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Fishing in Montauk
Montauk fishing is all about the person versus the sea. Whether your dream is to test your willpower against Jaws, to stand knee-deep in the wild surf casting to giant Striped Bass, or to haul in some of the best eating fish in the Atlantic, these waters will put you to the test. And you will reap the rewards.
Despite its nickname, Montauk is far from ‘The Last Resort’ - especially as far as anglers are concerned. This is one of those places where you just need to jump in and battle everything the ocean can fling at you. And battle it you will.
Take a look at Montauk. This tiny village on the very tip of Long Island may not seem like much. But, when it comes down to it, it has everything you need to let your angling dreams go wild. Who knew that this tiny town a couple of hours drive from New York City has some of the most sportfishing records in the world? Giant Bluefin Tuna, mouth watering Cod, crazy Striped Bass migrations, enormous Sharks… yes, these waters have something for everyone. It’s no wonder this is the biggest commercial and recreational fishery in New York State.
The fishermen of Montauk claim to be some of the best in the world. True, the largest Bluefin Tuna in New York State was caught out of this port in 1977, and there have been some real monster Shark catches in these parts. But what is it that makes this ‘small drinking town with a big fishing problem’ the so-called ‘Sport Fishing Capital of the World’?
Well, it probably has something to do with the fact that this modest town stretches just over a hundred miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. Not only that. Every single fish that migrates in and out of the Long Island Sound knocks on its door twice a year. But what really makes it special is the fact that this is the closest bit of land in the northeast to the infamous offshore canyons. These are home to at least four types of Tuna, two types of Marlin, Sharks, Swordfish, and just about every big game fish you can imagine in these parts.
With an offshore season that picks up towards the end of the summer, a strong Striped Bass fishery in the Spring and Fall, and a solid Cod fishing season through the winter, you don't need even to rely on the tourist season to get out on the water (but trust us - you'll have the most fun in the summer).
Rules & Regulations
Montauk fishing charters provide fishing licenses for all guests on board. If you are surf fishing or fishing from a private boat, you will need to purchase a New York state fishing license from a local bait and tackle shop.
Types of Fishing
The bulk of Montauk charter fishing is focused in the local waters, where you could be trolling, chunking, or live lining for Striped Bass and Bluefish. Otherwise, you could be bottom fishing for species like Scup (Porgy), Black Sea Bass, Fluke, Flounder, and Tautog.
Take a Montauk Tuna fishing charter, and you will be travelling about 60-70 miles offshore to the canyons. Here, you will either be trolling with artificial lures or baiting for Tuna, depending on the season (baiting is better from September).
Among its numerous other accolades, Montauk is known as The Surfcasting Capital of the World. Try your hand at this exciting sport at Montauk State Park. Make sure to bring an expert with you on your first try!
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What People Are Saying About Montauk
"6-hr afternoon trip."
Yes, Montauk is truly best place to fish from entire Long Island, NY
All equipment on the boat Enjoy fishing at Montauk
"Half day inland with Captain Frank"
Take a jacket. It was a little cold at 6am.
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