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The largest and longest island on the whole US mainland, Long Island has been a fishing hotspot almost since the pilgrims arrived. Its four counties have something for all kinds of angler, with rich creeks and bays and access to the deep seas offshore. The best way to explore it all is on a Long Island fishing charter, which will give you the chance to hook the fish of your dreams.
 
All around the island, you’ll find bights, sounds, and bays full of prized inshore creatures. Fluke, Seabass, Scup, Bluefish, Weakfish, and Tautog are all available at different times of the year. But the real star of the show is Striped Bass, which grows to incredible sizes here. Cod and Pollock are possible further north, but all fish are subject to strict regulations. 
 
If offshore fishing is more your thing, then a full day adventure to the deep is in store. When summer hits, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, and Kingfish are possible not too far beyond the bays. However, Tuna is the one to target – or ones to target! Yellowfin and Bluefin varieties promise to put up a real battle to make you work hard for your meat. 
 
All around the island, you’ll find harbors and marinas full of charter boats ready to take you out. Montauk on the easternmost point needs no introduction, while Babylon and Captree are home to the largest fishing fleets on the island. The Hamptons are also full of vessels, while Huntington in the north and Fire Island in the south also boast plenty. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Long Island fishing charters come with licenses covered for all aboard, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Your professional captain will also be up to date with all the latest size and bag limits, so you can focus on fishing. 
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January

January is all about Cod fishing. You'll see anglers boarding party boats and heading out to sample these bottom dwellers. Some fishers manage to get Herring, but it's far from peak season.
 

February

Fishing off Montauk can get you a good number of Cod, however, you'll only notice a handful of captains to take you out. Wrap up warm before you hit the waters, as cold days can take you by surprise.

March

Warmer days are becoming more frequent, so you can fish without layering up. However, you still won’t find scores of saltwater fish this time of year. Maybe a trip to freshwater ponds is in order? 

April

With spring setting down on the beaches and in the parks, Striped Bass show up, with several keepers up for grabs. Flounder are a common target to fill the freezers, so get your fill! 

May

Striped Bass and Flounder are still the talk of the island as the warmer weather comes in. You may catch plenty of other creatures, but keep an eye out for what's in season! 

June

As the Eels invade these waters, Stripers come following, and so do Fluke and Bluefish. Rain can dampen the hype but, overall, you’ll find excellent fishing in the bays for the usual suspects.

July

The crowds gather to celebrate the Fourth of July, but the fishing also creates fireworks! Tuna and Sharks are now biting offshore, while Fluke, Seabass, and Stripers are biting inshore.

August

With summer fishing in full force, you'll find something biting no matter what technique you try. Bottom fishing produces Fluke, Porgy, and Seabass, while baitfish entice Bluefish and Stripers around the inlets.

September

Striped Bass, Gator Bluefish, and Albacore are a common sight around Long Island in September, while Seabass, Snapper, and Fluke are still going strong. When the weasther's nice, it doesn't get much better!

October

Albacore are working the beaches, while Striped Bass and massive Bluefish forage around the entire Island. Tautog will chomp on green crabs during their short season, so make the most of this limited chance!

November

The fall bite is in full swing, as Striped Bass reach incredible sizes and gobble down Eels. Trolling with bait produces a bigger catch, while jigging will get you schooling specimens. Try it all!

December

The cold weather and holidays keep anglers at home, which means that it may be difficult to find a charter. However, head to the bigger marinas, and you're sure to get your fill of Black Seabass and Cod.

Long Island Fishing Calendar

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full day 7 hour trip with angler fleet Capt. Ken's boats
Dorothy S. fished with The Angler Fleet – Angler III on September 3, 2021
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I recommend if you want to have a fun day just try it I think its something every one will enjoy while being with family or friends and just having a GOOD TIME.
Half day fishing with buckshot
Tiffany A. fished with Buckshot Charters on August 29, 2021
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Wonderful experience fishing at Monmouth Beach excellent location
Full Day Trip with Captain Scott
Desirée M. fished with Reel To Reel Sportfishing Llc on July 23, 2021
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We caught a lot of Black Sea Bass and a Flounder. The tide was crazy but we went home with some great fish.
Great way to spend father's day
Christina M. fished with Hook & Fin Fishing Charters on June 20, 2021
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I definitely recommend going out early to beat the rush, and booking with Hook and Fin Fishing charters.
Full day trip with Captain Mike
Jaime C. fished with Never Enuff Express - 46' on November 14, 2020
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Book a trip with Captain Mike on Never Enuff fishing charter! The black fish were biting all day!
Full Day Trip with Captain Joe
Chris T. fished with Stamford Fishing Charters on October 3, 2020
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Easy in and out marina, fish accessible almost immediately = more fish in the boat and less time cruising from location to location. Good for kids, and first time and casual anglers.
Half day trip AM
Craig L. fished with Push The Limit Sportfishing on September 26, 2020
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Diamond jigs are killer . Stick with the lighter tackle . Trawling is no fun
Birthday Surprise!
Shalin F. fished with Double Trouble Sportfishing on September 19, 2020
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Listen to the Captain. He know what he is doing.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Long Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Long Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $615, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $962. 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 Long Island is 34 ft and the most common vessel type is a Downeast.

According to customer reviews, Captain Chris Fishing Charters, Magec Charters, and Rockaway Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Long Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Long Island.

Captain Chris Fishing Charters, Magec Charters, and Rockaway Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Long Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Long Island 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 Long Island.

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

The fall bite is in full swing, as Striped Bass reach incredible sizes and gobble down Eels. Trolling with bait produces a bigger catch, while jigging will get you schooling specimens. Try it all! Check availability for local fishing charters in Long Island.