Fishing

“Fishing Capital of the World”” is proudly proclaimed as you enter Montauk Harbor. Montauk is the largest commercial harbor in New York State and home port for some of the greatest sport fishing on the East Coast. Fish offshore for shark, tuna, marlin, and mahi mahi, or stay inshore for flounder, fluke, porgies, bluefish, striped bass, and blackfish, all found off Montauk’s shores. During the summer months the harbor is filled with boats of all sizes, pushing out to find the fish. Montauk also has the largest commercial harbor on Long Island with draggers, long liners, and other commercial boats plying the sea throughout the year.

Party or “head” boats are fun for the whole family. Experienced captains and crew provide fishing gear and advice. The flat-rate price includes everything except for food, drinks, and tips to the crew. Half-day trips, great fun for the kids, will take you inshore, they generally leave at 8am and then at 1pm. Full day trips leave according to the season, so check with each boat for their times. Modern equipment and experienced captains know how to put you in the action, whether for blues, flounder, fluke, or other popular fish. Reservations, particularly in the summer months, are recommended.

EBB TIDE  
marlinfleet.com
631-668-2818
Offers two half day trips daily on their 65’ custom built boat and promises super fishing for the whole family.

LAZYBONES
montauksportfishing.com/lazybones/
631-668-5671
Lazybones fishes in calm local waters with a clean vessel and a superior crew. It’s famous motto is “Bring your lunch catch your dinner”. She sails everyday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm with reservations highly suggested. Please call Kathy at 631-668-5671.

MISS MONTAUK II
missmontauk.com
631-668-1545

The 85’ Miss Montauk II is a boat that is ideal for open boat Montauk fishing year-round. Family run, Miss Montauk II has a comfortable cabin and lots of room on deck.

VIKING FLEET
vikingfleet.com
631-668-5700
Schedules half day inshore trips twice daily and also offers a full offshore schedule, nighttime striped bass, two day trips, and winter cod trips.

Six-person charter boats will take you off shore for spectacular fishing for those big game fish —tuna, shark, marlin, and mahi mahi, when the warm waters of the Gulf Stream come close to Montauk’s shores from late June through mid-October. Great fishing can be found for most of the year, depending on the species. When you hire a charter, you are also hiring the fish-finding expertise of a captain. Montauk’s captains are legendary, and will give you a day on the water you won’t forget. Call the boat to reserve.

BLUE FIN IV
Captain Michael Potts        

BlueFinIV.com
631-668-9323
Captain Michael Potts’ family has been operating a charter boat business in Montauk since 1944. His mother, a commercial pilot would spot swordfish from the air with Michael riding shotgun, and his father and uncle would harpoon them for the market. These days Michael pilots his own boat, a 41′ custom sport fisherman fully equipped to catch anything from flounder to giant tuna. Reservations should be made well in advance.

CAPTAIN KEITH HUNT  
631-681-8873 or 631-329-0015
38′ Topaz for 1-6 passengers invites families, groups, and beginners for full day, half day, or a custom tailored trip for your crew. Their motto is “Fun and Fish Guaranteed!” Located at Snug Harbor Hotel and Marina, across from the Montauk Yacht Club.

CUJO
montaukcharterboatcujo.com 

631 678-2127
Cujo is a 38ft Rose Brothers, built in North Carolina to take the heavy seas with comfort. Fast twin-caterpillar diesels, wide beam, state of the art electronics and top quality equipment. Cujo is a U.S. documented vessel, built for charter and commercial fishing. Safety inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, Cujo meets or exceeds all safety regulations. Sailing from Star Island Yacht Club. Six passenger max capacity.

EBB TIDE              
Tom Jordan
marlinfleet.com/ebb-tide/
631-668-2818

ELIZABETH II CHARTERS         
ElizabethIICharters.com
516-817-1939
Go inshore and offshore fishing with Captain Paul on the Elizabeth II Charters, a 45 foot custom charter boat. He can take multi-passenger charters up to 25 people. At Montauk Marine Basin.

HALFBACK CHARTERS
Captain Art Cortes
captain-art.net
Star Island Rd, Montauk
631-668-1305
Faster and cleaner than ever. Less diesel smoke on 35′ Viking express Sportfisherman.  A true 25 knot canyon runner for a fast, stable ride.  Proven tournament winner – Holder of 2 IGFA World records!

LADY GRACE V
LadyGraceCharters.com
516-768-6849
Captain Mario invites you to experience Montauk’s newest, fastest, most comfortable state-of-the-art integrated electronics 42′ charter boat. Can accommodate up to 16 passengers. Half days, full days and evenings for bass, fluke, tuna, and shark. At Westlake Marina.

MY JOYCE III FISHING CHARTERS
MyJoyceFishing.com
631-641-2138
Captain Ken Hejducek invites you to come and enjoy a day of fun with family and friends on his fast and comfortable 33 foot Sport Fisherman. Offering Full/Half Day Trips – Inshore and Offshore. Evening cruises for 1-6 passengers. Sailing from Viking Dock in Montauk Harbor.

MISHELL II
Mishell2FishingCharters.com
631-466-0694
Brand new 38×15 ft. charter boat. Half-day or full day trips, night eel trips, overnight trips. Go for tuna, shark, huge striped bass, bottom fish combo. Beginners welcomed. Bait & tackle included. Sailing from Westlake Marina.

NOVEMBER RAIN CHARTERS
NovemberRainCharters.com  
646-335-7315 for Captain Jill and 646-423-8806 for Captain Steve
43 foot Lowell taking 1-20 passengers for full and half day, twilight and night, and offshore and inshore and extended day fishing. Also available for sunset cruises. Goes out for striped bass, bluefish, fluke, bottom fishing, shark and tuna.

SUSIE E.
SusieE.com
631-523-8862
Captain Burt Prince will take you out and let you customize your trip. The 48 foot custom sport fisherman has a comfortable cabin with seating and welcomes beginners, experts and families. 1-33 person private parties for sightseeing, corporate and family events. Half and full day, extended and overnight. Fluke bass, bottom fishing, sharks, tuna and cod.

WEEJACK
WeeJack.com
631-252-2536
Book a charter on the Weejack’s 38 foot custom sport fisherman for some of the best sport fishing on the East Coast. Offering inshore and offshore full day or half day trips, evening and night trips. WeeJack customizes fishing trips to fit. Also offering sunset cruises, Block Island trips, and other trips for corporate functions or special events.

NATURAL ANGLERS FISHING CHARTERS   
NaturalAnglers.com
516-785-7171 or 516-641-5331
Natural Anglers is located at The Montauk Lake Club & Gone Fishing Marina. Captains Barry Kanavy and John Kanavy teach saltwater fly-fishing and offer light tackle and fly-fishing charters from beginner to expert. It’s all about fun and fishing in Montauk.

Uihlein’s      
UihleinsMarina.com
631-668-3799
Located in the Harbor, rents 16 foot skiffs to 31 foot cabin cruisers.

Bass, sunfish, perch, and walleyes inhabit Montauk’s ponds and lakes. Fort Pond is the largest, but others are deep in the woods, like Oyster Pond in Montauk Point State Park or Fresh Pond in Hither Hills State Park. Freshwater fishing requires a license—ask at the NY State Park office at Montauk Downs. Fishing at Big Reed Pond in Theodore Roosevelt County Park requires a Green Key” card, available at Montauk Downs.

Surfcasting in Montauk is epic and legendary, deservedly so. To do it successfully you’ll need braided line at 30+ pound test and a nice selection of bucktails and plugs. Always crush your barbs, bring fish in quickly, and release safely what you won’t keep. Cast out by Camp Hero, the Lighthouse, and Gin Beach, plus all the south side beaches from Montauk Point to Hither Hills campground. The top seasons for surfcasting are spring and fall, when stripers linger off  Montauk before migrating, but our big blues can be found from July through October. Permits to park after hours at Camp Hero and the Montauk Point Lighthouse Parking Lot or on the beach by the Lighthouse are sold at Montauk Downs, 631-668-5000. Purchase Gin Beach driving permits at the park office at the end of East Lake Drive. Note: A license (it’s free) is required to fish beaches in NY State. Acquire your Marine Fishing License at dec.ny.gov.

Montauk is famous for surfcasting and boat-based fishing but it does sport a pier at Eddie Ecker County Park (which is also a great dog spot) at the end of Navy Road just beyond Fort Pond Bay. Cross over the train tracks and make a left, drive until you reach the park. There is a parking lot and a rocky beach. The spot offers easy access to trails in Hither Woods Preserve and is a good place for launching kayaks and canoes. It’s open year round.

WESTLAKE MARINA

westlake-marina.com
631-668-5600
Carries a large selection of boating-oriented fishing supplies and tackle.

UIHLEIN’S MARINA                   
uihleinsmarina.com
631-668-3799
Carries a large selection of boating-oriented fishing supplies and tackle.

DARENBERG’S MONTAUK MARINE BASIN
MarineBasin.com
631-668-5900
The ship’s store at the Montauk marine Basin carries a selection of tackle from Stalker Outfitters, as well as tuna, swordfish, and marlin lures, Tormenter Tackle, Fin Strike Rigs, as well as inshore and offshore baits and marine supplies.

PAULIE’S TACKLE          
131 S. Edgemere Street
631-668-5520
In town is considered the surfcasters tackle shop.

DARENBERG’S MONTAUK MARINE BASIN
MarineBasin.com
426 West Lake Drive

631-668-5900
Montauk’s most complete marina and shipyard offering seasonal and transient dockage for boats up to 80′. Charter fleet and free charter service available, a sport fishing headquarters.

MONTAUK INLET SEAFOOD    
inletseafood.com           
631-668-3419
Also on East Lake Drive, is a working dock and New York State’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Inlet Seafood is home to the Inlet Seafood Restaurant.

MONTAUK LAKE CLUB
montauklakeclub.com       
631-668-5705
On East Lake Drive, offers seasonal and transient dockage, a restaurant, and a spa.

RICK’S CRABBY COWBOY CAFE AND MARINA      
CrabbyCowboy.com
631-806-9660
22 new slips with solid finger piers to each boat –getting on and off your boat is a breeze. Across from Montauk Airport, the marina provides deepwater access, 50/30 amp electric, metered individually, piped drinking water, marina showers, laundry and free Wi-Fi.  

UIHLEIN’S MARINA & BOATYARD     
UihleinsMarina.com
631-668-3799
Family owned and operated, Uihlein’s is a full-service marina, boat yard and recreation center, of ering Jet Ski, boat, and slip rentals, and boat sales and service.

WESTLAKE MARINA      
Westlake-Marina.com
631-668-5600
Family owned, located just north of Star Island Road, is home to 160 slips and 17 charter boats and a restaurant.