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Rockaway Fishing Charters

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New York City
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Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender

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New York City
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trips from $700

Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff

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New York City
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trips from $125

Midnight Fleet - Midnight Star

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New York City
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Capt. Dave Fishing

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New York City
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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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Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
Capt. Dave Fishing
Capt. Dave Fishing
Fishing charter in New York City
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Good trip out on the water. Got sea sick and spent half the trip laid out. Crew was very helpful and knowledgeable. Easy to speak with and we’re always ready to help those onboard. A very good burger onboard. A lot of regulars. Was like seeing those old coffee guys at 5am talking about life. Amazing experience
John  R.  L.
John R. L. Sparta, TN
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
Capt. Dave Fishing
Capt. Dave Fishing
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
This trip was amazing. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly, boat was clean and fully stocked with food and gear, and we caught at least 10 fish. We actually lost count at some point. Flounder, sting rays, sharks, sea robin. Every time we needed help with a catch or tangled line, someone came over to help us within minutes. Would definitely recommend this trip and yes - we’ll be back again this season.
Evan  F.
Evan F. Scotch Plains, NJ
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
Captain Tom was great. Me and my boys really enjoyed our time and fishing.
Keith  R.
Keith R. New York, New York
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
Captain Tom led a great trip for me and my two young daughters. We had a blast and caught a lot of fish. Recommend!
Daniel  H.
Daniel H. New York, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
Tom did a great job guiding us on our trip. We were all beginner fisherman and Tom took the time to help us catch plenty of fish around the Rockaway Inlet. We caught sea robins, fluke, bluefish, dogfish and a star gazer. Everyone had a great time!
Bob  A.
Bob A. Bedford Hills, NY
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
It was my first time fishing and I loved it. The captain was interactive and provided great teaching tips and assistance with casting and reeling in the fishes. 10/10 definitely recommend and would do it again.
Shema  D.
Shema D. United States
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
Great captain and boat, terrible fishing conditions ( obviously not his fault). It was very windy and ocean was choppy. Captain Tom tried many different spots but not even a bite. Overall we still had a great time and would definently recommend him for any private fishing trips you may consider .
IGOR  S.
IGOR S. Washington, District Of Columbia
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Rockaway Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New York City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
I went with my husband and a few friends in mid April. We were going to go out further but a terrible fog rolled in. Captain Tom still tried everything he could to help us catch fish. We had a great time and Tom is a safe and reliable captain who really knows what he is doing.
Sharanyaa  K.  V.
Sharanyaa K. V. Jersey City, NJ

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sheepshead Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Sheepshead Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $508, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $863. 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 Sheepshead Bay is 49 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Rockaway Fishing Charters, Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender, and Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sheepshead Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Sheepshead Bay.

Rockaway Fishing Charters, Karen Ann Charters – 32' Contender, and Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sheepshead Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Sheepshead Bay 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 Sheepshead Bay.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Sheepshead Bay.