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Top Fishing Charters in Montauk

Fishing in Montauk

Montauk 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.

Known For

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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Montauk Fishing Seasons

Montauk is primarily a summertime destination for tourists, and with good reason. In January, the weather is cold, wet, and windy. You can catch some nice Codfish, though.

While the weather remains grim, the Cod season picks up. These fish make for some fine eating! Bear in mind many of the shops and hotels will be closed at this time of year.

With most of the town still in hibernation, Montauk is far from at its busiest in March. But what it may lack in buzz it makes up for in natural beauty, which you can have more or less to yourself.

The main tourist season is yet to start, but the action under the water will mean any die-hard angler will be rushing out to beat the crowds. This is the start of Striper season!

Memorial Day sees the crowds flocking in to Montauk, and this is when most Montauk fishing charters will start working on their summer schedule. Bring layers - the spring weather is changeable!

Montauk’s world famous Shark season kicks off, and there are a battering of tournaments to prove it. Don’t miss the Annual Star Island Shark Tournament and the Annual Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament.

Joining the Sharks come the Tuna, making this the start of the offshore fishing season. If your sights are set on a Bluefin, you will be looking at an overnight charter, at least. Inshore, things are just as exciting.

August and September mean one thing in Montauk: peak offshore fishing season and plenty of tourists around, too. Don’t miss hooking up on a predator at the Annual Star Island Mako/Thresher Tournament.

As some of the crowds die down, the action inshore heats up. This is prime time for another of Montauk’s specialities: surf fishing for Stripers. Don’t miss the Montauk Surf Classic!

Settle down after a long day on the water to a nice hot bowl of clam chowder. There’s even a festival to prove the best variety! Meanwhile, anglers will be focusing on winning the Star Island Striped Bass Tournament.

By November, the offshore pelagics have generally moved on, with the action now staying steadily closer to home. Make the most of the open season for Blackfish (Tautog) and keep chasing those Stripers!

Come to Montauk in December, and you’ll find the majority of people hibernating. But a brave few remain on the water, and they will be making the most of the reduced fishing pressure and great Cod bite.

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What People Are Saying About Montauk

"Half Day with Captain Art Cortes"

Michael Desmarais fished with Halfback Charters on August 27, 2018

Go with an experienced captain who knows the waters and which baits are working.

"Half Day Morning Trip"

Jordan Giannone fished with Sea Spray Fishing Charters on August 25, 2018

Go during the morning, fish bite very well.

"Night Elling Trip "

Rudolph Henriksen fished with Moondance Charters Of Montauk on August 25, 2018

Fished Montauk twice for bass in August once on the 1st and again on the 25th both times did great.

"Fishing with John"

Joe Martin fished with Premium Charters on August 12, 2018

We had a great time , Captain John and his mate took really good care of us and we are looking forward to booking our next trip with him soon .

Top Targeted Species in Montauk

Bass (Striped)

Seabass (Black)

Flounder

Shark (Mako)

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