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Photo by Andrew Derr – Long Island On The Fly

fishing guide north fork long island

The island’s end is known for its aquatic delights, from Peconic Bay scallops to striped bass. While many local restaurants serve locally caught seafood, the satisfaction for many is catching the fish themselves. For recent fishing reports from the North Fork, click here.

There are plenty of bait and tackle shops scattered across the North Fork, and asking the man behind the counter may be your best bet for fishing tips in the area, said Andrew Rowsom, tackle shop manger at Preston’s in Greenport.

One thing to be sure of before casting out is checking state and town fishing restrictions, so you know what you can keep and what to throw back.

The Department of Environmental Conservation website hosts a size chart for fin fish along with dates for seasons one can fish on the North Fork.

For example, summer flounder, also known as fluke, must be at least 19 inches to keep, and fisherman can only keep up to four a day. The fluking season runs from May 1 through September 29.

There are stricter restrictions on shell fishing in both state and town waters. The DEC website offers a size and possession chart for shellfish taken from state waters. Shellfish taken from Riverhead, Southold  and Shelter Island town waters requires a permit, while state waters do not.  You can apply for town permits at local town halls.

State law limits recreational harvesters to no more than one combined bushel of clams, oysters and mussels a day.

“Once the season opens up, we may see 50 to 100 boats a day in front of the store,” said Rowsom. He said he has tips about bait for recreational fisherman, mixing certain types that will be sure to get you bites.

“There are boats out there fishing for fluke, and this year they have been getting porgies out there as well. That’s kind of the start of the season, and at this point most of the fishing that goes on is right out here on Greenport Harbor,” he said.

For those that don’t have a watercraft there are a number of charter boat companies that can take you out for a day on the water. They know the inside secrets to ensure you take a keeper home for dinner.

“We catch striped bass in May, June, and July, and we fish bluefish, fluke and we catch porgies and even blackfish,” said Captain Sloan Gurney, owner of Orient Point Fishing Charters.

“We are professional fishermen. We know where the fish are. We have custom made rods for all the different fish, and our experience tell us where the fish are at any given time ­– where they are going to bite,” Capt. Gurney said.

The North Fork is full of tackle shops, charter boats, marinas and a plethora of other nautical related shops. This rundown of shops, charters and marinas will have you spending more time on the water and less time on the computer doing research.


Bait & Tackle Shops, Boat Shops and other nautical shops

Albertsons Marine

61205 Route 25. Southold

(631) 765-3232


Dickerson’s Marine Inc.

9700 Main Rd. Mattituck

(631) 298-4040


Goldsmith’s Boat Shop

64150 Main Road, Southold

(631) 765-1600


Jamesport Bait and Tackle

13355 Main Rd. Mattituck

(631) 298-5450


Peconic Paddler

89 Peconic Ave. Riverhead

(631) 727-9895


Peconic Water Sports

102 Main St. Greenport

(609) 937-9801


Preston’s Chandlery

102 Main St. Greenport

(631) 477-1990


Shelter Island Kayak Tours

23 N Ferry Rd. Shelter Island

(631) 749-1990


Warrens Tackle Center

548 Main Rd. Aquebogue

(631) 722-4898


Wego Fishing Bait and Tackle

64355 Main Rd. Southold

(631) 765-3918



Blackfoot Charters

222 Old Neck Rd. Center Moriches (serves Mattituck area)

(631) 874-0070


Black Rock Sport Fishing

Orient, NY

(631) 323-3813


Brooklyn Girl Fishing

Orient Point

(631) 395-7055


Captain Bob’s Fishing Fleet


(631) 298-5522


Captain Marty’s

900 King St. New Suffolk

(631) 734-6852


Captain’s Table Charters

1760 Sage Blvd. Greenport

(631) 495-0495


Celtic Horizon Charters

27585 Main Rd. Cutchogue

(631) 734-4295


Challenger Charters

Orient Point

(631) 477-0110

[email protected]


Compass Rose Fishing Charters


(631) 765-9331

[email protected]


Coyote Sportfishing Charters

29745 Main Rd. Cutchogue (sailing from Orient)

(631) 734-6288


Eastern L.I. Sportfishing Charters

1410 Manhasset Ave. Greenport

(631) 786-8418


Eaton Lobster II

40200 Main Rd. Orient Point

(631) 765-1768

[email protected]


Fishy Business Charters

40200 Main Rd. Southold

(516) 316-6967


Glory (Greenport Electric Launch) (Boat Tours)

102 Main St. Greenport

(631) 477-2515




(631) 765-6464

[email protected]


Long Island on the Fly


(212) 495-9062

[email protected]


Maverick Fly

55 Old Shipyard Ln. Southold

(631) 765-3670


Monty Man Fishing

Orient Point

(631) 363-2020

[email protected]


Nancy Ann IV Fishing Charters

40200 Main Rd. Orient Point

(631) 477-2337


Narrow River Marina

5520 Narrow River Rd. Orient

(631) 323-2660


Nautical Dreamer Sailing Charters


(631) 767-0149


North Fork Adventures

6700 Aldrich Ln. Mattituck

(516) 662-6382


Orient Star II


(631) 274-5401


Orient Yacht Club

2110 Village Ln. Orient

(631) 323-9767


Peconic Star Charters

103 3rd St. Greenport

(631) 289-6899


Polar Yacht Club

525 Orchard St. New Suffolk

(631) 734-7840


Primetime 3 Fishing

40200 Main Road. Orient 

(631) 323-2618


Rainbow Charters

40200 Main Rd. Orient Point

(631) 765-4314


Robert Hamilton Jr. Inc.

527 Main St. Greenport

(631) 477-0243


Second Chance Charters

Orient Point, NY

(631) 873-0934


Shelter Island Yacht Club

12 Chequit Ave. Shelter Isle Hts

(631) 749-0888


Special-K Charters


(631) 365-1340

[email protected]


Sundown Charters


(631) 765-2227


Surf and Turf Charters & Tours

714 Main St. Greenport

(631) 873-0934



Brewer Stirling Marina

1410 Manhasset Ave. Greenport

(631) 477-0828


Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport

500 Beach Rd. Greenport

(631) 477-9594


Brick Cove Marina

1760 Sage Blvd. Southold

(631) 477-0830


Broadwaters Cove Marina

8000 Skunk Ln. Cutchogue

(631) 734-6323


Coecles Harbor Marina & Boatyard Inc

18 Hudson Ave. Shelter Island

(631) 749-0700


Great Peconic Bay Marina

13 Washington Ave. South Jamesport

(631) 722-3565


Island Boatyard Inc.

65 S Menantic Rd. Shelter Island

(631) 749-3333


Lighthouse Marina

229 Meeting House Creek Rd. Aquebogue

(631) 722-3400


Mitchell Park & Marina

115 Front St. Greenport

(631) 477-2200


New Suffolk Fishing Station

900 1st St. New Suffolk

(631) 734-6852


New Suffolk Shipyard

3350 W Creek Ave. Cutchogue

(631) 734-6993


New Suffolk Shipyard

6775 New Suffolk Rd. New Suffolk

(631) 734-6311


Orient by the Sea Marina & Restaurant

40200 Main Rd. Orient

(631) 323-2424


Port of Egypt Marine Inc.

62300 Route 25. Southold

(631) 765-2445


Strong’s Marine 

2400 Camp Mineola Rd. Mattituck

(631) 298-4770


Townsend Manor Inn & Marina

714 Main St. Greenport

(631) 477-2000


Treasure Cove Resort and Marina

469 E Main St. Riverhead

(631) 727-8386


Other Fishing Guide Services

Captain Tony LoPerfido

(718) 745-6617

40 years of experience


Click here to read recent fishing reports from the North Fork.