Rockaway Fishing Charters

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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
    Shark Special Trip (11 Hours)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    11 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    Join Capt. Tom and get ready to come face-to-gills with some of the ocean's most notorious marine life! On this 11 hour trip, you'll have the chance to hook a variety of Shark species, including Mako and Thresher. For this trip, 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! These trips can last up to 12 hours, and are exciting and rewarding. You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fluke
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 4 May - 30 Sep
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Dec
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    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 your license, food, and plenty of drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Striper
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Apr - 1 Dec
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    Striped Bass provide plenty of exciting, rod-bending action for anglers of all ages and abilities. Join your captain and get ready to chase this world-famous species! You'll also have the chance to hook Bluefish, and whatever else is biting. Depending on where the fish are, you'll be traveling up to 30 miles offshore to the hottest spots. Capt. Tom will show you the best techniques to use to hook your catch, using top-notch rods and reels, bait, and tackle. Your trip also includes a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Striper Night Trip (5 Hours)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec
    $500
    up to 6 persons
    When it comes to Striped Bass, your captain has a motto: "Day or night these fish are hungry, and we head out to find 'em!" On this 5-hour evening trip, you'll have the chance to hook plenty of Striper, as well as whatever else happens to be biting – Porgy, Seabass, and more. Your captain will meet you at the dock, with all of the gear and bait you need to attract these fish set up on the boat. Your trip includes top-notch branded rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license for all guests.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Porgy/Seabass (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fluke (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 4 May - 30 Sep (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 4 May - 30 Sep (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip – Striper (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Apr - 1 Dec (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    Join your captain for this morning adventure that'll see you going after some seriously fun game fish – Striped Bass! You'll also have the chance to hook Bluefish and other species that call these waters home, including Seabass and Porgy. Get ready to troll, jig, or bait fish for your catch – your captain will be on hand to show you the best technique to use, as well as his favorite tips and tricks! Your trip includes top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a valid fishing license for all.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Striper (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    Join your captain on this 4-hour afternoon adventure, where you'll have the chance to hook huge Striper (Striped Bass), and maybe even some Bluefish! Striped Bass and Bluefish are game fish, and provide some of the best action-packed angling in this area. You'll be trolling, jigging, or bait fishing for them. Although this trip mainly targets these species, you'll also have the chance to reel in other fish that are in season, including Porgy and White Seabass. Rods, reels, bait, and tackle are included.
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About the Captain

Tom LaCognata
New York, New York, United States
Angler's Choice
12 reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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)
Bluefish
Flounder
Scup (Porgy)

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

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
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

Customer Reviews

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Samuel T.
The Bronx, NY
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Great day

VERIFIED   NEW  June 12, 2019
Captain Tom is the man. Clearly a master of his trade. From the minute we dropped lines in we started pulling out fish. I...
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Jili Z.
Brooklyn, New York
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BEST FISHING TRIP EVER!

VERIFIED   NEW  June 7, 2019
Thanks to Captain Tom for going above and beyond to take care of us! First of all, the boat was big and offered a bathroom,...
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Half Day fishing trip with Captain Tom...

VERIFIED   NEW  June 16, 2019
We had a fantastic time! We were a family of 6. Captain Tom was amazing catering to what we wanted and making sure our trip...
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Albert W.
Brooklyn, NY
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Half day trip with Capt. Tom 1:00PM to 5PM

VERIFIED   NEW  June 8, 2019
Saturday June 8, 2019, sunny but very windy, canceled trolling plan, went near Jamaica Bay, drift near the Marine Parkway Bridge...
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Manuel M.
New York, New York
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Night Bite with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   May 24, 2019
We had a great night of fishing with Captain Tom. We arrived early and Tom was already there and we were underway right on...
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Fishing Reports

Shark time

June 23, 2019

Tis the season for Shark. 5 sharks landed on the last trip. Blues and Threshers. Read Full Report →


Fluke and blues

June 21, 2019

Some nice fluke and blues coming aboard. Read Full Report →


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