Montauk Fishing

Montauk Fishing

Montauk, New York is home of the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York. It is also the location that Frank Mundas, who is said to have inspired the character Quint in the movie Jaws, started offering fishing charter trips for bluefish and sharks in 1951. While “Monster Fishing” in 1986, he and Donnie Braddick caught a 3,427 pound Great White Shark that still holds the record for the largest fish of any kind caught by a rod and reel.

Montauk is probably best known for its excellent Striped Bass fishing. The highlight is usually in the Fall when huge schools are feeding near shore and sometimes are so thick that the water will look like it is boiling. Surf and Fly fishermen enjoy catching these bass and the schools of False Albacore that run along the beaches, Bottom fishing around Montauk will produce Blackfish (Tautog), Cod, Flounder, Fluke, and Porgy.

During the Summer and early Fall, the offshore action off Montauk provides excellent Tuna fishing with Bluefin, Yellowfin, Albacore, and Big Eye Tuna. Mahi-Mahi (dolphinfish) are also plentiful in the late summer and a few Blue Marlin are caught every year.

Top Montauk Fishing Spots

  1. U-853 Wreck
    5/7/2011 12:18:23 AM - German submarine U-853 was a German Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 21 August 1942 by AG Weser of Bremen. She was commi

  2. Shagwong Reef
    1/21/2016 1:29:28 PM - Shagwong Reef

  3. Washington Shoal
    1/21/2016 1:27:03 PM - Washington Shoal

  4. wreck_2868
    8/2/2015 10:27:17 PM -

  5. Fairway Buoy off Block Island
    5/19/2018 11:06:33 AM -

  6. wreck-6282
    2/20/2020 2:26:12 PM -

  7. wreck-6278
    4/12/2019 11:47:29 AM -

  8. Out Cartwright
    5/19/2018 11:06:36 AM -

  9. Shagwong Reef
    5/19/2018 11:06:36 AM -

  10. Block Island Wind Farm
    3/7/2021 2:31:28 PM - Block Island Wind Farm is the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States located 3.8 miles (6.1 km) from Block Island, Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The

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Montauk Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Montauk, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scup

  2. Scup

    There is a 79.02% catch rate for Scup, based on 186327 Scup counted.

  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.7% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 15803 Black Sea Bass counted.

  5. Bluefish

  6. Bluefish

    There is a 3.47% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 8192 Bluefish counted.

  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 2.83% catch rate for Pollock, based on 6672 Pollock counted.

  9. Striped Bass

  10. Striped Bass

    There is a 2.44% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 5752 Striped Bass counted.

  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 1.54% catch rate for Flounder, based on 3632 Flounder counted.

  13. Striped Searobin

  14. Striped Searobin

    There is a 0.51% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 1204 Striped Searobin counted.

  15. Cunner

  16. Cunner

    There is a 0.5% catch rate for Cunner, based on 1187 Cunner counted.

  17. Tautog

  18. Tautog

    There is a 0.36% catch rate for Tautog, based on 843 Tautog counted.

  19. Little Tunny

  20. Little Tunny

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 754 Little Tunny counted.

Recommedations above based on 92 species of fish and 235810 fish counted for September around Montauk.

To date, there are 148 species of fish and a total of 632956 fish counted for Montauk and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (148 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 8:56:19 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Montauk Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Paulie's Tackle
    We are a full service bait and tackle shop where you'll find a large selection of lures, hooks, lines and terminal tackle. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, we're here to serve you. If you're interested in a custom built ro

  2. Montauk Anglers Club
    For a day, week or a season, let us make your stay in Montauk the best it can be. Only one half mile from Montauk Inlet, your home away from home awaits!

  3. Montauk Marine Basin
    Family Owned & Operated Since 1955. Transient and Seasonal dockage. Complete facilities for 150 boats. Floating docks for boats to 50 ft.

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Top Montauk Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Viking Fleet
    The Viking Fleet, which is a year-round operation, consisting of party fishing boats, private charter boats and a high speed ferry.

  2. My Joyce Fishing Charters
    Sailing from the Viking Dock in Montauk Harbor. Trophy Bass - Tuna - Shark - All Bottom Fish All groups are welcome and will be comfortable fishing on the My Joyce. Families with small children are extremely welcome aboard. Captain Kenny is experienc

  3. Lady Grace Charters
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for considering a fishing charter on the Lady Grace V. We encourage you to come aboard and experience the thrill of Montauk Sportfishing. Sailing out of West Lake Fishing Lodge, the Montauk Charter

  4. Weejack Charters
    State-of-the-art Montauk fishing charter for friends, family, or corporate outings. Catch huge shark, bass, tuna aboard the Weejack.

  5. Blue Crush Charters
    Located in Montauk Marine Basin (426 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954), Blue Crush Charters is easily accessible by car, and has plenty of parking. It is also just a short cab ride from the LIRR or the Montauk airport. Montauk Marine Basin is a ful

  6. Movin On Charter Boat Fishing Service

  7. Teaser sportfishing LLC

  8. Grand Slam Charters

  9. My Mate Charter Boat

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Top Montauk Marinas

  1. Montauk Anglers Club
    For a day, week or a season, let us make your stay in Montauk the best it can be. Only one half mile from Montauk Inlet, your home away from home awaits!

  2. Montauk Marine Basin
    Family Owned & Operated Since 1955. Transient and Seasonal dockage. Complete facilities for 150 boats. Floating docks for boats to 50 ft.

  3. A W Marina & Bait
    AW Marina, a bait & tackle store with seasonal dockage & mooring, has served the local fishing & boating community since 1959. Our store has a wide variety of fresh & frozen bait, large selection of quality tackle, crab /clam gear,

  4. Wild Bill's Action Sports
    Wild Bill's Action Sports is a Bait and Tackle shop. They also have a boat launch, boat and paddleboard rental, ice, snacks, and expert fishing advice. This is also the location of Sarah J Fishing Charters, specializing in trophy striped bass fi

  5. Thames Inn & Marina

  6. Three Belles Marina

  7. Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44017 - MONTAUK POINT - 23 NM SSW of Montauk Point, NY
September 25, 2022 10:50 am EDT
Location: 40.693N 72.049W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 13.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Significant Wave Height: 3.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 5 sec
Average Period: 4.1 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SW (228°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.80 in (1009.1 mb)
Air Temperature: 67.1°F (19.5°C)
Dew Point: 56.8°F (13.8°C)

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