NJ and Pa and a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in NYC.
Jim’s favorite fish to target is bluefin tuna getting them up on top by casting to them with topwater stickbaits and poppers. He loves being on the water with his 17 year old son Tommy who is his mate. His home port is Manasquan Inlet, NJ.