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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!

More New York City Outfitters

Fishing with Fin Chaser Charters in Staten Island

Fin Chaser Charters

Staten Island, NY

Welcome to Fin Chaser Fishing Charters for New York City The first and ONLY FULL TIME Fly Fishing & Lite-Tackle charter service in ALL OF NYC! Guiding the New York and New Jersey waters for the past 15 years.. Captain Frank Crescitelli and Fin Chaser Charters are listed in the Top 50 Charter captains in the world by the Saltwater Sportsman Magazine. Captain Frank has over 35 years of fishing experience fishing NY Harbor, Raritan Bay, Jamaica Bay and the entire "NY Bite" from NYC- Long Beach Island NJ. Capt. Frank will stop at nothing to put his clients on the fish. Fin Chaser has 4 "new" fast safe boats crewed with top professionals and outfitted with the latest Raymarine Electronics electronics and top of the line fishing gear from Cortland Line ,CTS Rods, Finnor, Quantum, Temple Fork and more. Of course every boat is loaded with Guides Secret Lures "professional Grade Fishing Gear line of tackle. Widely known as the "Guide to the Stars", Frank has guided such celebrities as Wade Boggs, actor Ed Burns,Top Chef Tom Colicchio, Crash Jenson from the Miami Dolphins,Astronaut Bruce Melnick and countelss others to world-class fishing in New York Harbor, along the Jersey Shore, and in the off-shore canyons. Whichever game fish you prefer from Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore, and Weakfish to off-shore species like Big-Eye Tuna, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, and White Marlin, we will put you on the fish. "Few if any guide or charter services can do everything from inshore fly fishing to offshore troilling and do it well. We can, and we have been for many years. Our client list is long and many or them are available to contact for referrals". ~ Capt. Frank Crescitelli. No matter what your level of fishing experience , we patiently "teach" as much as you like on every charter and are as happy guiding clients to thier "first ever..." as we are chasing and breaking world records. This year we did two IGFA World Records alone!

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