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10. Lighthouse Marina 229 Meetinghouse Creek Rd., Aquebogue 631-722-3400 www.LighthouseMarina.com 11. Orient by the Sea 40200 Main Rd., Orient 631-323-2424 www.orientbythesea.com 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 www.northforkcaptains.com
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 www.GreatPeconicBayMarina.com 8. Island Boatyard And Marina Shelter Island • 631-749-3333 9. Jack’s Marine, Bait & Tackle Shop Shelter Island Heights • 631-749-0114
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
Published on May 23, 2017
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