Nab This Summer's Best Catch Aboard a Party Boat

What better way to simply relax and focus on getting the catch than on one of Long Island's many fun party boats.

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You don’t need a boat of your own to enjoy recreational fishing on Long Island. There are plenty of party boat services to choose from to savor some time out on the open water. Instead of multi-tasking, trying to fish and navigate at the same time, you can simply enjoy the ride and focus on what you came to do, fish! In addition, these charter boats have many useful tools to help you make the catch, like top of the line navigation and fish tracking instruments.

Another bonus is fishing regulations won’t keep you from trying your hand at fishing on these charter boats. There’s no tedious registration to go through, just hop onboard, cast your line, and enjoy. Party boats make fishing extremely simple. You don't even need to clean your own catch! If you’re not a huge fishing fan yourself, but tagging along on the charter anyway, take the time to relax, maybe crack open a new book, and spend the day lounging on the sun deck, catching some rays.

  • Blackfoot Charters: Located at the Center Yacht Club Marina in Center Moriches Blackfoot Charters provides fishing opportunities in the waters of Moriches Bay, Inlet, and the ocean. They provide the tackle, bait, and poles for the excursion. They will even clean or filet whatever you catch. Alcohol is permitted for those of age, but there is a 3 drink maximum and the charter service does not provide any of the alcohol. Prices and rates vary.
  • Celtic Quest Fishing Charters: Celtic Quest is located in Port Jefferson at the Port Jefferson Town Dock. They offer very clean facilities and they recently refurbished their vessels. In addition to the refurbishments the boats have also been equipped with new, helpful, fishing electronics. Poles, bait, and tackle are also complementary and so is filleting your caught meal. They offer fun contests and prizes for certain catches. For a virtual tour of the boats and reservation information, visit their website.
  • Monty Man II Fishing Charters: If you enjoy spending time out in eastern Long Island visit Monty Man II Fishing Charters located in Orient Point. Captain Jim Montalbano is a native Long Islander with lots of helpful tips for passengers trying to make the catch. Monty Man II offers a variety of trips, half day, full day, and night trips. This is a great spot for avid fishers, beginners, and family outings.
  • Osprey Fishing: Osprey Fishing is a family run charter service that sails out of Port Jefferson. Osprey has two boats that go out daily for both full day and half day trips. Private charters are also always available. Beer is allowed on the fleet but no hard liquor is permitted. Rates vary depending on the day, age, and length of trip.
  • Fishtale Charters: Located in Captree State Park in Babylon Captree Fleet has the largest fleet on Long Island. Take some time to browse their fleet. They detail the charter capacity, length and special features of each boat. In addition to party boats they also offer an open boat schedule and a sightseeing schedule.
  • Fun in the Sun Excursions and Fishing Charters: Located out of Center Moriches Fun in the Sun Excursions caters to you. If a fishing charter excursion is what you want they will provide that for you. If you’d prefer a ride over to a nice beach, they will set up chairs, tables, umbrellas, and barbeques. You will be nothing but pampered. They are kid friendly too, so bring them along!
  • Sea Dog Cruising: Sea Dog Cruising has multiple locations all throughout Long Island. Their locations are in Northport, Montauk, Greenport, and Block Island. They offer wonderful, customizable outings. Perfect for a scenic trip, and be sure to pack your camera to snap some photos.

After your excursion let us know how it went! And what you caught!