Fishing

MONTAUK HARBOR

“Fishing Capital of the World” is proudly proclaimed as you enter Montauk Harbor, the state’s largest commercial harbor 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. Tight lines!

Party or “head” boats are fun for the whole family. Experienced captains and crew provide fishing gear, advice, and know how to put you in the action. Prices typically include everything except food, drinks, and tips. Half-day trips, great fun for the kids, stay inshore and generally run 8am to 1pm. Full day trips leave according to the season, so check with each boat for their times.

EBB TIDE  
marlinfleet.com
631-668-2818
Captain Tom Jordan offers two half day trips daily on their 65’ custom built boat and promises super fishing for the whole family. 631-668- 2818; at Salivar’s Dock

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. 631-668-5671, montauk-sportfishing.com/lazybones/

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. 631-668-5700, vikingfleet.com

Full day or half day, inshore or offshore, charter boats will get you into fish, including big game action on 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. When you hire a charter, you are hiring the fish-finding expertise of a captain. Montauk’s captains are legendary and will give you action you won’t forget. Call the boats to reserve. More details @ onmontauk.com/montauk-fishing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Is the place if you prefer the relaxation of fishing on your own. Rent skiffs and center consoles to take out into the harbor or sound.

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. Fresh water 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
On East Lake Drive is a working dock and NY’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.  

SNUG HARBOR MOTEL AND MARINA
631-668-2860
On Star Island, tucked into the calmest corner of Montauk Harbor, provides secure berths for small craft as well as those over 45ft. They offer seasonal and transient dockage, individual electric/water/cable, WIFI, bath house with washer/dryer and nearby boat launching.

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, offering 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.