Staten Island
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Staten Island, New York City 

Fishing

Deepwater Fishing

 
 

The waters off Staten Island offer great fishing grounds starting from the mouth of the Hudson River in the north to Sandy Hook Bay in the south. There are several charter boat companies, on Staten Island, taking enthusiastic anglers to the waters off the island. Boat captains are usually familiar with the locations of the rich fishing grounds and often equipped with electronic technology to detect the shoals of fish. Several charter boat companies are along Mansion Avenue with their boats docked at the nearby Great Kills Harbor, in Great Kills Park, on Staten Island’s South Shore.

Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island (New York City)

Great Kills Harbor by Jim Henderson

Depending on the size and facilities of the boat, rentals for 4-6 anglers cost $500-600 for a four-hour trip and $700-900 for an eight-hour trip. There is also the customary 15-20% tip to the mate for helping raise, cut, clean, ice, and pack the fish into the cooler and other assistance to the anglers. Tackle and bait are usually part of the package but have to bring your on food and drinks. Boat captains reserve the right to cancel the fishing trip due to inclement weather, and will refund the money or mutually agree for a reschedule.

Major fishing grounds include the upper and lower reaches of New York Bay, the Narrows, Raritan Bay, Gravesend Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, and New York Bight. Fishes found in these waters include striped bass, sea bass, blackfish, porgy, cod, tuna, fluke, weakfish, bluefish, tog, and even sharks. From April to June, it is common to catch striped bass weighing 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg) and on occasions, some can weigh more than 50 pounds (23 kg). If lucky, you might even sight whales but that is not for fishing!

Raritan Bay, New Jersey

Raritan Bay by Ted Kerwin

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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