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Seasonal freshwater licenses in the township of Southold cost $14 for New York State residents, $35 for nonresidents; they're available at the town hall (in the village of Southold) and local sporting-goods stores. Temporary shellfish permits cost $10.
Island Star Lines can provide rods and bait for free, if you need them, for trips on its 65-foot open fishing boat, Island Star. You can go out from May through November and bring the kids. A day ticket costs $45. Railroad Dock, 3rd St., Greenport, NY, ADD ZIP. 631/696–0936. islandstarfishing.com.
The 90-foot, 150-passenger Peconic Star II regularly offers fishing trips from May through December. Full-day rates are $80 per person and include bait and a rod and reel. Railroad Dock, 3rd St., Greenport, NY, 11772. 631/289–6899. www.peconicstar.com.