Moondance Charters of Montauk

Moondance Charters Of Montauk invites you on a fishing extravaganza in the waters of Montauk, New York. Montauk is a fishing haven known for its excellent fishery and top boat captains. One of these top captains is Captain Sal Trapani. Captain Sal has fished the inshore and offshore waters of Montauk for over 35 years and is keen on showing you his favorite secret fishing spots.

You will be offered a full service by Moondance Charters on a roomy and very safe 35’ Bruno downeast. The vessel is fully equipped with all the USCG approved safety equipment such as life jackets, EPIRB, and a CPR-trained crew. You will also find all the navigational features needed to make your trip productive, and these features include a GPS, a radar, a marine radio, and a fishfinder.

Some of the species you can target on your inshore trip include the famous big Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Tautog, Scup, Bluefish, and Flounder. If you venture further out you can expect to target Cod, Dogfish, Bluefin, and Yellowfin Tuna, and a variety of Sharks such as Mako and Blue Shark.

Captain Sal and his crew will provide you with the necessary fishing gear that includes rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial baits, a fishing license, and you’ll have a first mate on board, too.

They are able to take seasoned anglers out, but are also very good at teaching and are very patient with beginners. They love taking families with small children on the water and teaching them all about this amazing fishery that produces a wide variety of species.

So, block out a day, book a trip that most suits you, and come and enjoy a day of fishing with Moondance Charters of Montauk!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This is a shark trip where you can go anywhere from 10-20 offshore and chum for Shark. The crew like to catch Mako, as that is the best eating Shark. But you can run into Hammerhead, Blue Shark, and sometimes a Great White, which is a protected species and is not fished for.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This is an inshore trolling trip for Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. It's a great option for any angler dreaming of battling these deep-sea beasts. You will start to troll anywhere from 8 to 10 miles out. Tuna have been coming in close the last two years. This trip can be combined with a little inshore multi-species trip if you get tired of trolling or want to try something different.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    This is a full day on the water with 8 hours of fishing. It's perfect for inshore fishing fanatics of all skill levels. This is a deluxe multi-species trip that will take you to the best spots in the area and can see you targeting Tautog, Fluke, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Black Seabass, and more!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    This is a half day inshore trip that will see you fishing for 5 hours. This is a great option for anglers new to the sport and anyone looking to get familiar with the local fishery. You will have the chance to target any species you want including Fluke, Tautog, Striped Bass, Scup, Dogfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    This is a half day inshore trip that will see you fishing for 5 hours. This is a great option for anglers new to the sport and anyone looking to get familiar with the local fishery. You will have the chance to target any species you want including Fluke, Tautog, Striped Bass, Scup, Dogfish, and more.
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About the Captain

Sal Trapani
Montauk, New York, United States
Angler's Choice
24 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since March 2017
Captain Sal is a great captain with over 35 years of fishing experience and a lot of happy returning customers. He says: "I've been fishing all my life. Montauk has always been a place I love and enjoy. I want to show you the secret fishing spots and beauty that Montauk has to offer". So, take him on his offer and discover the best spots and catch the best fish!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Cod Cod
Dogfish Dogfish

Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blue) Shark (Blue)

Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Tautog Tautog
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Bruno (Downeast) originally built in 1990, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 375HP Caterpillar 3208 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Montauk to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Brian R.
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Great half day trip!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Magic Hour Trip on July 13, 2020
My son and I went out with Captain Sal and Charlie. Couldn’t ask for much more. Started by catching porgies and a few sea...
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Oceanside, New York
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on October 4, 2020
Everything was great. The boat was clean the crew was nice. We had a wonderful time.
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Brooklyn, NY
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Half day trip with Captain Sal

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on September 27, 2020
Sal knows where the fish are and how to catch them. Great trip with over 20 fish caught
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East Hampton, New York
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Tuna on September 13, 2020
A pleasure with conversation, fishing, insight and new friendships
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New Rochelle, New York
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on October 25, 2020
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