Long Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Long Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Long Island

Deep Sea Fishing in Long Island

Jutting out from the East Coast into the Atlantic, Long Island is the perfect launchpad for charters chasing big game fish. With good access to deep canyons, wrecks, and reefs, the deep sea fishing Long Island has will see you chasing Tuna, Marlin, Sharks, and Swordfish. And, you don’t have to venture far — some of the canyons are just a few miles from the coast.

What fish to catch and where to get it

Long Island will see you wetting your line for a variety of fish. The list has ‘Jumbo’ Black Seabass, giant Porgies, Pollock, and Cod for starters, and if you want heavyweight players, offshore wrecks will reward you with Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Sharks, and Mahi Mahi.  

Head south of Long Island and you’ll reach one of the steepest drop-offs in this part of the ocean. The New York Bight is an indentation in the ocean floor, where depths plunge from 60ft to well below 300ft. These numerous canyons are passageways for migratory species, including Mako and Thresher Shark, as well as Tuna. Sink the bait deep down and you can soon end up with Porgy, Seabass, Cod, or even Swordfish.

Once you make it past the 20-mile mark, you can catch a good deal of Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. They start showing up in late July, making summer even hotter. However, if you want better chances of landing these brutes, best travel 60 miles offshore where canyons and wrecks produce amazing Tuna fishing.

Anywhere between 55 and 85 miles out, you will find wrecks scattered around the ocean where you can target apex predators and bottom dwellers. Party boats regularly visit these places, so if you want to recreate the ‘Great Gatsby’ atmosphere, take your friends out for a brawl with Seabass, Cod, and Pollock. Stock up on heavy tackle, though. Blue Marlin and Bluefin Tuna can gatecrash your party out of the blue.

Block Canyon, Hudson Canyon, Atlantis Canyon, and Georges Banks are well-known hot spots that produce amazing big game fishing, but require skills and effort. You should pair up with a local who has fished these places before. Since it takes a couple of hours to reach some of them, you’ll have the best chances on an overnight trip.

How to get fish

If you want to get the most out of your trip, you’ll either do bottom fishing or trolling. Drop the bait near canyons and wrecks to entice Seabass and Cod. Seabass can be caught at various depths, often with the same method. Use Clams or Squid as bait, or work 6- to 8-ounce diamond jigs. The Cod season explodes in December and you can often get them by jigging or using fresh Clams.

Trolling will give you good chances of getting more fish. The conditions around Long Island make slow trolling with large lures irresistible to Tuna. You can catch no less than four Tuna species here, including Bluefin, Yellowfin, Bigeye, and Albacore. Early in the season, trolling lures will produce good results, and you should switch to bait and chunking later in the summer. Troll around floating debris and you can also hook into Mahi or Wahoo.

Long Island
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Long Island

Listen to whoever you’re chartering with, they’ve probably been fishing here a lot longer than you have.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to whoever you’re chartering with, they’ve probably been fishing here a lot longer than you have.
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Do it! I lost count after hooking into 5 bluefish - the smallest was probably about 7 pounds. We landed one small schoolie bass. The fish were coming in fresh from the ocean. The weather was awesome - not too cold, not too hot. I grew up in New York and I had never seen the skyline from that particular angle.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it! I lost count after hooking into 5 bluefish - the smallest was probably about 7 pounds. We landed one small schoolie bass. The fish were coming in fresh from the ocean. The weather was awesome - not too cold, not too hot. I grew up in New York and I had never seen the skyline from that particular angle.
Austin Outfitters
Austin Outfitters
Dress warmly. We got lucky to get a nice day but it was still a little chilly once you’re out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warmly. We got lucky to get a nice day but it was still a little chilly once you’re out.
Fishooker
Fishooker
Don’t sweat the weather forecast until the day of the trip. We were supposed to Gombe rained and blown out and it turned out to be beautiful other then some clouds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t sweat the weather forecast until the day of the trip. We were supposed to Gombe rained and blown out and it turned out to be beautiful other then some clouds
Warden Sportfishing Charters
Warden Sportfishing Charters
We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went fishing third week of Nov, dress warm, otherwise Captain Joe provided everything we needed.
Chasing Tails Charters
Chasing Tails Charters
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress properly for the weather. If your not sure how to dress appropriately for being warm out on the water talk to the captain before your trip so you can fully enjoy your time on the water.
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Miss Behavin' Fishing Charters
Fish in the summer if you can. I was there in mid-November to visit my grandson at UConn, very late in the season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish in the summer if you can. I was there in mid-November to visit my grandson at UConn, very late in the season.
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Yes, but extrem weather is not for everyone. Come prepared with water proof cloths if you’re going out in a small boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes, but extrem weather is not for everyone. Come prepared with water proof cloths if you’re going out in a small boat
D.C. Outdoor Adventures – 28'
D.C. Outdoor Adventures – 28'
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Minutes from the action. Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean. Doesn’t get much better.
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Teacher's Pet Sport Fishing
Dress warm in layers! Be prepared to catch a lot of fish! Bluefish fight hard!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm in layers! Be prepared to catch a lot of fish! Bluefish fight hard!
J Rod3 Charters
J Rod3 Charters
Great place to fish at because you’re already way out east when you get on the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to fish at because you’re already way out east when you get on the boat
Anna Maria Fishing Charters
Anna Maria Fishing Charters
Fishing midweek last week of August, we had Long Island Sound all to ourselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing midweek last week of August, we had Long Island Sound all to ourselves.
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT Trumbull, Connecticut
Come prepared for different types of weather. It might be a little cooler in the morning than you would expect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come prepared for different types of weather. It might be a little cooler in the morning than you would expect.
Northeast Anglers
Northeast Anglers Midlothian, VA
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
Midnight Fleet - Midnight Star
Midnight Fleet - Midnight Star
Keep expectations reasonable - our first attempt at a trip here was cancelled due to windy/unsafe conditions. We persevered and succeeded on our second attempt with a dream fishing day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep expectations reasonable - our first attempt at a trip here was cancelled due to windy/unsafe conditions. We persevered and succeeded on our second attempt with a dream fishing day!
Persuader Charters
Persuader Charters Simsbury, CT
Bring lots of water in the summertime and get ready to have an arm workout! If in season, the bluefish by the race bite like wildfire.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of water in the summertime and get ready to have an arm workout! If in season, the bluefish by the race bite like wildfire.
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures Westport, CT
Don’t hesitate to piss before boarding boat if you’re a woman. Bring a hoodie if you get cold easily
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to piss before boarding boat if you’re a woman. Bring a hoodie if you get cold easily
Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff
Karen Ann Charters – 21' Maritime Skiff Valley Stream, New York
The fishing was excellent. We caught sea bass, stripers, summer flounder, and a blue. It was a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was excellent. We caught sea bass, stripers, summer flounder, and a blue. It was a lot of fun.
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters Walpole, MA
There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are restrictions on bass and fluke that should be researched before going. Cod is not available at this time, but will be in colder months. The beaches however cannot be beat in the summer.
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
PrimeTime Fishing Charters
Would have loved to catch some Striped Bass but I don't think we went at the best time of year for them. We did catch a wide variety of other types, however, and several were even keepers!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would have loved to catch some Striped Bass but I don't think we went at the best time of year for them. We did catch a wide variety of other types, however, and several were even keepers!
Double Down II Sportfishing Charter
Double Down II Sportfishing Charter Chatham, NJ

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