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10. Lighthouse Marina 229 Meetinghouse Creek Rd., Aquebogue 631-722-3400 11. Orient by the Sea 40200 Main Rd., Orient 631-323-2424 12. Port of Egypt Marina Southold • 631-765-2445 13. Strong’s Marine Mattituck • 631-298-4770

Fishing on the North Fork

by Bill Stamatis

Visitors to the North Fork should take advantage of some

of the most exciting inshore saltwater sport fishing available

on Long Island. Our Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound are on the annual migratory path of species like fluke, weakfish,

in the shallow waters of our bays and harbors, and usually

arrive chasing massive schools of squid sometime in May.

Most of the local charter and party boats ply the waters

around Greenport and Shelter Island to take advantage of the

porgies, sea bass, striped bass and bluefish.

abundance of fish. The protected inshore waters are usually

provide bait and you can rent tackle when you come on board.

The easiest way to fish is to hop on open/party boats. They

Check their names and telephone numbers below, and look

for updates at the North Fork Captain’s Association website at

Though you can fish the local waters most of the year,

sport fishing begins in earnest at the start of May, and ends

sometime after Thanksgiving. The arrival of fluke herald the

opening of the major season. These migrating flatfish spawn

very calm so you can bring the whole family.

Mother’s Day through Memorial Day you can double up

with multiple-hook rigs and catch both fluke and weakfish. As June begins you can enjoy catching porgies. A day catching

all three species is not uncommon.

Porgies are available from the end of May though the mid-

October and are perhaps the most abundant fish in the area.

They are a hoot to catch and put up a remarkable struggle as

you bring them to the surface. They are also one of the tastiest

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Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina Greenport • 631-477-0828 Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport Greenport • 631-477-9594 Brick Cove Marina Southold • 631-477-0830 Clark’s Marine Repair  Shelter Island • 631-749-0089 Coecles Harbor Marina & Boatyard Shelter Island • 631-749-0700

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6. Goldsmith’s Boat Yard Southold • 631-765-1600 7. Great Peconic Bay Marina 13 Washington Ave., South Jamesport 631-722-3565 8. Island Boatyard And Marina Shelter Island • 631-749-3333 9. Jack’s Marine, Bait & Tackle Shop Shelter Island Heights • 631-749-0114

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boat leaves from Greenport. Other companies will take you sailing, rent you kayaks, canoes and more. In this section you’ll also find everything you need to know to put your own boat in the water, and to go fishing on your own. Our waters are not just for play, however; we have a vibrant oyster, scallop and commercial fishery. Even if you don’t catch your own, be sure to enjoy some of that local goodness while you’re here.

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The North Fork is surrounded by bays and Long Island Sound, with hundreds of miles of coastline that are perfect for exploring by motor boat, sailboat, kayak, canoe and waterboard. Fish are abundant and fun to catch. The North Fork is home to many businesses who cater to your every fun-on-the-water need. We have many marinas, two of which allow you to rent boats by the day, and which also offer captain services. We have many sport fishing charter companies, most out in Orient Point, though the biggest party

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