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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.

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. 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

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

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

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

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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. Silver Hake

  2. Silver Hake

    There is a 32.92% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 2222 Silver Hake counted.

    Montauk Silver Hake Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Herring

  4. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 24.89% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 1680 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Montauk Atlantic Herring Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Mackerel

  6. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 22.5% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 1519 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Montauk Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart


  7. Spiny Dogfish

  8. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 15.73% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 1062 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Montauk Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 0.86% catch rate for Flounder, based on 58 Flounder counted.

    Montauk Flounder Counts Chart


  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 0.81% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 55 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Montauk Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  13. American Shad

  14. American Shad

    There is a 0.68% catch rate for American Shad, based on 46 American Shad counted.

    Montauk American Shad Counts Chart


  15. White Grunt

  16. White Grunt

    There is a 0.3% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 20 White Grunt counted.

    Montauk White Grunt Counts Chart


  17. Bank Sea Bass

  18. Bank Sea Bass

    There is a 0.27% catch rate for Bank Sea Bass, based on 18 Bank Sea Bass counted.

    Montauk Bank Sea Bass Counts Chart


  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 0.19% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 13 Pinfish counted.

    Montauk Pinfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 24 species of fish and 6750 fish counted for February around Montauk.

To date, there are 151 species of fish and a total of 2227531 fish counted for Montauk and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (149 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 2:19:52 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.

View full Montauk Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Montauk Fishing Reports

  • Sat Dec 31 – Happy New Year!
    12/31/2022 11:03:35 AM - Happy New Year from the Viking Fleet! The entire crew of the Viking Fleet would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2023!! We do not curre

  • Fri Dec 30 – Schedule Update
    12/30/2022 9:39:37 AM - The Block Island Mixed Bag trip is CANCELLED for Saturday December 31. Captain Dave and crew would like to thank everyone who came out and fished with us this year and we look

  • Thurs Dec 29 – Schedule Update
    12/29/2022 10:16:34 AM - CURRENT SAILING SCHEDULE FROM THE VIKING FLEET! We look forward to seeing you for our final trips of the season Friday December 30 through Saturday December 31st at 5am for Bl

  • Thurs Dec 22 – Block Island Mixed Bag
    12/22/2022 3:48:57 PM - Capt Dave reports a slow day on the Viking Starship. We had good fishing on an offshore deep wreck with Porgies Sea Bass and Cod but the inshore fishing was not that productiv

  • Wed Dec 21 – Block Island Fall Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    12/21/2022 5:05:13 PM - Capt Dave reports an okay day on the Viking Starship. It was a tough go inshore so we headed to the deeper water and fished two wrecks which turned out pretty good. Everyone m

  • Tue Dec 20 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    12/20/2022 4:22:46 PM - Capt Dave reports an okay day on the Viking Starship. The fishing was not as good as Sunday. There were plenty of Sea Bass in the medium size range but we only caught a handfu

  • Sun Dec 18 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    12/18/2022 4:20:41 PM - Capt Dave reports steady fishing today on the Viking Starship. Fishing was sow today but steady we didn’t need to do much moving around as we had a consistant pull of fish at

  • Thurs Dec 15 – Coxes Ledge Cod & Sea Bass
    12/15/2022 4:52:34 PM - Full report to follow….. Cod Pool Winner – Jay Kim from Palisades Park NY with a 10 lber. Sea Bass Pool winner – Jeff Carlson from Mattituck NY with a 4.5 lber.

  • Thurs Dec 15 – Schedule Update
    12/15/2022 9:53:33 AM - SCHEDULE UPDATE: Friday December 16th ALL TRIPS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!

  • Tue Dec 13 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    12/13/2022 3:51:02 PM - Capt Dave reports decent fishing on the Viking Starship. It took a few spots to find them this morning but when we did there was very good action with a nice mix of Porgies an

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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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