Halfback Charters

Star Island Yacht Club 59 Sta…
Montauk NY, United States

Halfback Charters does not need much introduction. With multiple awards to its name, including the world’s biggest Blue Shark (an IGFA record at 15 ft and 528 lbs), this is a charter service that knows how to put you on the very best fish in Montauk’s seas. Fish with them, and you will be with people who know what good fish - and good service - is all about.

The Halfback is a 35 ft Viking Express that has recently been repowered and features a complete range of new electronics to find the best fishing spots. A modern, high speed sport fishing boat, she will get you to the fish quickly and safely. Relax as you travel to and from the fishing grounds - the boat’s upgraded seating and bathroom complete with running water will ensure you are comfortable throughout the journey. And you will not need to risk being let down by faulty fishing gear on your vacation - this boat is loaded with top quality gear by well-known brands such as Shimano, Penn, and Diawa.

Each trip goes out under the guidance of experienced captain Art Cortes and a professional mate. Even if you have never fished in your life, there will be someone on hand at all times to make sure you have the best possible experience on the water. And if you are a pro, you will appreciate the crew’s impressive knowledge of the local fishery. Let this be your chance to catch a famous Montauk Shark, or hook into a big Striped Bass for the fight - and the meal - of your life.

Whatever the season, Halfback Charters will give you an exceptional time on the water out of Montauk. With 80 percent of their business being from repeat customers, discover why it is that once you go Halfback, you will never look back.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Long Range Extreme Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    11 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Nov
    US$ 2500
    up to 6 persons
    A long range trip up to 60 miles, fishing the canyons for Shark and Tuna, as well as Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). These trips are weather dependent! You are much better off booking these on a week day - we have more flexibility as per weather.
  • Private trip
    Offshore Trip - Extended
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Nov
    US$ 1800
    up to 6 persons
    A offshore extended trip in time or distance of 35 miles, fishing for Shark and Tuna. Catching Bass and Blues inshore can also be programed into your trip. Starting and ending times are flexible
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Apr - 10 Nov
    US$ 1500
    up to 6 persons
    A Saturday or Sunday offshore trip up to 25 miles, fishing for Shark and Tuna
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 10 Nov
    US$ 1100
    up to 6 persons
    We are fast enough to multi task and fish different species on your inshore trip, targeting species such as Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, and more. Modify your start time as long as it does not conflict with another trip on that day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Block island
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 10 Nov
    US$ 750
    up to 6 persons
    A Rhode Island fishing trip 10 miles or more from Montauk point. There are times the fishing in block is red-hot. This is some of the best local fishing there is.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (am)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 10 Nov
    US$ 675
    up to 6 persons
    A morning trip fishing the local inshore waters for Striped Bass and more. Departure time is flexible as long as it does not conflict with another trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (pm)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 10 Nov
    US$ 675
    up to 6 persons
    An afternoon trip fishing the local waters of Montauk for species such as Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke. Departure time is flexible if it does not conflict with another trip.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder

Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black)
Shark (Mako)

Shark (Thresher)
Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Viking Express (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 330HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal

About the Captain

Arthur Cortes
Montauk, New York, United States
Member since February 2017
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I grew up in Commack long island and raised a family in Port Jefferson. Fishing quickly became a passion and I found out Montauk was where the fish were. In 1990 I moved to Montauk to pursue my passion, which has always been the ocean and sport fishing. I've been living in Montauk sport fishing for 27 years. I own a home here and I'm a full time resident. I spend winters in South Florida. Fishing the Keys and Pine Island Sound on the west coast of Florida. Snook redfish trout and tarpon. I have fished year round for 27 years. Truly living my dream. America is the land of boundless opportunities!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews

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I have been on my fair share of fishing charters but none like the one we had today with captain Art. He knew exactly where to go and how to get us in and out of the best fishing spots. The boat was perfectly set up for us to fish and hangout while we were waiting for them to start biting and they did! Doug the first mate was awesome, he set us up and was consistently helping us get our rods in and out as well as hooking all our catches of the day. Our monster catch of the day was a 43 lbs stripped bass and boy was she a tough one, but with the help of dough and captain Art I reeled her in and have fish for days! I can’t thank them enough for making myself and my family’s day!!! We will definitely be back for more and I would recommend everyone to spend the day with them!!!

Fished September 2, 2018
Arthur Cortes (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 3, 2018

Hey Shauna
It was a pleasure to have your family on board. A little slow at first, thanks for hanging in there with us we knew they would bite.
Captain Art

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Captain Art and first mate Doug find the stripers!!  We had a great day out at Block Island and brought back our limit. Captain Art knows the science around fishing and uses his 30+ years of experience to make sure your trip is successful.
Highly recommend this charter.

Fished August 27, 2018
Arthur Cortes (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 30, 2018

Thank you
for your kind words. I know that we never give up on trying to catch the fish you request.
i appreciate that you saw that.
Captain Art

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Fished August 18, 2018
Arthur Cortes (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 19, 2018

Hey Sean
You and york crew were cooperative and worked hard to catch our limit.
Thank you for choosing Halfback charters
Captain Art Cortes

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