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Excellent surf casting (at Montauk Point or along the ocean beaches) and inshore or offshore trips on party and charter boats make Montauk one of the premier fishing destinations on the East Coast. A trip to the chamber of commerce on Main Street or to the Harbor area (off West Lake Drive) yields the information you need to choose from the many fishing options. For summer trips, make reservations in advance.
Breakaway, a 42-foot Downeaster, can take up to six people inshore fishing for striped bass and fluke, or offshore for tuna and shark. Montauk Harbor, Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668-2914.
Half-day fishing for up to 40 people takes place on Lazy Bones, a popular party boat. You might catch flounder, fluke, striped bass, or bluefish, depending on the season. Montauk Harbor, Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668-5671.
Choose from deep-sea fishing or a half-day inshore haul for bass and bluefish on the Oh Brother, which welcomes families. Montauk Harbor, Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668-2707.
Viking Fleet offers half- or full-day offshore or night-fishing trips aboard its party boats. Montauk Harbor, Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668–5700. www.vikingfleet.com.
Freddie's Bait and Tackle sells lures, hooks and tackle, and fresh and frozen bait. You can also have your rod or reel repaired here. S. Edgemere St. south of The Plaza, Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668–5520.
Johnny's Tackle Shop is the place to go for custom-designed rods, excellent surf-casting advice, and a complete selection of fishing tackle. 786 Main/Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668-2940.
Montauk Sportfishing lists tide tables, fishing reports, marinas, charter boats, tackle shops, and other information. 631/668–2019; 800/280–5565 Captain Gene Kelly. www.montauksportfishing.com.
Star Island Yacht Club includes a marina, yacht club, restaurant, and the East End's largest nautical store, which is filled with bait and tackle, clothing, footwear, and supplies. Star Island hosts Montauk's famous shark tournaments in summer. Star Island Rd., Montauk, NY, 11954. 631/668-5052. www.starislandyc.com.
Lined on one side by the Long Island Sound and on the other by the Atlantic Ocean, and nicked by numerous bays and harbors, Long Island provides countless chances for anglers to indulge their passion and fisherfolk to make their living. The waters here draw commercial-fishing vessels and sporting boats, pros, and weekend warriors. In virtually every village that snuggles up against the water, you find docks, marinas, bait-and-tackle shops, and people willing to discuss the tides, weather, and best places to fish. Depending on the season and area, you can try your rod at striped bass, fluke, bluefish, flounder, skate, and even tuna and shark offshore. There's good surf casting at Montauk Point and Jones Beach. Charter boats glide in and out of harbors at Greenport, Shelter Island, and Montauk, filled with people seeking a prize for their wall or freezer.
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