With the Long Island Sound at Kings Park’s doorstep, fishing is a sport, or a passion, that is readily accessible to all. On any given day, adults and children can be found fishing down at the Bluff, along the shores of theand off the beach at .
For those who don’t have a boat, or better yet, a friend with a boat, fishing offshore doesn’t have to be off limits.
Captain Gary Nilsen of Sunrise Fishing Charters fishes the waters of the Long Island Sound, from fluke season to blackfish season.
Captain Gary launches his 22 ft. Grady White from the . The one to four person charter sails seven days a week. The Sunrise is equipped with the latest electronics, including two fishfinders and has a full canvas enclosure for those cooler, wet days.
Captain Gary has been fishing out of the Bluff for forty-five years and has operated the charter company for the past seventeen years. He also holds a United States Coast Guard Near Coastal Masters license.
“The charter is great for families,” Captain Gary explains. “We accommodate everyone from the beginner to the experienced fisherman.”
The Sunrise starts fishing for fluke in early May, then striped bass in late May. By the end of June, Captain Gary switches to a combination of bass and bluefish. August through September brings porgies, blues and bass and by mid October, the Sunrise is in search of blackfish.
“The fishing is good now,” says Captain Gary. “We’ve had stripers up to 29lbs, and lots over 20lbs over the past few weeks and the blues are picking up.”
The charter provides all bait and tackle. They clean and bag all keeper fish and they take care of all license requirements. All passengers have to do is pack a lunch.
The Sunrise sails from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Night trips are generally available on weekends only.
Rates are based on number of persons, $85.00 per person. Booking is required three days in advance and can be done through the website or by calling Captain Gary at 631.786.7745.
Fishing the Long Island Sound can be exciting and rewarding, especially if the captain is familiar with the area. For Captain Gary’s forty-five years of fishing these waters, Sunrise Fishing Charters makes our list of 100 Things to Do In Kings Park.
Category: Sport, Recreation, Family, Outdoors
Price: $85 per person
Season: The opening of fluke season in May until November 30th
Notes: Pack a lunch, sunscreen and a camera