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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sheepshead Bay

According to customer reviews, Rockaway Fishing Charters, Hunter Fishing, and Encore Water Ways Inc are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sheepshead Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Sheepshead Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Sheepshead Bay fishing trip is $697, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,247 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Rockaway Fishing Charters, Hunter Fishing, and Encore Water Ways Inc all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sheepshead Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, and Jigging. Offshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

When planning your city break in New York, you might be surprised to hear how great the fishing is. There are plenty of spots to head to that can offer freshwater and saltwater fishing. A top fishery is Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Known for its productive waters and proximity to top fisheries, Sheepshead Bay fishing charters are regaining their popularity and regaining the attention of anglers worldwide.

Sheepshead Bay Fishing Spots

One of the reasons this mile-long bay is so great is the flexibility it offers to continue your fishing trip. Areas such as Sheepshead Bay, Raritan Bay, Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook, Breezy Point, Ambrose Channel, and Coney Island all combine to make up the New York Bight, and are the best places to fish before heading offshore into the North Atlantic Ocean.

Sheepshead Bay

If you decide to stay and fish in the bay, you’ll want to arrive early to get a space, before the commercial fishermen come in. With widths of 300 feet, you’ll find your hotspot in no time. You can begin your trip from one of the 10 piers here, and fish for Mackerel. Ironically, there are no Sheepshead in Sheepshead Bay anymore.

Lower Bay

The Lower Bay is great in late summer and early fall. Located southwest of Sheepshead Bay, you’ll be able to target Bonito, False Albacore, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Herring, and more. Each species has its preferred season and weather conditions – trips can run late into the year chasing the fish. The best time to fish the Lower Bay is early morning on weekdays when it’s not as crowded

Jamaica Bay

One of the most famous bays to fish, this bay is the closest to Sheepshead Bay. Leave Sheepshead Bay and head east, past the Marine Park Bridge, and you’ll find yourself in the bountiful waters of Jamaica Bay, which offers excellent saltwater fishing. Schools of Stripers head into the bay in spring, chasing the grass shrimp hatch. As the season continues, expect to catch Bluefish, Fluke, and Atlantic Menhaden (or Bunker to the locals) as well as great-sized Bass.

Gravesend Bay

Fish love structures, so it’s no wonder that fishing in Gravesend Bay is so great. By the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge you’ll be able to catch Fluke, Flounder, Striped Bass, and Bluefish. Look carefully, and you’ll probably see a seal or two, and maybe even a whale! Have your camera ready.

Fishing Tips

  • The waters in the bays are murky, so bright colors are best to use for your baits. Top colors to use include white and bubblegum-pink!

  • When fishing for Striped Bass, your fishing charter will likely be very early in the morning or at night. You’ll want a flask of coffee at hand.

  • During the summer and early fall, live eel is the top bait to use in the bay.

Need to Know

Although the waters are cleaner than they used to be, you’ll want to keep your consumption of fish caught in the bays down to 0.5 pounds per week. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recommends that women of childbearing age and children should not eat the fish caught in the bays at all.

Regulations

You’ll need to buy a fishing license before going on your trip, as well as enrolling in the state’s free Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

Check the season for each fish, as well as the size limit and quantity that can be kept. Your captain will keep you informed if fishing on a charter boat.

Budget

Prices can vary depending on where your charter is heading. The further the trip, the more expensive. An eight-hour trip will cost around $750, and a four-hour trip between $350–$550. Species-specific trips can cost over $1,000, especially if you’re heading out of the bays to find them.

Getting There

Fly into John F. Kennedy International Airport, and head along the Belt Parkway for 20 minutes to get to Sheepshead Bay.

The Sheepshead Bay fishing opportunities on offer are varied and awesome. A fishing charter heading out of the bay will take you to some top fisheries. Can you imagine reeling in a huge Striper in the Statue of Liberty’s shadow? Well, stop dreaming and make it a reality today!

Sheepshead Bay
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January

Join in the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament. The temperature can drop to 26°F and will feel colder on the water, so wrap up warm.

February

If you’re brave enough to face the cold weather, February is a great month for Cod.

March

March is the unofficial start of the fishing season. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade and see the dolphin migration at the end of March.

April

The beginning of April still offers the chance to see dolphins on their migration. NY Bass Nations hosts a “Take A Soldier Fishing” event – register to help for the day.

May

This is an epic month for Striped Bass, lasting in the bays until the middle of June. CityParks SummerStage begins, and lasts until October.

June

Head to Fifth Avenue and watch the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. In the water, Seabass is hot this month.

July

Celebrate Pride with the biggest celebration in the world! Or join in a hotdog eating competition on Coney Island.

August

The last Monday in the month sees the start of the US Open. Now is a great time to target Bluefish in the water.

September

September is a top month for fishing. You can target Seabass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Porgy, and plenty more.

October

On land, visit the New York Comic Con, or join in the Village Halloween Parade. In the water, target Flounder, Seabass, Bluefish, Mako Shark, and more.

November

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is legendary and has to be seen to be believed. After the parade, head out fishing for Tautog.

December

Fishing cools down this month, but you can still catch some Bass. On land, watch the famous ball drop on New Years Eve.

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Very good for what you get, a fee hidden costs but avoidable if you bring your own gear
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Very good for what you get, a fee hidden costs but avoidable if you bring your own gear
Nahki  B.
Nahki B.
Great family day out - our captain was great showing the kids how to fish - they were thrilled!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great family day out - our captain was great showing the kids how to fish - they were thrilled!
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Ossining, NY
Great , fishing community, welcomes and enjoys newbies. All are welcome and appreciated
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great , fishing community, welcomes and enjoys newbies. All are welcome and appreciated
James  Q.
James Q. Schenectady, NY
I would recommend finding someone who is good with beginners. Getting tips and tricks really did help!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend finding someone who is good with beginners. Getting tips and tricks really did help!
Austin  G.
Austin G. New York, NY

Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Had a great experience with Captain Tom and Rob on the water this past weekend. Captain Tom put in every effort to get us close to the fish, and we hope to be back again soon for another charter. They were both incredibly helpful keeping our lines in the water as much as possible. Really appreciate everything!
Jameson  K.
Jameson K. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
We had a great day with caption and mate. Crew members were really helpful. It was our first time fishing but everyone caught fish! Highly recommend!
Yuanhuang  C.
Yuanhuang C. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Captain Tom and Mate Sean were a perfect duo. Our family enjoyed today’s trip, catching fish, and the smooth boat ride. We will definitely be back to spend some family time fishing again in the future.
Gina  P.
Gina P. Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Encore Water Ways Inc
Encore Water Ways Inc
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain max was the best, we will definitely be using him again everything was great
Joshua  H.
Joshua H. Pound Ridge, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Had a good day with the captain and first mate and 4 guys fishing. We all brought home fish. Good trip
Matthew  C.
Matthew C. Watervliet, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
I took my daughter’s fiancé and friends out for some fishing fun. Captain Tom is very knowledgeable fisherman and worked hard to keep us in areas where the fish were running. Everyone had a great time and everyone caught fish! Thanks again, Captain Tom…we look forward to our next trip with you!
Steven  F.
Steven F. Cranford, NJ
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Best charter in the area! Great crew that know the waters well. They were extremely helpful with those on our team that have never fished before. We’re going to Captain Tom for all future fishing trips.
Logan  R.
Logan R. Fayetteville, North Carolina
Encore Water Ways Inc
Encore Water Ways Inc
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great experience! Fishing yacht was very clean & nice! The guys were very accommodating!! We went to several spots and were able to catch a variety of fish!
Christina  H.
Christina H. New York, New York
Encore Water Ways Inc
Encore Water Ways Inc
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great experience. Helpful team, boat big enough (I think 42 feet). Weather was perfect and we got 10+ seabass and two flukes. Definitely worth experiencing.
Teemu  T.
Teemu T. Richmond, VT
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Captain was great and as a first timer all the kids had the best day of their life. Highly recommended
Turno  B.
Turno B. Anchorage, AK
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
We had a great day on the water and Captain Tom and crew were so great with the kids and they were thrilled with all they caught - highly recommend!
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Ossining, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Had my family onboard for their first fishing trip, they had a ton of fun! Will definitely be back with Tom on this boat. Great experience
Nicky  C.
Nicky C. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
I booked this trip for Father’s Day and it was spectacular. The captain and mate were great super helpful team. It was our first time fishing so we learned a bunch, thanks! I would highly recommend this experience for anyone looking for something fun, new, and exciting, or for anyone looking for something special. Thank you guys we will definitely be back!
Jennifer  N.
Jennifer N. New York, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
A wonderful morning out at sea with Captain Tom and his mate Robert. Both were patient and kind and very knowledgeable about the surrounding areas and types of fish . This was our second time out at sea with Going Fishing and has now become our annual Father’s Day family tradition ! We caught fluke , sea robins and a thrasher shark!
Wenn  S.
Wenn S. Brooklyn, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
My father, brother, and I went out with Captain Tom and crew mate Rob. This was our first time fishing out They were incredibly helpful and kind. Gave us some tips and tricks to catch some decent sized bluefish! We had a great time and plan to go back and book again with Captain Tom!
Austin  G.
Austin G. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
We had such an amazing time ! This was an unforgettable experience, the team was so friendly and so much fun to chat with ! Also very knowledgeable , we learnt a lot about fishing . I would highly recommend this trip and we will be doing it again
Nikhita  S.
Nikhita S. Surrey, BC
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
It was a wonderful day and grat time thank you so much for captain Tom and Rob they was so nice and professional they really made our day we was a group of friends some of us never been fishing before but they love it thank you so much for Rob he was very friendly and very helpful person I really recommend Goin' Fishin Charters give it a try and you will see its really clean boat and the crew they make sure you are having fun
Omar  A.
Omar A. New York, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Tom and Rob were awesome. Not only knew what they were doing to get us on the fish, but just nice people too. We caught 11 decent Bass and Blues. Had really good fun. Have already booked our next trip. Highly recommended!
Kevin  K.
Kevin K. Port Chester, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
We caught a lot of striped bass and bluefish, they were monstrous! Tom knows the water very well. We landed about 10 fish and threw back the ones outside the size limit. Thank you Tom and Rob for the fun trip, we six had a blast and an amazing banquet after! Would definitely recommend Captain Tom for your next charter!
EDDY  C.
EDDY C. Buffalo, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(182 reviews)
Trip was above and beyond expectations. Everything written on Captain Tom’s page was as advertised and lived up to the hype. We ended up catching 6 striped bass and 3 blue fish on our 4-hour trip yesterday. Crew was engaging and helpful, especially assisting my mom catch a large blue. Would recommend 10/10 to anyone at any skill level of fishing.
Michael  C.
Michael C. McLean, VA