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 North Reef
    1/28/2017 8:28:25 PM - Block Island North Reef



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Montauk Fishing Prediction

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 27.24% catch rate for Scup, based on 13299 Scup counted.


  3. Flounder

  4. Flounder

    There is a 20.52% catch rate for Flounder, based on 10018 Flounder counted.


  5. Striped Bass

  6. Striped Bass

    There is a 15.45% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 7542 Striped Bass counted.


  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 5.06% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2470 Pollock counted.


  9. Striped Searobin

  10. Striped Searobin

    There is a 3.47% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 1696 Striped Searobin counted.


  11. Bluefish

  12. Bluefish

    There is a 3.33% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1626 Bluefish counted.


  13. Atlantic Mackerel

  14. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 1280 Atlantic Mackerel counted.


  15. Pinfish

  16. Pinfish

    There is a 2.53% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1236 Pinfish counted.


  17. Pigfish

  18. Pigfish

    There is a 2.41% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 1178 Pigfish counted.


  19. Black Sea Bass

  20. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 2.26% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1104 Black Sea Bass counted.


Recommedations above based on 83 species of fish and 48829 fish counted for May around Montauk.

To date, there are 131 species of fish and a total of 619675 fish counted for Montauk and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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 1939..

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Latest Montauk Fishing Reports

  • Viking Fleet Memorial Day Weekend Update….
    5/24/2022 2:28:57 PM - The Viking Fleet team is very excited for the Memorial Day Weekend and whether you are looking for fishing travel or just fun cruising we have a ton of different options for y


  • Mon 23 May 2022 13:36:50 +0000
    5/23/2022 9:36:50 AM - Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that the week started off a little slow on Monday when we had to fight with some strong tides early in the trip but were able to fi


  • Sun May 22 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/22/2022 1:56:35 PM - Capt. Dave reports a very good day of fishing on the Viking Starlite in fact one of the better days of fishing so far this season. They had 2 steady hours of good fishing pull


  • Sat May 21 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/21/2022 2:12:42 PM - Capt Dave reports good fishing on the Viking Starlite. It started slow but when we got to them they bit very well until slack tide and the Bluefish took over. We had about 20


  • Fri May 20 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/20/2022 2:04:33 PM - Capt Dave reports a good day on the Viking Starlite. We fished closer today it was a slow start and we did a lot of looking around. Towards the end of the trip we found them s


  • Fri May 13 to Sat May 15 – Tile/Cod Wrecks
    5/16/2022 11:26:39 AM - Fri May 13 – Sun May 15 Tile/Cod Wrecks – Viking Star Capt Steven Sr reports a very good trip on the Viking Star! We started out with a lot of Blueline and Golden Tile in the


  • Sun May 15 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/15/2022 3:28:42 PM - Capt. Dave reports a beautiful day on the Viking Starlite fishing was a bit slow due to the full moon tide running but there was a nice mix of medium and large sized Porgies a


  • May 15 2022
    5/15/2022 9:35:00 AM - Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that we were able to get out on Wednesday after the wind finally died down from earlier in the week. The fishing was a steady pick


  • Sat May 14 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/14/2022 2:59:11 PM - Capt Dave reports okay fishing on the Viking Starlite. We had a lot of tide but we put together a decent catch of mixed sized Porgies keeper Fluke and Weakfish. The pool winne


  • Thurs May 13 – Montauk Spring Porgies
    5/12/2022 3:48:21 PM - Capt Dave reports good fishing today on the Viking Starlite. We started out close and we found some fish but it was not good enough. So we took the ride and found a load of bi


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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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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
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Buoy Conditions

Station 44017 - MONTAUK POINT - 23 NM SSW of Montauk Point, NY
May 25, 2022 3:40 pm EDT
Location: 40.693N 72.049W
Wind Direction: E (100°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Average Period: 5.1 sec
Mean Wave Direction: ESE (108°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.41 in (1029.7 mb)
Air Temperature: 54.7°F (12.6°C)
Dew Point: 43.0°F (6.1°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon

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