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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.

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. Flounder

  2. Flounder

    There is a 19.27% catch rate for Flounder, based on 4847 Flounder counted.

    Montauk Flounder Counts Chart


  3. Scup

  4. Scup

    There is a 15.84% catch rate for Scup, based on 3985 Scup counted.

    Montauk Scup Counts Chart


  5. Striped Bass

  6. Striped Bass

    There is a 15.51% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3902 Striped Bass counted.

    Montauk Striped Bass Counts Chart


  7. Black Sea Bass

  8. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 13.72% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 3450 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Montauk Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 11.8% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2968 Bluefish counted.

    Montauk Bluefish Counts Chart


  11. Red Snapper

  12. Red Snapper

    There is a 3.92% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 987 Red Snapper counted.

    Montauk Red Snapper Counts Chart


  13. Blue Shark

  14. Blue Shark

    There is a 3.22% catch rate for Blue Shark, based on 811 Blue Shark counted.

    Montauk Blue Shark Counts Chart


  15. Winter Flounder

  16. Winter Flounder

    There is a 2.95% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 742 Winter Flounder counted.

    Montauk Winter Flounder Counts Chart


  17. Striped Searobin

  18. Striped Searobin

    There is a 2.06% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 519 Striped Searobin counted.

    Montauk Striped Searobin Counts Chart


  19. Atlantic Cod

  20. Atlantic Cod

    There is a 1.91% catch rate for Atlantic Cod, based on 481 Atlantic Cod counted.

    Montauk Atlantic Cod Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 79 species of fish and 25151 fish counted for June around Montauk.

To date, there are 173 species of fish and a total of 2829924 fish counted for Montauk and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (149 years).

Last Update: 6/8/2023 12:06:20 PM

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 Fishing Spots

The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Montauk are the following:

  1. Out Cartwright

  2. Shinnecock Reef


  4. Sagaponack Rock
    Sagaponack Rock

  5. wreck-5460

  6. Nates Spot
    Nates Spot

  7. 3 Mile Ledge
    3 Mile Ledge

  8. Inner Cartwright

  9. wreck-5466

  10. Short Stop
    Short Stop

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Latest Montauk Fishing Reports

  • Thurs June 8 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports a good day on the Viking Starlite. For two hours the Porgies bit fairly well and they were all Large and Jumbos otherwise it was a slow pick. There were also

  • Wed June 7 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports good fishing on the Viking Starlite. We fished local and had Porgies of the nicest size! Mostly 2 to 3 lbers. It was a slow pick but quality stuff. There was

  • Sat June 3 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports good fishing on the Viking Starlite. We picked away at mixed size Porgies to start out. It got slow at slack tide but when the tide got going it was excellen

  • Wed May 31 – Full Moon Slob Tile Special
    Capt Steven Sr reports overall a good trip on the Viking Starship. Day 1 had Mother Nature against us! It was wind against tide all day. There was no drift with confused seas.

  • Fri June 2 – Full Moon Striped Bass
    Full Moon Moo Cow Bonanza Capt JR reorts a SLAMMER trip on the Viking Star. Rods bent over with hungry Bass from the minute we started fishing. Hungry hungry Bass for all angl

  • Thurs June 1 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports a decent trip on the Viking Starlite. To start out the fishing was picky with a lot of seaweed around. When it got good it was steady with all of the Porgies

  • Wed May 31 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports a very good day on the Viking Starlite. It was a good start with a lull in the middle. We moved around a bit and the last spot turned out very good with all

    We will be sailing this Friday Saturday and Sunday night for STRIPED BASS from 6PM-11PM! The first part of the trip will be diamond jigging and then after the sun goes down we

  • Mon May 29 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    Capt Dave reports a really good day of fishing today on the Viking Starlite. There was plenty of action all around the boat with Porgies coming up in the medium- large sized r

  • Mon May 27 – 1/2 Day Fishing AM
    Capt J.R. reports a decent morning of fishing on our 8am-12pm half day fishing trip on the Viking Star. Bottom fishing was on the slower side today but we managed to pull in s

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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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