On the far tip of Long Island, the water teems with tiny fish — and the big ones that come in to feed.
Where Long Island juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, a unique combination of sheltered bays, strong currents and deep nearby water create a mecca for fish — and fishermen. This it home to one of the most fabled "fall runs," when striped bass and other fish congregate as if drawn by a magnet. With a dock that boasts the biggest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in the state and a long list of salty legends, Montauk has earned a reputation as the "Sportfishing Capital of the Northeast."
The tactics here are varied, but most anglers opt for heavy tackle that can handle a heavy bait or jig in strong currents and land the big one. Some outfitters also run skiffs to sheltered, shallower waters where fly-fishing rigs (seven- or eight-weight) can be used to sight-cast to striped bass and other cruising fish. Even with heavy fly tackle, a 24-inch striper is quite a tug. The deep water is relatively close by here, and tuna, sharks and other heavyweights are targeted with heavy tackle. Outfitters typically have a range of tackle to fit the occasion and season.
The best fishing is spring to fall, hitting a peak in September and October during the fall run. That's when baitfish pile up in the inshore waters and the striped bass, bluefish and false albacore line up to feast on this all-you-can-eat buffet before they migrate for the winter. Local anglers get in on the frenzy, lining up under the Montauk lighthouse and casting into the crashing surf.
Just a couple hours from New York City, Montauk is both a quick getaway from the city and a fishing destination in its own right.
- 39° 24° Dec-Feb
- 56° 40° Mar-May
- 81° 64° Jun-Aug
- 63° 45° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in Montauk, NY
Black Sea Bass
Susie E II
A Montauk Charter Boat Ideal for Fishing Charters & Social Functions Welcome to Susie E II! Book Now! Captain Burt Prince and the crew of the Susie E II are a hardworking, experienced and friendly dedicated to making every customer experience a happy one. Capt. Burt is a member of the Montauk Boatman’s & Captain’s Association (MBCA), an organization of charter and open boat captains who operate out of Montauk. The Susie E II is a Coast Guard-inspected 48-foot Montauk charter boat licensed to carry as many as 33 passengers for private charters, making the Susie E II one of the very few multi-passenger boats in Montauk. Fast and comfortable, the Susie E II is the obvious choice for fishing charters, bachelor parties, ash scatterings, corporate outings, and sunset cruises. A Comfortable Montauk Charter Boat The Montauk Fishing Charter Boat Susie E II is a 48-foot custom sport fisherman, Coast Guard-inspected and licensed to take up to 16 passengers for Montauk fishing charters.
More Montauk Outfitters
Blue Crush Charters
Our Business Blue Crush Charters is a family owned and operated business, catering to all levels of anglers. From beginners to experienced, families and group anglers, you're sure to have a great day on the waters on BLUE CRUSH. We provide all bait, tackle, ice, and offer instruction for the beginners on different methods of fishing and rigging. At the end of the day we'll filet your catch so you can take it home. Blue Crush Charters also welcomes well behaved pets to join you on your trip. The maximum amount of anglers/passengers, not including your pet is six persons. THE BOAT The BLUE CRUSH is a 35' Young Brothers, and was built and designed by E. Libby, in Corea, Maine. The vessel is equipped with state of the art electronics which includes two high speed sonar fish finder units, two gps chart plotter units and radar. The vessel is powered by a Detroit 671 TIB, which is rated at 485 hp, which enables a cruising speed of 18 knots. This vessel is also equipped with all of the necessary United States Coast Guard safety equipment.
Capt. Ron Onorato started commercial fishing in the waters of Montauk Point in 1973 as a rod and reel striped bass fisherman. During that time he landed twenty four striped bass over 50 pounds. He brings all this experience to make your trip pleasant and productive for codfish, weakfish, and he pioneered the art of small boat fishing for giant bluefin tuna. In the 1980's fishing from his 22 foot Boston Whaler, he landed over 60 tuna weighing up to 804 pounds. In addition he has fished for striped bass extensively for over 30 years and has landed two striped bass over 60 pounds. He also is an accomplished writer having written numerous articles for the Long Island Fisherman, Salt Water Sportsman, and other fishing magazines.
Fly Fish Montauk
East Hampton, NY
Montauk, NY and the surrounding waters provide some of the best saltwater fly fishing that the Northeast has to offer. Whether you are a seasoned saltwater fly fisherman, a freshwater fly fisherman looking to try saltwater fly fishing or just getting started with fly fishing; Capt. Ernie French will put together a guided saltwater fly fishing trip that is tailored to meet your specific objectives. Montauk, Gardiner's Island and the surrounding Northeast waters are known for legendary runs of Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel and Tuna. Whether it is spring, summer or fall there are fish to be found. Sometimes the fish are on the flats and other times they are off the beaches or the points. Whatever the case, Ernie French has the perfect boat, all of the necessary fly fishing gear and years of knowledge and experience finding fish and helping fly fishermen target and catch saltwater game fish on the fly.
Captain Steve Burnett
Come experience the beautiful and productive coastline of the Golden Triangle on a charter with Captain Steve Burnett. Sailing from Stonington, Connecticut, you’re only a quick ride away from some of the striper coast’s best fishing areas. The famous Watch Hill reefs, Fishers Island, The Race, Orient Point, the Rhode Island shoreline and even Montauk are all within an hour’s run. The season begins with stripers and blues in late May in and extends through late October with pushes of Atlantic bonito, false albacore and school bluefin tuna along the way. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this area can provide you with some of the most exciting inshore and fly and light tackle fishing the Northeast has to offer. Your host is Captain Steve Burnett, a USCG licensed and fully insured guide with fifty years of experience in the Watch Hill area. A day with Steve can be the trip of a lifetime.
Block Island Fishing Charters
New Shoreham, RI
Block Island sport Fishing Charters is the premier charter fishing service on Block Island. We have been fishing the waters of Block Island since the 1980s. We are well known for consistently bringing excellent catches back to the dock. If you are looking to catch Striped Bass, Bluefish, Sharks, and Tuna, you have come to the right place! Block Island has long been known to be one of the very best fishing spots on the East coast. It's beautiful, clear water and abundant fish stocks bring fisherman from all over the world. We love showing our customers just how good the Block Island fishing is! Let us take your family on a memorable Block Island fishing experience with B.I.'s best charter boat!
Captain Bob's Fishing Fleet
Fish while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Long Island sound between Shorem Wading River and Horton's point. Your destination will take you past the historical Lighthouse Park a prominent landmark. You won't have very long to sightsee though because it's only 30 minutes to some of the best fishing off Long Island. Only one half hour from the dock to the fish means more time to do what you came for and less time watching the wake. Snowshoe flounder, doormat fluke, giant blues and striped bass, and porgies galore. For the most memorible fishing trip of your life you can count on Captain Bob! We are booking charters for MATTITUCK MONSTER FLUKE, SEA BASS, STRIPERS, PORGIES, BLUES. We have 3 boats for your charter and fishing pleasure. No matter what you need, we have the boat for you! From a six passenger fishing excursion to a 115 person party with full catering, or even just a nighttime cruise.
State-of-the-art Montauk fishing charter for friends, family, or corporate outings. Catch huge shark, bass, tuna aboard the Weejack. Come experience Montauk, the best in saltwater fishing on the east coast Sport Fishing on the charter boat Weejack with Capt. Scott Wymbs. Inshore: Bass, Fluke, Blues, Sea Bass, Porgy, Blackfish and Flounder. Offshore: Shark, Tuna, Cod, Pollack, Mahi, Marlin, Swordfish and Wahoo. 1-6 passengers 38 ft. Duffy custom built just to fish Big Caterpillar Engine 600hp Huge fishing cockpit 14ft beam State of the art electronics Big roomy wheelhouse Family-friendly fishing, bring the kids Heat / air condition Clean head (bathroom) All safety equipment Custom Tackle Hard working and courteous crew Fish cleaned, bagged, and iced Sails from Westlake Marina in Montauk, NY.
Wild Bills Action Sports - Sarah J Charters
Wild Bill is originally from Hartford, Conn and moved to Noank roughly 35 years ago. He started Wild Bill's Action Sports (originally a screen printing/embroidery business) out of his home 30 years ago. Shortly thereafter he took over a tackle shop and slowly got out of the apparel business. Fishing had always been a passion of his, and charter fishing was the logical next next. (His other passion is fresh roasted colombian coffee. Ask and he will explain.) Over the past 25 years, he has been honed his craft and grown his business. All of his customers were accumulated by word of mouth and still most are repeat customers. He takes a lot of pride in he does; producing quality fish for his customers. Sarah J is fully licensed for 6-pack charter in CT, NY, RI, and MA, and maintains a Federal Migratory Pelagic Species License. Sarah J is also available for golf charters, private charters, and sightseeing tours.
Captain Ken Rafferty
East Hampton, NY
Hi, my name is Capt. Ken Rafferty and welcome to my web site. I am a Fishing Guide located on the East End of Long Island, N.Y. based in Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton. I have been Fishing these waters for over 30 years and Guiding for the last 15 of those years. I'm told I'm an amicable and a patient Guide who will go out of his way to make your day on the water a pleasant and successful one.
Adios Charter Service
Journey into the world of Adios Sportfishing and enjoy some of the finest fishing the East coast has offer. Whether your looking to head to the depths of the Gulf Stream for an exciting day of offshore fishing searching for Tuna and Billfish or run just off the point to some of greatest inshore fishing grounds in the world. The Adios is what Montauk fishing is all about.
Over 70 years in the charter boat business! At Captain John's Dock, Waterford, CT Captain John's Sport Fishing Ctr., Inc. is family-owned and currently operated by the third & fourth generations. We have provided open party boat, private charter fishing and cruises to Southeastern Connecticut for over six decades. The Sunbeam Fleet has the largest fleet of boats in Connecticut.
Capt Vinny Catalano --- Joey C. Charters
From a very young age I've had a strong passion for fishing. After many sleepless nights and countless hours on the water, from both the boat and the beach, I made the decision to turn my passion into a career and haven't looked back since. For me sight fishing is the ultimate game and the most rewarding way to fish. There's no better feeling than when angler and guide work together to visually experience "the eat"! In season I guide the entire North Shore of Long Island, the North Fork and Montauk Point. In early spring I bring my clients to the main stem of the Delaware River and in the winter I host groups to the Bahamas and Belize. Whether using a fly rod or light spinning gear I love enthusiastically guiding for my clients and giving them the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding experience on the water. I operate two Maverick flats boats and a Bluewater boat.