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New York City Fishing Charters

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New York City: 68 fishing charters available

Rockaway Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
New York City
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Cortes Outfitters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $550

Karen Ann Charters – 25'

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $125

Karen Ann Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(53 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $950

Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(34 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $750

Winhole Charters

New York City
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trips from $325

NY Harbor Fishing

Jersey City
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trips from $490

Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(32 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $125

Karen Ann Charters

New York City
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Lady L Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(5 reviews)
New York City
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trips from $800

FAQs about Fishing Charters in New York City

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in New York City costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $536, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $852. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in New York City is 39 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Rockaway Fishing Charters, Cortes Outfitters, and Karen Ann Charters – 25' are some of the most popular fishing charters in New York City, New York. Full list of top fishing charters in New York City.

Rockaway Fishing Charters, Cortes Outfitters, and Karen Ann Charters – 25' all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in New York City.

The best way to experience fishing in New York City is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in New York City, New York.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bluefish, Bass (Striped), and Seabass (Black). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The World Science Festival offers exciting exhibitions and activities which are great for the whole family. May is also peak Striper season, so don’t get too caught up in science stuff, there are big fish waiting! Check availability for local fishing charters in New York City.

New York City is the ultimate American Metropolis. A forest of glass and steel reaching up to the sky, filled with people from every walk of life and every corner of the earth. New York City fishing charters are the perfect way to take in the sights as well as the fish, and they’re more than worth it just for the view of the skyline. Spend a little time on the Big Apple’s murky waters, though, and you start to see a side to the city that has barely changed in a hundred years.
 
Fishing in New York City is as impressive as the town itself. Both the rivers are full of big fish, and the experts say they’re still good to eat! Head out past Coney Island and into open water, and you hit one of the best big game fisheries on the East Coast, with Tuna, Sharks, and even Marlin in the deepest canyons offshore.
 
There’s enough action to keep even the most fast-talking New Yorker entertained and you won’t be short of big hits wherever you drop your hooks. But that only tells half the story. What makes this such a great place to fish is the change of pace it offers. It’s a chance to truly relax in The City That Never Sleeps.  

NYC Fishing Spots

It should come as no surprise that a place formed of over forty islands has good fishing. What may surprise you is where these hot spots are. From the middle of downtown Manhattan to the furthest reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, you can fish just about anywhere and come up trumps. Here are some spots which are well worth making time for, even on a New York schedule.
 

East River

If you want to take in the Empire City’s skyline the best way to do so is from the water. Don’t let the view distract you, though. The real action’s beneath your feet. Striped Bass, Bluefish, Tautog, and Fluke all call the East River home. The best hookups happen at night, fishing around dock lights and under barges for monster Stripers. Fishing from shore can also produce big hits, and you never know who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with when wetting lines in the shadow of United Nations HQ.
 

Hudson River

If you get bored of one river, just head across town and enjoy a whole different cast of A-list game fish in another. The Hudson River is full of both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, as well as Shad, Stripers, and American Eels. You can also get a great view of the Lady Liberty if you head down towards Battery Park.
 

Jamaica Bay

The noise and concrete getting too much for you? Feeling in need of open sand flats and calm wetlands? That’s exactly what you get in Jamaica Bay. Jamaica Bay has some of the best Striper fishing trips Long Island can offer. Huge numbers of Menhaden swarm the shallows just as the Striped Bass roll into town. Forget Coney Island, this is Brooklyn’s biggest playground!
 

New York Bight

If you’re looking for big game in the Big Apple, you don’t have to go as far as you’d think. The New York Bight is a vacation point for Bluefin Tuna and monster pelagic Sharks. This is deep sea fishing to rival anything the Outer Banks can give you. During the heat of summer, big Sharks come right inshore and on most Shark fishing charters Brooklyn will be well within view.
 

Canyons

The best deep sea fishing NYC has access to is out at the canyons, a hundred miles from shore. Out here you’ll find Bluefin Tuna and 500-pound-plus Sharks. Time your trip from July through September and you can also enjoy one of the most underrated Blue Marlin fisheries on the Eastern Seaboard.
 

Central Park

But let’s reel things right back in for a minute. You can enjoy awesome sportfishing without stepping foot on either boat or boardwalk. Central Parks lakes and ponds are full of Bass, Carp, and much more, just waiting for a fly or a lure to go their way.

Fishing Techniques

You can get a lot out of New York’s rivers with some pretty simple gear. Stripers will take poppers, jigs, baits, and pretty much anything else, as long as you’re fishing in the right spot. You won’t need anything fancier than light spinning tackle, but having an experienced guide is key, as the fish pack tight into certain spots on the river.
 
Spinning gear can win you some great catches offshore, but you’ll need something a lot bigger than you’d use for Stripers if you want  to stand a chance against Bluefin Tuna in the Bight. If you’re after Sharks, you’ll need to crank things into overdrive. Expect 80-lb stand-up rods and matching lever-drag reels spooled with Monofilament and with huge, 250-lb wire leaders. Oh, and chum. Lots of chum.

Need to Know

Fishing licenses are usually included on New York City fishing charters. If you’re fishing on your own, things get more complicated. You need a freshwater license to target local species like Bass and Carp, and a saltwater license to fish the bays and the ocean. Regulations in the Hudson’s tidal waters depend on the species. You can’t catch migratory fish like Striped Bass and Shad without also enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. 
 
There are closed seasons for many species throughout the year, both in freshwater and saltwater. You guide will be able to talk you through all this and more on your trip, but we’ve summarized the basics in our calendar below.
 
New York City
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
If it’s too cold to fish, head to the New York Boat Show to see some of the most impressive vessels on the market. This is the longest-running event of its kind, showcasing the industry’s flagships for over a century.
February

Most species head to warmer climates during the winter months, but cold-water fish like Cod laugh in the face of winter, hitting their peak from February through April. These trips are for hardy anglers only!

March
New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a must-see in March, with a quarter of a million marchers and over 3 million spectators each year. Almost as important is the arrival of big Flounder in the East River.
April
The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the top events in world film. It started as an attempt to heal a post-9/11 Manhattan and has been screening movies, documentaries, and short films every year since then.
May
The World Science Festival offers exciting exhibitions and activities which are great for the whole family. May is also peak Striper season, so don’t get too caught up in science stuff, there are big fish waiting!
June

Ten of 5th Avenue’s best museums open their doors for free in the Museum Mile Festival each June. Once you’ve soaked up the culture, head offshore to enjoy huge hookups of Bluefin Tuna and Sharks!

July
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are back on the menu on the Hudson River. Not to be outdone, the East River is bursting with Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Fluke. There are monster Blue Marlin offshore, too!
August
Enjoy performances unlike anything you’ve seen before in the largest multi-arts festival in the country - the New York International Fringe Festival. They won’t top the Marlin and Tuna bite offshore, though!
September
Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna are biting like crazy offshore. They’re not alone, with Makos, Threshers, and Blue Marlin tearing through the deepest waters. Inshore, huge Stripers put light tackle to the test.
October
The NYC Food & Wine Show presents fine dining from across the globe. Meanwhile, we’ll be on the water, catching some tasty Tautog for dinner. We’ve never really understood nouveau cuisine...
November
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is the biggest event of the year, with thousands of performers and dozens of floats making their way through downtown Manhattan. It’s not something you want to miss!
December
There’s plenty to do during the holiday season in New York. Watch the lights go on as you skate outside the Rockefeller Center or count down to the new year at Times Square. It’s a magical time to visit!

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Book a trip with Captain Mike on Never Enuff fishing charter! The black fish were biting all day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Mike on Never Enuff fishing charter! The black fish were biting all day!
Jaime  C.
Jaime C. Cortlandt Manor, New York

Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
It was a very pleasant and exciting trip. We caught more huge bass than we could count. Also got a beautiful flounder and a couple of searobins. We worked perfectly with the crew, all of us took home delicious fish. Looking forward to the next trip!
Yiwen  Y.
Yiwen Y. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Tom and the crew were amazing - my family and I (none of us fish much) came away wanting to fish more!
Laurence  C.
Laurence C. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Really great trip, caught a lot of sea bass. Beautiful boat, suitable weather. Will come back again with my friends.
Yiwen  Y.
Yiwen Y. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Amazing time - Captain Tom and his crew were awesome. They put the hooks on the rods in the water and whenever there was a bite, we'd all take turns getting to reel a fish in. We all caught! Tom and the crew cleaned them up for us when we got back, and we were able to keep them. Highly recommend and plan on using him in the future again for sure. Thanks Tom and the crew!
Peter  T.
Peter T. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Nice experience! Friendly and professional crews! Caught some big fishes :)
Dong  L.
Dong L. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Had an amazing time on the boat so friendly so helpful and knew exactly where the fish were biting was an amazing day out with everyone can’t wait to do it again
Lisa  W.
Lisa W. Beacon, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
The fishing trip was amazing. Captain Tom and Ron were on time, so helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you for an amazing day!
Elizabeth  G.
Elizabeth G. New York, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Great experience! We had a blast! Fish were bitting good! God job captain... 👍👍
Rodolfo  M.
Rodolfo M. El Paso, TX
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Amazing amazing trip with both captains they were very professional and friendly i would recommend this trip for everyone.
Saud  S.
Saud S. Kuwait
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Great Day on the water. The crew was great. Let us take part in all aspects of the fishing trip. We definitely go out with them again.
Tracy  W.
Tracy W. Midland, NC
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
We were 2 adults with 3 young kids. Weather wasn't the best. it was drizzling for most of the trip but we had an amazing time. Captain Tom made everyone comfortable from the start and was very helpful with the kids. He found the right spots on the water and we were able to catch flukes, sea robins, sand shark and black sea bass. Kids can't wait to go back!
Guillaume  G.
Guillaume G. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Capital Tommy and his son were great. I had two kids on the boat and they were patient and took time to explain things to my kids. They also had us moving around to maximize our time out there. I look forward to going out with them again.
Gregory  G.
Gregory G. United States
Lady L Charters
Lady L Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
A really hot day , fishing was slow but definitely not from a lack of effort by the captain and the mate. Thanks Guys.
Steven  M.
Steven M. United States
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
It’s our first fishing trip and thanks to Captain Tom and Shaun, it’s AMAZING! They are very friendly. They showed my kids how to fish and shared their knowledge. We would love to come back for more fun (and fish)!
Yufei  H.
Yufei H. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Had a great day out on the water with Captain Tom. He got us to fish super fast, and would move onto the next spot when they stopped biting. The boat was very nice and spacious. Tmp and crew were super helpful showing how to work the rods and reels and baiting the hooks for us. The day was a blast, and we all had an amazing time! Would highly recommend booking a trip with Captain Tom.
Cason  L.
Cason L. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Tom and his setup is awesome. You show up 10 min before departure and immediately feel comfortable in his presence. The crew was sweet, welcoming and open to all suggestions despite a life’s worth of local experience. We had a great time and can’t wait to grill our 14 porgies tonight!
Frederik  C.
Frederik C. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
It has been a great journey to travel with Captain Tom. Very thoughtful and nice guy. Would definitely recommend and would like to come again!
Guannan  W.
Guannan W. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Our group arrived half early and half late. Captain Tom was very patient with us and had no issue waiting for the full group to arrive. None of us had advanced fishing experience but that was not an issue. There were six of us and all of us ended up with a catch for the day (one got up to 7 catches). We had a great day! Highly recommend!
John  S.
John S. Yonkers, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Thank you captain for wonderful Saturday morning! We had amazing time on you boat!, We were very surprised how many different kind of fish we could catch. We did fishing first time but definitely will do it again!!!
Natalia  B.
Natalia B. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Captain Tom was great. Me and my boys really enjoyed our time and fishing.
Keith  R.
Keith R. New York, New York

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