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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. Atlantic Herring

  2. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 27.84% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 7394 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Montauk Atlantic Herring Counts Chart


  3. Winter Flounder

  4. Winter Flounder

    There is a 17.03% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 4522 Winter Flounder counted.

    Montauk Winter Flounder Counts Chart


  5. Silver Hake

  6. Silver Hake

    There is a 17.02% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 4520 Silver Hake counted.

    Montauk Silver Hake Counts Chart


  7. Alewife

  8. Alewife

    There is a 12.7% catch rate for Alewife, based on 3372 Alewife counted.

    Montauk Alewife Counts Chart


  9. Atlantic Cod

  10. Atlantic Cod

    There is a 9.07% catch rate for Atlantic Cod, based on 2409 Atlantic Cod counted.

    Montauk Atlantic Cod Counts Chart


  11. Scup

  12. Scup

    There is a 3.19% catch rate for Scup, based on 846 Scup counted.

    Montauk Scup Counts Chart


  13. Blueback Herring

  14. Blueback Herring

    There is a 3.13% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 832 Blueback Herring counted.

    Montauk Blueback Herring Counts Chart


  15. Spiny Dogfish

  16. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 1.36% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 362 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Montauk Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  17. Sand Seatrout

  18. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 1.23% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 326 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Montauk Sand Seatrout Counts Chart


  19. Red Snapper

  20. Red Snapper

    There is a 1.15% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 306 Red Snapper counted.

    Montauk Red Snapper Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 58 species of fish and 26555 fish counted for April around Montauk.

To date, there are 184 species of fish and a total of 4451071 fish counted for Montauk and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (150 years).

Last Update: 4/19/2024 8:07:46 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 Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Montauk are the following:

  1. Shinnecock Reef

  2. Out Cartwright


  4. wreck-5460

  5. Nates Spot
    Nates Spot

  6. Sagaponack Rock
    Sagaponack Rock

  7. Ryans Horn
    Ryans Horn

  8. 3 Mile Ledge
    3 Mile Ledge

  9. Inner Cartwright

  10. wreck-5466

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Latest Montauk Fishing Reports

  • Sat April 6 – Spring Cod & Blackfish
    Capt JR reports a tough trip on the Viking Star. We tried a bunch of spots but only had luck with a couple of Cod. We will give it another shot next weekend! The pool winner w

  • Fri March 15 – Sunday March 17 – Nantucket Wreck Trip
    Capt JR reports a less than exciting trip on the Viking Star. The wrecks were definitely not as lively or fruitful as we had on our last trip. Just a pick of Cod and a few Pol

  • Sun March 3 – Nantucket Wreck Special
    Friday March 1 to Sunday March 3 Capt JR reports another excellent trip onboard the Viking Star. Loads of Cod and very nice Pollock kept us extremely busy with rods bent all a

  • Sat Feb 10 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports a beautiful day on the water unfortunately the fishing has not picked up much! The trip for tomorrow Sunday Feb 11th is cancelled. We have two trips left for F

  • Sat Jan 27 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports a tough day on the Viking Star. We did lots of traveling around but found just a few Cod scattered around. We ended the day finding good action on a couple dee

  • Wed Jan 24 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports slow start to the day onboard the Viking Star. However we did some traveling and found a lively area to get some fish in the boat. We captured lots of nice Cun

  • Wed Jan 3 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports that we took advantage of the great weather and ventured out for the first trip of the new year onboard the Viking Star. We didn’t find the mother load but we

  • Sat Dec 23 – Block Island Mixed Bag
    Capt Dave reports improved fishing from yesterday on the Viking Starship. We had a bunch of Sea Bass Ling and Bergalls in the catch. Unfortunately no Porgies or Cod to be had

  • Fri Dec 21 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    Capt Dave reports a very tough day on the Viking Starship. This was our first day out since last Sunday and we found very dirty water left over from the blow. Action was very

  • Sun Dec 17 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    Capt Dave reports a tough day of fishing today on the Viking Starship. Most of the morning was very difficult to fish with the poor weather conditions rocking the boat making

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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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