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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published April 26th 2011
You may not think about reserving a fishing charter boat from anywhere in the Manhattan area of New York City; you might think that can only be done in one of the other boroughs. Many locals, however, know that you can literally walk out your office door after work, with your casual clothes slung over your shoulders in a pack or bag, and climb aboard a fishing charter boat for a few hours of bay and offshore fishing. Some of the fishing charter businesses listed below will let you do just that.

Manhattan Fly Fishing Charters

Manhattan Fly Fishing offers Bay or gulf charters that last anywhere from 5 hours to approximately 15 hours. You should note the name—Manhattan FLY FISHING Charters, as this is the type of tackle and line that is used on these boats. However, if luck is with you, you'll catch anything from bluefins to tuna to mahi mahi to even a couple of sharks (mako and blue); depending on which waters you are fishing.

Fly fishing equipment is available for rent or you can bring your own. This makes it easy for you to get started as soon as possible after you board the boat.

Just Wonderfil Sport Fishing

This fishing charter business offers ½ day to full day fishing excursions at very reasonable rates. The captain of this business also prides himself on assuring that everyone will have a good time, and he does this by enforcing a few rules. These include no hard liquor—beer can be consumed in moderation, and understanding that he will decide if any weather changes that may occur warrant cutting the trip short. He has your safety and enjoyment in mind.

This would be a good charter business for a family fishing excursion. You wouldn't have to worry about your kids being exposed to rowdy, inebriated fishers.

Rocket Charters

Rocket Charters is a fishing charter business is designed to allow you to fish after work. The crews of the charter boats know the best spots that are far enough out to give you an opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish but still close enough that you can still see the New York skyline.

Your meal is included as part of the charter price, so you can literally walk out of the office and onto the boat for a few hours of fishing after a busy day at work. What better way to relax and unwind?

On the Bite Charters

On the Bite Charters offers half-day, ¾-day, and full-day fishing excursions. On the half-day one, you stay out for four hours; on the ¾-day one you stay out for 6 hours; and the full-day excursion is 8 hours in length. The charter prices include your New York fishing license (locals don't have to worry if they don't have theirs with them; out-of-towners don't have to worry about getting one in advance), your bait and tackle, and beverages. All of these make for a very enjoyable fishing excursion.

Manhattanites or those visiting or staying in Manhattan can arrange for pick-up at different locations in the Manhattan area. On the Bite Charters wants to make sure you spend more time fishing and less time getting to the boat.

Jones World Sport Fishing

This is another fly fishing charter business which provides the equipment. However, don't worry about getting someone's castoffs, or beat-up, much-used equipment. The rods and reels are manufactured by well-known fishing companies, as is the line. There is no skimping on equipment quality on these fishing excursions.

Fly fishing is done in the Atlantic Ocean, just off of different New York City waterways such as the Hudson and East Rivers, New York Harbor, and Jamaica Bay. With any luck, you'll catch striped bass and chopper bluefish.

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Why? Because fishing is fun for all ages
When: Whenever weather permits
Where: All over New York City's waters
Cost: Depends on charter
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