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New York City

Fishing in the big apple? You bet. The waters outside the 5 boroughs are teeming with migratory stripers and other gamefish.

Nobody thinks of New York City as a fishing destination, but it most certainly is. Every spring, migrating stripers and aggressive bluefish pass through the East River and the Hudson on their way back north for the summer, and then again on their way back south for winter. We once heard of a guy catching 64 stripers in one day off the 35th Street Ferry Landing.

Other gamefish can be found here year round, including flounder, weakfish, and porgies. Last year, someone even caught an Atlantic salmon in the Bronx! Amberjack offers a wide variety of trips in the New York City area. You can fish from party boats, private charters, off the beach, and even kayak fishing (our personal recommendation). Fishing here will give you a perspective of New York City that few people have had the privilege to experience. One client even recounted catching a 42-pound striped bass at the base of the Verrazano Bridge.

Whether you live in New York or you’re here for the weekend, you don’t want to pass up this opportunity for an extremely unique fishing trip.

Basic Info
  • 36° 23° Dec-Feb
  • 58° 42° Mar-May
  • 83° 68° Jun-Aug
  • 63° 47° Sep-Nov
Hudson River, Raritan Bay, Jamaica Bay, East River, Atlantic Ocean
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in New York City


Bluefish live in temperate and tropical coastal oceans around the world and migrate seasonally. They are blue-green on the back and silvery on the sides and belly.


Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

Striped Bass

Stripers are easily identified by dark horizontal stripes across a silvery body. They can grow to more than 48 inches, weigh over 50 pounds and live up to 30 years.


This small, grouper like fish prefers rocky bottoms and hard to reach spots, making them a challenge to catch.


These fish get their name from the weak mouth muscles that often cause the hook to tear free, not the quality of their fight!

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