Rockaway Fishing Charters

When you think of New York City, you probably imagine bright lights, busy streets, and that world-famous skyline – however, Captain Tom LaCognata is here to show you a whole other side to the “Big Apple.” Join him on board Rockaway Fishing Charters, located in Brooklyn, where his mission is simple: “To put you on fish and make sure you have an enjoyable, comfortable, and safe time out on the water.”

Capt. Tom is a native New Yorker who’s been fishing for over 45 years. He’s explored many local fisheries, as well as those further afield, including Costa Rica, Mexico, and Aruba. He decided to turn his passion for angling into a career, and offers first-class fishing trips that are suitable for anglers of all ages and abilities, including children. They’re completely customizable, too – let him know what you want to hook, and he’ll take you to the hottest spots around!

You’ll be fishing from your captain’s 30’ Luhrs offshore sportfishing vessel, perfectly built to tackle the waters of Jamaica Bay, as well as the open ocean. She can accommodate up to 6 guests, so bring along the entire family, or settle some scores with your best angling buddies! On board, you’ll find a full toilet, top-of-the-line navigational gear, life jackets for all ages, a multi-media system, and outriggers for maximum fishability.

Capt. Tom caters his trips for all types of anglers, so there’s something to suit every skill level. Want to take your family on an unforgettable vacation? Spend the day Fluke fishing – these fish are plenty of fun to catch, and also make for tasty table fare! Want to hook some game fish? Get ready for plenty of rod-bending action as you chase Striper (Striped Bass), Bluefish, and more. For hardcore anglers, come face-to-gills with some impressive marine life as you target a variety of Shark species.

Your trip includes Penn, Shimano, and Daiwa rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license. Come aboard Rockaway Fishing Charters to see another side of New York!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore Bluefin Tuna/Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Oct 30
    $1,500
    This unusual trip has been created due to the increase of local Bluefin Tuna visiting our waters lately, and customer demand for this type of fishing. On these trips we set out early for bait, and then off to the fishing grounds in search of Bluefin Tuna. We sometimes have a bycatch of big sharks during these trips also, BUT there is NO GUARANTEE of catching either! We can take a shot at the fish of a lifetime if you have the patience and understand that we may or may not catch fish. DEC regulations apply
  • Private trip
    Shark Special Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Nov 30
    $1,250
    Join Capt. Tom and get ready to come face-to-gills with some of the ocean's most notorious marine life! On this trip, you'll have the chance to hook a variety of Shark species, including Mako and Thresher. You'll head up to 30 miles offshore, so fishermen must be prepared to handle the elements – as well as a fight with some seriously big Shark! You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bass and Blues
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Dec 5
    $900
    Trolling, casting, or bait fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Captain's Choice
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 6
    $800
    Fishing for the best option of species to catch for the day. Could be a mixed bag.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fluke
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Sep 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $800
    Spend a full day reeling in some tasty table fare, as well as whatever else happens to be biting! If you're looking for a fun family day out, this trip fits the bit perfectly – Fluke provide plenty of angling action for fishermen of all ages and abilities, and you'll leave with a delicious dinner, too. Your captain will take you out to Jamaica Bay and potentially even further onto the ocean for your chance to reel 'em in. Your trip includes top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Porgy/Seabass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $800
    Spend 7 hours on the water, prowling for Porgy and Seabass, and chances are, you will come back to shore with a cooler full of fish. You will have plenty of time to explore the waters, and along with Porgy and Seabass, you can hook plenty of other species. Your captain will help out with everything you need and go the extra mile to make your trip a memorable one. Don't forget to bring your food and plenty of drinks.
  • Private trip
    Evening Trip – Captain's Choice
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 30 - Dec 5 (Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $600
    All fish in season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bass and Blues (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Dec 5 (Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $600
    Trolling, casting, or bait fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bass and Blues (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Dec 5 (Thu, Sat, Sun)
    $600
    Trolling, casting, or bait fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish.
  • Private trip
    Thanksgiving Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 25 - Nov 25 (Thu)
    $600
    Thanksgiving morning trip, be back for turkey time.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 31 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
  • Private trip
    Fireworks and Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 4 - Sep 3 (Fri)
    $500
    This trip will give you the opportunity to indulge in a spot of fishing, as well as taking in the stunning fireworks over the bay. Bring some friends and some cocktails and enjoy!
  • Private trip
    Half Day (AM) – Captain's Choice
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 3 - Dec 6 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    Fishing for the best option of species to catch for the day. Could be a mixed bag.
  • Private trip
    Half Day (PM) – Captain's Choice
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 3 - Dec 5 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    Fishing for the best option of species to catch for the day. Could be a mixed bag.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fluke (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Sep 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    This 4-hour morning adventure will see you cruising Jamaica Bay and further out on the ocean for the chance to hook some mouth-watering Fluke! Depending on where you want to fish, it'll take you from half an hour to get to the hottest spots. This trip is perfect for anglers of all abilities, especially families with little ones – fishing for Fluke provides plenty of fun angling action for the whole family! Your trip includes rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license for all.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fluke (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 4 - Sep 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    Join Capt. Tom for this afternoon trip, where you'll have the chance to hook some tasty table fare! You'll be cruising the waters of Jamaica Bay, or even further out on the ocean, to seek out delicious Fluke. This species is fun to catch, and even better to eat! If you have little ones, Fluke and all the other fish that hang out with them provide an excellent first-time angling adventure. Your trip includes top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license for all guests.
  • Private trip
    Mid Day – Captain's Choice
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Dec 6 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $500
    Catch the sunset!
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About the Captain

Tom LaCognata
New York City, New York, United States
Angler's Choice
116 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
116 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2018
Capt. Tom has been fishing for more than 45 years, so it's safe to say that he's got plenty of angling experience and knowledge under his belt! He's a local New Yorker, but has fished all over the States, as well as exploring the plentiful fisheries of Costa Rica, Mexico, and Aruba. He decided to turn his passion for angling into a career over 10 years ago, and has been running successful charters ever since. His favorite part of the job is seeing his customers have fun, and helping newbies and little ones learn the tricks of the trade. He loves helping kids reel in their first fish! Your captain also participates in tournaments, and won the prestigious Brooklyn Shark Tournament in 2016. As well as this, he has experience of battling seriously big game fish – he once hooked a whopping 500 lb Black Marlin, which took him 45 minutes to reel in!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Shark (Blue) Blue Shark
Shark (Mako) Mako Shark
Shark (Thresher) Thresher Shark

Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Luhrs (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1997, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 350HP Mercruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 15 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Last chance!
Last chance!
November 27, 2021
Bass season is coming to a close and fishing is great! Take your last shot this weekend. We are available Saturday and Sunday.
Good fishing today!
Good fishing today!
November 22, 2021
Today's Father and son trip was epic! With Bass of all sizes and Bluefish. Only a few weeks left, come and get em!!
Big Bass!
Big Bass!
November 19, 2021
Come and get em! Open alll week and weekend!

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   Inshore Bluefin Tuna/Shark on October 13, 2021
Captain Tom and his mate Rob were all-around great.  They have been friends and fishing together for many years and work together...
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Afternoon Fishing Charter

VERIFIED   Half Day (PM) – Captain's Choice on August 6, 2021
Our fishing trip with Tom and Thomas could not have been better. My friends and I are brand new to fishing with literally no...
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Maplewood, NJ
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Full day of enjoyment

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Captain's Choice on July 6, 2021
A group of 4 of us went out with Captain Tom and had an excellent time.  We ranged from total beginner to a person with their...
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Woodhaven, New York
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Cap say’s “Bring all the beers you can carry”

VERIFIED   1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (AM) on June 27, 2021
Ahoy there! Finding the marina and the vessel was effortless. My party of fun fish lovers Was welcomed by the...
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Relaxing Day at Sea

Half Day (AM) – Captain's Choice on August 4, 2021
Perfect fishing trip for beginners and old timers. Captain Tom and First Mate Thomas were the perfect guides for our fishing...
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FAQs about Rockaway Fishing Charters

Rockaway Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Mid Day – Captain's Choice (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Fluke (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Fluke (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day (PM) – Captain's Choice (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day (AM) – Captain's Choice (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Fireworks and Fishing (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Thanksgiving Special (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Bass and Blues (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Bass and Blues (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Evening Trip – Captain's Choice (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Porgy/Seabass (7 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Fluke (7 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Captain's Choice (7 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Bass and Blues (7 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - Shark Special Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Inshore Bluefin Tuna/Shark (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Rockaway Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Full head, private)
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Rockaway Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Dependent on group size)
  • Fishing License (Address is 3260 flatbush ave. Dock #c109. )

Rockaway Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Rockaway Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rockaway Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Weakfish