About Us

Sustainable fishing for future generations of family fun.

Our History

The Miss Chris and the Lady Chris Fishing Boat have been in the Cape May area providing half day and full day fishing excursions for decades. Started by Frank Speigel in 1973, then owned by Capt Fred through the late 80s, 90s through 2014, and now owned by Captain Jeff Stewart and Son, owners of the Cape May Whale Watcher and Miss Chris Marina and operated by Captain Mike Scanlan and Mate Jim. Captain Mike has been at the helm for 25 years and knows his way around Cape May, New Jersey and its plentiful fishing grounds. His knowledge is vast in all local species, but he specializes in Fluke. Mate Jim Hyndeman has been on the water for 20 years and has the experience to keep the boat and crew running smoothly and catching fish. Mate Jim Thompson has been aboard several of the areas most successful party boats and is our favorite mate for story telling and laughs. Mate Judy Lund comes aboard for many charters and brings with her a vast knowledge of the areas fishing and folklore. New comer Gavin brings enthusiasm and a different perspective to.....everything! Other folks you may see aboard include Captain Jeff Stewart Jr, Captain Fred Dietz, Captain Robert Leech and Captain Bob Schumann. 

Sustainability is our goal, so we catch fish today and tomorrow. We work hand in hand with NOAA, Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the State of New Jersey Divison of Fish and Game Marine Fisheriers Council to ensure recreational anglers have a voice and are heard in matters of Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Tautog, Weakfish, Striped Bass, Cod, Mackerel, and a host of other species. We support our local whale watching company, Cape May Whale Watcher and Spirit of Cape May with Dolphin Watching and Whale Watching Reports Daily.

The Miss Chris and Lady Chris fishing boats are posting reports weekly to the website under reports as well as to the Fisherman, the Philadelphia Inquirier, the Daily News, the Press of Atlantic City, the Cape May County Herald, Cape May Star and Wave, the Shoppe, and many other local publications and websites.

Whether you're looking for an afternoon excursion, a morning family adventure or something special like a family reunion or birthday party, we've got the gear and expertise to help you enjoy the great outdoors.

Additional Information:

Trips are 4 Hours in length in season

Bait and Tackle Included

Rods and Reels are $5 to Rent on a 4 hour trip. Rods are by Gull and Reels are by Penn and Shimano

Fishing License is Included for every passenger. We are regulated byt the National Marine Fisheries, subject to all Federal and State of New Jersey Recreational Saltwater Marine Fisheries Regulations. During Striped Bass season, we participate in the NJ Bonus Tag Program for Striped Bass

Open Boat Trips Occur Daily, Advance purchase is recommended, however in most cases purchase the day of in person is fine.

Private Charters Available Upon Request

Arrive 60 minutes prior to departure

Everything you need to fish is on board the boat. If you are looking for special bait, like live minnows and eels, or GULP or special rigs or Bucktails, MOJOs, Niners, Diamond Jigs and other cutting edge tackle, see Capt Bob in the Miss Chris Tackle Shop whats working and what will help you go for even bigger fish.

You should bring Sunscreen, Hats, Sunglasses, Jackets on cooler days

Snack Bar Available, but you may bring food and drink, even beer, Cans preffered, no more than 6 pack per person

The Crew
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Mike Scanlan

Captain Mike has been at the helm for 25 years and knows his way around Cape May, New Jersey and its plentiful fishing grounds.

Jeff Stewart Jr.

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Fred Dietz

First Mate
Jim Hyndeman

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Jim Thompson

Judy Lund



The Boats
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-125 Feet Long
-Built by Gulf Craft in 1998, Rebuilt by Back Harbor Marine Inc in 2018
-Quad Caterpillar 3412 1100 HP Engines, 4400 Horsepower Total
-Twin John Deere 50 KW Generators
-LED Lighting
-Mens and Ladies Restrooms on both decks
-Padded Dinnete seating in Air Conditioned and Heated Cabin
-Perimeter Seating for 150 Anglers
-150 Rod Holders
-United States Coast Guard Certified for 300 Passengers
-Furuno Radar and Chartplotting
-Furunop Fishfinder
-50 Gull Rods with Penn Longbeach 60 Reels
-Fish Cleaning Service Available

The Atlantis is the perfect boat for your next affordable family fishing adventure.
She is available for Charter Fishing or Cruising. From Bachelor Parties to Sea Burials to
Birthday Parties to Offshore Adventures, the Lady Chris has the ammenities, size and speed to make your
special event the star of your shore memories.

Miss Chris

  • 75 feet Long 22 feet Wide
  • Lydia Yacht made in the USA
  • Twin John Deere 650 HP Diesel Engines
  • New in 2016 EPA Tier III Clean Diesel Technology
  • Twin Diesel Generators 
  • Two Decks
  • Walk around for unobstructed fishing space
  • 80 Fishing Rod Holders
  • Large bow pulpit area
  • Large main cabin with Air Conditioning and Heat
  • Dinette Seating with Cushioned seats
  • Men's and Lady's Restrooms 
  • Upper Deck seating
  • Furuno and Simrad Electronics
  • Night lights
  • 40 speaker surround sound system
  • WiFi
  • 100 Gull Rods with Penn And Shimano Reels rigged with Ande and Suffix Line
  • Full Snack bar featuring Beer, Sodas, mixed cocktails, chips crackers hot dogs ice cream and other snacks.

The ALL NEW Miss Chris was built for fishing cruising in complete safety and luxury. From her spacious Air Conditioned Cabin, to her well equipped Snack Bar to her huge upper deck, this is a Yacht meant for the perfect family outing. Whether you are coming out Half Day Fishing for Flounder, Sea Bass, Weakfish, Taug, Blues, Striped Bass or Drum, aboard for a Lighthouse Cruise, chartering her for your Special Event, or heading to the offshore fishing grounds in search of Giant Sea Bass, Tilefish or Tuna, you will appreciate the attention to detail this Cape May Sportfishing Yacht has recieved. Her powerful, clean John Deere Power is American Made, just like the rest of the boat and known for durability, reliability and quality. Our Crew goes through the vessel daily as well as annually to keep her in Bristol condition for your next outing. Come aboard for the adventure, and experience the quality!

Personalized Service

We offer personalized fishing services, from rentals and gear to complete instruction and extended trips. Partner with us to make your day -- or week -- on the sea something special.

Private Charters

If you have a group and would like to go fishing, our private group rates start at $599 for groups of 10 people for the spring and fall. Our Night trip in the summer is a favorite for private charter fishing or cruising

Something Special

We also offer cruises for bachelorette parties, sea burials, birthday parties, anniversaries, dinner cruises, wine cruises and we feature exclusive access to the Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse.

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If you think you have what it takes to head out on the water with up to 150 people to keep safe and find fish, then we would like to talk to you. 100 Ton Masters Licence required. Random Drug Testing Mandatory. Previous Experience mandatory.

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Deck Hands

We are looking for someone friendly and knowledgeable about fishing to work the deck throughout the season. We also have positions only in the spring and fall as well as winter prep work. Random Drug Testing Mandatory. Earn Sea Time to put towards your Captains Licence available along with laughs and a great marina community.

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Waterski Instructor

We need a certified instructor to teach our Saturday morning classes for adults and kids.

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If you are social media savy, email oriented, understand word, adobe acrobat, photoshop, excel and powerpoint we have a job for you.

Organized, goal oriented, open to guidance, along with fresh ideas and perspective on marketing are all good traits. Open to organizing games for customers, fundraising, public outreach and working for a family business is helpful. Enjoying fish as freinds and food doesnt hurt. Into Dolphins and Whales a big bous.

Graphic designing is not a priority, but an eye for photography is.

Please submit all inquires to captjeffstewart@yahoo.com. Include wildlife photo work, print design, email marketing sample ( newsletter) and bio.

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