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Montauk is home to one of the biggest and most terrifying fish we know. Recently, its waters have become protected grounds for sharks to feed, breed, and birth new ones. Ever since then, Montauk has always practiced the catch-and-release policy when it comes to fishing for sharks. If you’re planning to fish there, make sure you have a fishing permit. 

Because of its history of being a shipyard, Montauk specializes in offshore boat fishing. They bring out their boats and focus on more heavy tackle fishing instead of the light tackle due to the conditions. The fish big here are fierce fighters, and the strong waves will make it challenging for you.

Montauk - welcome to the paradise of daredevil anglers!

Choose Your Fishing Experience


Montauk is home to two kinds of fishing: heavy tackle fishing via boat fishing and surf casting. Depending on what kind of fishing you want to do, it will change your targets. Different fishing charters mean different specialties. Finding the right fishing charter in Montauk is crucial to make the most of your time there. 

Montauk Point and the Montauk Marine Basin are the perfect places for you to practice surf casting. The two aforementioned areas are filled with stripers, false albacore, and some tautog. But if the conditions are right, you’ll even have your chance to haul in a bluefish or a bluefin tuna. Anglers usually go surf casting from October to December since most of the fish retreat inshore when it gets cold. Like the sharks, however, you’ll need a special permit to bring home some of the tuna. Bluefin tuna are considered vulnerable species. 

Heavy tackle fishing might just be great in Montauk. These fish are the kinds that have an insane amount of stamina. You’ll be taken to the open waters via boat and tango with the sharks. In Montauk, they have something known as the Big Three or the Triple Threat: the aggressive shortfin mako shark, the elusive thresher shark, and the beautiful blue shark. To get to them, however, you’ll need to talk to some fishing charters that can take you out past Montauk Point. Unfortunately, you can’t bring these sharks home. The shortfin mako shark is currently considered a vulnerable species, so only catch and release are allowed. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to get a shot of the great white shark


Best Time to Fish in Montauk

Shortfin Mako Shark

The kick-off for Montauk’s fishing season is usually around June, especially since they’re strict in following conservation rules. Many anglers would advise picking your targets before heading to Montauk so that the trip isn’t wasted. Fishing isn’t always available year-round in Montauk, especially if you aim for the big game fish.

Bluefin tuna: These fish usually pop around June to July. However, these are usually the smaller ones. But Montauk can be quite strict about these fish. If you plan to go fishing for bluefin tuna, make sure you either have a permit or abide by the catch-and-release policy of Montauk. Come around early July, and the sharks will come out to play.

Shortfin mako shark: The poster shark of Montauk, this aggressive shark comes out around August to September when the temperature is best for them. Although they’re usually out as early as June and until October, August and September are the best times to fish for them. A hammerhead shark might even accompany them.

Thresher shark: This elusive shark comes out more from June to the middle of October. Usually, the thresher shark follows right behind the shortfin mako shark and the blue shark around those months. If you’re planning to haul in one of these, anglers recommend using a mackerel found in Montauk waters. Make sure there’s no hook. Slowly troll it along and when it comes to the kill, let it jump for it.

Striped bass: Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean fishing stops. All the fishing heads inshore. Gather up your gear for surf casting to catch a striped bass from an exciting stripers blitz from October to December. 

Fish species
Thresher Shark

Habitat: Nearshore, Continental Shelf, Inshore, Offshore

Weight: 500 - 1120 Pounds

Length: 120" - 240"

Shortfin Mako Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark fish

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 150 - 300 Pounds

Length: 72" - 150"

Striped Bass
Striped Bass fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Bluefin Tuna 
Bluefin Tuna  fish

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 200 - 600 Pounds

Length: 78" - 180"

All the Fun Things You Can Do in Montauk

Horseback Riding

Montauk is a place that lets you control the pace of your vacation. Whether you want to lounge around, take in the sights, or challenge your limits, Montauk has everything for you to try out. 


1. Montauk Fishing Charters

Before heading out to experience the other pleasures that Montauk has to offer, enlist a fishing charter to make the most out of your fishing experience. A lot of the fishing spots in Montauk do involve big waves. So, it’ll be good if you had some more experienced people or locals to help you navigate the waters of Montauk.


2. Surfing

Not for the faint of heart, but if you want to challenge the waves, go for it! Montauk’s Ditch Plains Beach is known for gargantuan waves. Daredevil surfers will find themselves challenged and pumped with adrenaline to face the waves. It’s a big undertaking despite Montauk being a small hamlet. Surf’s up, dude!


3. Horseback Riding

Montauk isn’t always about the water. Especially if the water might be too dangerous for a family activity, Deep Hollow Ranch’s got you covered. With 3000-acres worth of land, you and your family can go galloping across the ranch.  

Fishing Techniques
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
Heavy Tackle Fishing
Heavy Tackle Fishing