NOW is always a prime time to catch big fish! NYC marine waters offer rich fishing opportunities to catch a trophy fish from shore or a boat. While we could spend endless pages on shoreline or surf fishing, this post is about fishing from a party boat (also called "head boat"). Don’t worry, there is no real party here on a fishing party boat (no disco lights, dancing, or music) - it is just good old fashioned fishing fun!
For example, in NY, the 2015 size limit for striped bass caught in the ocean was 28 inches in total length. Striped bass tend to become sexually mature at 3 years of age, and at 28 inches, it is usually 6-7 years of age (See age chart below). Legally, any fish shorter in length must be released. Anglers always have the option of keeping or releasing keeper-sized fish – do not ever feel obligated to keep a fish if you have no plans to eat it (or mount it, but even catch-and-release fish mounts are now readily available). Each angler on a party boat is responsible for their catch, and an illegally kept fish will result in a hefty fine. Information on fishing seasons can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
|(Striped Bass Age Chart from delaware-surf-fishing.com)|
9. Some Fish have Possession (Bag) Limits. Be sure that you are aware of fish species possession (bag) limits. As mentioned, many fish species are tightly regulated, and they must be caught in accordance to the legal possession limit allowed. See the figure below for 2015 NY possession limits of popular saltwater fishes. Each angler on a party boat is responsible for their catch, and an illegally kept possession limit will result in a hefty fine. Before and after you catch a fish, always check with a mate on species regulations. Detailed information on fish possession limits can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
So, What's it REALLY Like Fishing on a Party Boat? It's fishing. That means some trips will be outstanding with "fish coming over the rails," but other times, it may be very slow. That's why they call it "fishing" and not "catching," right?
Here is a neat video of phenomenal fishing on the party boat Celtic Quest:
Need Party Boat Recommendations? Our members have fished on the following party boats and had a great time! We highly recommend any one of these top-notch party boats:
Never Enuff Fishing (Flushing, NY): http://www.neverenufffishing.com/
Island Current (City Island, Bronx, NY): https://islandcurrent.com/
Capt Dave (Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY): http://www.captdaveonline.com/
Captain Al (Point Lookout, Long Island, NY): https://www.facebook.com/The-Captain-Al-167971516830/
FishFinder (Captree, Long Island, NY): http://captreefishfinder.com/
Laura Lee (Captree, Long Island, NY): https://captree.com/
The King Cod (Center Moriches, Long Island, NY): http://www.kingcodfishing.com/
Rosie (Moriches, Long Island, NY): http://www.rosiefishing.com/