Sheepshead Bay Fishing: New York’s fishing paradise

Tom Keer

Fishing in NY is easier than you might think. A southern link connects the salty Long Island Sound, and rivers like the Hudson and the East have freshwater origins that provide spawning grounds for anadromous fish. With views of the Big Apple skyline, there are always excellent saltwater fishing opportunities. Fishing in Sheepshead Bay is the one part of Brooklyn that is solely dedicated to saltwater fishing.

Here you will find head boats with 12 to 50 anglers keen to fish in NY. Some boats focus on chance and flounder, while others sail up to three miles offshore targeting cod, sea bass, mackerel, and porgies. Other charters focus on striped bass and blues, with the occasional fake albacore and bonito coming across the rails. You don’t need to know where to fish. For around $ 30 for a half-day charter, the captain will send you to school. Plus, Sheepshead Bay’s fishing reports always feature a catch of the day.

Fishing Sheepshead Bay isn’t just about climbing aboard a captain’s ship. Boat rental is also available for a 1/4 day, 1/2 day and a full day. Head to Jamaica Bay, Breezy Point, Bright Beach, and Manhattan Beach. These are the closest areas where anglers go fishing. But think about it; The Statue of Liberty is just a short hop away, and how cool would it be to go fishing in Sheepshead Bay and catch a striper in front of Lady Liberty?

Fishing is easy in NY, but what if you catch a striped bass but really want to have a bluefish for dinner? No problem, Sheepshead Bay has fishmongers selling day boat fish. There you will find a community of fishermen and charter captains who have been making excursions for many decades. For some, it’s a family business in New York City that spans half a century. These captains know where the fish are.

Fishing in Sheepshead Bay is fun for everyone. If you’re in New York for business or with your family, visit Brooklyn. Hop on and catch a boat at Sheephead Bay Marina.

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or