Premium Charters is a fishing charter owned and run by Captain John Paduano, who has been a fisherman for over 40 years. When fishing with John, you will be fishing with someone who is a tried and true master of the craft, but who also likes to have fun. Regardless of whether you’re going solo or plan to bring your loved ones along, he will provide you with a fishing experience to remember.

Captain John is not your run-of-the-mill guide, but a real innovator in the field of fishing. He developed a new technique known as “snap jigging”, which enables you to catch big fish on very light tackle. His methods are focused on getting the very most out of light tackle, resulting in 95% of the fish being caught using a six-foot spinning rod and ten-pound test reel.

The inshore waters are home to Bass, Flounder, Weakfish, and more, and you have complete freedom over what you want to be fishing for. Throwing jigs and poppers to tuna is the preferred method to be used instead of trolling.

You will be fishing aboard a 25’ Parker Boats center console that is powered by a 225 HP Yamaha engine and has enough space for up to six anglers. The name of the boat is “Banana Proof” so don’t be afraid to bring some bananas. It has all the required safety and navigation equipment for a productive trip, as well as a livewell and a cooler for any snacks or drinks you may decide to bring.

Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the trip price, and so are bait and the necessary fishing licenses. After the trip, anything you catch will be cleaned for your convenience.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $850
    A full day inshore is the best way to immerse yourself in the waters of Montauk. You will spend the day fishing for species such as Bass, Flounder, and Weakfish among others. The price includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as the necessary fishing licenses. Departure times are negotiable.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $750
    If a half day simply doesn't cut it, this trip lets you stay out for longer doing what matters - fishing. You will be targeting the inshore waters for fish such as Bass, Weakfish, Flounder, and others. Rods, reels, terminal tackle, and fishing licenses are included in the price. Departure times are negotiable.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $600
    The best way to start a day is on a fishing trip. You will be fishing the inshore waters of Montauk for fish such as Bass, Flounder, Weakfish, and others. The price of the trip includes all the necessary fishing gear you'll need, and anything you catch will be cleaned after the trip for your convenience.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $600
    This trip will have you fishing the inshore waters of Montauk for fish like Bass, Flounder, and Weakfish among others. Rods, reels and terminal tackle come included in the price, as well as the required fishing licenses. Departure times are negotiable.
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About the Captain

John Paduano
Montauk, New York, United States
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2016
In addition to running a charter business, Captain John is a seminar speaker and outdoor writer. He specializes in light tackle fishing for all species and has developed a new fishing technique known as "snap jigging". He is happy to share his vast wealth of knowledge with all those who would like to learn more about fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

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

Shark (Thresher) Shark (Thresher)
Tautog Tautog
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

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

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

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Laura L.
Baldwin, NY
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Awesome experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 21, 2021
What a great time we had! Couldn’t have had a better experience! Captain John and First Mate Jr. were just amazing! They...
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Daniel M.
Brooklyn, NY
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Half Day w/ Capt John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 26, 2020
We were a group of 6 on a half day with Capt John,  He knew where and how to catch he fish, there was no down time, one fish...
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United States
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 10, 2021
The best charter in Montauk.
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Cory W.
Hauppauge, NY
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Above and beyond my expectations

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore on August 27, 2020
This trip was by far one of the greatest fishing experience I’ve had in montauk. Captain John went above and beyond all of...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on September 26, 2020
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FAQs about Premium Charters

Premium Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $850 per group - Full Day Trip - Inshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Premium Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Premium Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (No cheap stuff here.)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures (You'll be using my own.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Premium Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Plenty of places to fish calm waters)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Premium Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (There's no better/effective way to get'em)
  • Spinning (90% fishing is with 6ft spinning rods)
  • Jigging (We know all the jigging tips + more)
  • Popping (A lot more fun than dragging wire)
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Premium Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tautog
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Weakfish