Geographically situated just outside New York City, Long Island is 118 miles long by 20 miles wide and is the largest island adjoined to the continental U.S, perfect for your next party boat or charter boat saltwater fishing trip. Originally named “Paumanauke” by the Native Americans, meaning “tribute to the sea,” this fish-shaped island on the East Coast extends from the Hudson River far into the Atlantic Ocean.

Fishing Permits

The New York State legislature established a no-fee recreational marine fishing registry through 2013. There is no fee for the permit, but you must register and carry the permit if you are planning to fish. You need to register at a local bait & tackle store or at the state website at

You can also find current salt water ‘Open Season’ and other information at

Miles of Spectacular Shoreline

Surrounded by water on all sides, Long Island, NY has over 400 miles of coastline. That adds up to a wide variety of spectacular shoreline and ocean fishing experiences.

Due to the region's geographic diversity, Long Island fishing charters offer a variety of saltwater fishing adventures from calm bay fishing to exciting Long Island deep-sea fishing. Both northern and southern fish species frequent Long Island waters, including Atlantic cod, winter flounder and mackerel in the spring or bluefish, summer flounder and Spanish mackerel in the fall. Other species of fish include blackfish, porgies, and fluke, in addition to shark, tuna, and abundant striped bass. Private Long Island fishing charters are available to both the serious and the novice fisherman in addition to party boat fishing or “rent your own” boating.

Shoreline fishing is also permitted at several state park beaches, along with many other opportunities to put your hook in the water. Permit may be required.

World-Class Fishing

Bait your hook and whet your appetite for the great outdoors at the tail end of Long Island, Montauk Point and Orient Point. The two points offer distinct sport fishing experiences for everything from striped bass to shark fishing. In fact, Montauk Point is often called the “sport fishing capital of the northeast.”

There are various types of overnight vacation opportunities throughout Long Island, ranging from nearby spa hotels, oceanfront motels and budget accommodations.

Fishing Variety

Long Island fishing charters and party boats offer different types of excursions depending on the season. Most provide reels, bait, and tackle with captains and crew who are more than happy to show up-and-coming sea anglers how to use them. Reservations are recommended for most trips. Fishing boats are regulated by the Department of Environmental Conversation to ensure against over-fishing and to keep the waters healthy for future generations. The big fall run starting in September is when Long Island locals and dedicated fishermen know there are rewards to be had as the fish bulk up before they migrate for the winter. Embark on an unforgettable Long Island deep sea fishing charter from Montauk, Orient or any of the other local marinas that offer ocean fishing.

You can also sail away in sapphire-colored waters of Long Island’s Great South Bay or Moriches Bay from marinas such as Captree, Point Lookout, Smith Point and Freeport. Bay fishing offers calm waters and a relaxed atmosphere. The unique bay water has a variety of fish such as black and blue fish, summer and winter flounder, striped bass, cobia, sea bass, and many other species. Choose from half or full-day excursions.

Stay for a While

Many marinas are located near bustling seaport towns. After a day of Long Island deep sea fishing, enjoy the sites as a perfect end to the evening. Enjoy the catch of the day at fine waterside restaurants and clam bars. Attend annual events including national fishing tournaments and festivals, as well as a wide variety of other activities while you’re here.

Other Long Island fishing marinas are located at Port Jefferson Harbor, Greenport, Howard Beach, Huntington, Oceanside, Port Washington, Southold, Glen Cove and Shinnecock Bay in Hampton Bays. You can also fish right off the beach at parks such as Sunken Meadow, Wildwood, Montauk Point or Orient Point.

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