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Top Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters in Montauk

Bass (Striped)

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

Bass (Striped) Fishing in Montauk

The small fishing village of Montauk is located at the very tip of Long Island, which has earned it a pretty ominous-sounding local nickname – “The End”! When it comes to hooking one of the East Coast’s favorite fish, however, you couldn’t find a better place to begin your angling adventure. The Striped Bass fishing Montauk has to offer is often considered to be some of the best not only in Long Island, but the entire state of New York. Who are we to argue? 

What can I expect?

Striped Bass has remained a Montauk staple for many reasons, but there are two that stand out: Firstly, its migratory pattern means that it shows up here in abundance, especially during the annual fall Striper run. Secondly, it’s fun to catch and tastes great! Isn’t this what every angler is looking for?
Thanks to its tourist-friendly beaches and picturesque lighthouse, Montauk is the perfect place for a family day out. This is reflected in the Striped Bass fishing charters on offer. You don’t have to be a hardened fisherman to chase this fish! The majority of captains here are locals, and relish the opportunity to introduce new anglers or out-of-towners to what authentic Montauk Striper chasing looks like.
Striped Bass aren’t fussy when it comes to the waters they inhabit, either. They’ll happily make a home out of fresh, salt, and brackish waters! Saltwater fishing is far and away the most popular way to target this fish in Montauk, probably because it’s surrounded by the trifecta of top Long Island fisheries: the Atlantic, Long Island Sound, and Gardeners Bay.
As Striper prefer to dwell in shallow, rocky fishing grounds, you don’t have to opt for a full day angling extravaganza in order to hook this species. If you’re a newer angler, or are traveling with little ones, a half day trip allows for more than enough time to explore some hotspots and target this fish. More experience under your belt? Spend more time on the water for the chance to land a trophy-sized catch – or “Cow Striper,” as the locals call them!
The exact location you’ll be fishing in depends on your experience and local weather conditions, but there are some tried-and-true (and oddly-named!) Montauk Striper hotspots that your captain may take you to, including The Point and The Elbow.

How can I catch them?

Adding to their reputation as the “people’s fish,” hooking Striped Bass can be completely tailored to suit your skill level. It can be as simple or as complex as you'd like it to be! If you want to experience some truly authentic Montauk-style Striper chasing, ask your captain about trolling with sandworms. It’s a successful technique that offers a pretty relaxing ride on the water, too! 

Need to know

In Montauk, Striped Bass are subject to closed and open seasons, so make sure you consider this when planning your trip. The open season for this species tends to be April through December, but this may change – it’s always best to check with your charter captain. 
When it comes to your fishing license, this is usually covered by your charter, as well as the fishing gear you’ll need for a successful day on the water. All you need to bring are snacks, drinks, and warm clothing, as Long Island’s weather can be unpredictable. Make “The End” the beginning of your incredible Striped Bass angling adventure!

Bass (Striped)

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

Montauk Bass (Striped) Fishing Seasons

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Bass (Striped) fishing in Montauk is highly variable throughout the year. High season is May and September to November. Closed season is January to March.

What People Are Saying About Bass (Striped) Fishing in Montauk

"3/4 Day Trip with Captain Mike"

Richard Hansen fished with Montauk Charterboat CUJO on October 2, 2018

Wonderful trip! Capt. Mike finds the fish! We caught Blues, two of which were 16.5, and 17.5lbs: two of the largest Blues caught on LI this year. We also limited out on Striped Bass, and also Porgies as well as many keeper Sea Bass including one of the largest Sea Bass, 5.9lbs caught this year.

"half day with cast. art."

Paul Lieberman fished with Halfback Charters on September 22, 2018

The seas were rough and we were warned by the captain what to expect, We went anyway and we were a little sea sick, It was too rough for us to troll so we went bottom fishing. We. had a lot of fun although we only were able to keep 4 sea bass we caught at least 25 sea bass and blues.

"Full Day trip with Four C's"

Ryan Strother fished with Four C’s Montauk Sport Fishing on August 5, 2018

Captain Tony took us out for a great day of fishing. He's an expert in the area, and we started catching sea bass in the first thirty seconds of fishing! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in fishing the Montauk area--we hope to fish with Tony again!
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