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The Montauk Boatmans & Captains is an organization of charter and open boat captains who operate out of Montauk, Long Island, New York, the "Sportfishing Capital of the World"

Montauk Point, New York is a sleepy, scenic fishing hamlet situated on the eastern end of Long Island. We are located 120 miles east of New York City and 56 miles west of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Since Long Island protrudes so far out into the Atlantic Ocean, we are the closest port to the canyons and Gulfstream in the entire Northeast. This make any offshore adventure for tuna, shark or marlin a relatively short trip. At the same time, all of Long Island Sound flows past Montauk with each ebb and flow of every tide. This provides for vast amounts of bait and nutrients to build up inshore which attracts and holds great schools of inshore gamefish such as trophy striped bass, slammer bluefish and doormat fluke.

What better way to spend your leisure time than going fishing? You and your friends and family can spend a relaxing day in the sun with the possibility of catching a really big one, a fish of a lifetime.

The Montauk Boatmen Inc is the largest group of full time professional charter and party boat captains sailing out of the same port in the entire country.

The waters of Montauk are quite productive, giving up more world record fish than any other port - truly the "SPORTFISHING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD".

Unlike most fishing areas, Montauk is surrounded by three distinct and totally different bodies of water. From the calm protected waters of Fort Pond Bay and Gardiner’s Bay through Block Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean, many different species of fish can be found to suit any angler. Montauk also provides some of the finest restaurants, resorts, motels and beaches in the world as well as an excellent golf course that is open to the public. Tennis courts are also available, as is horseback riding and hiking.

Remember, if you haven't fished Montauk - you've only been practicing.

Come and join us!


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The MBCA was founded by a group of local captains for the purpose of insuring that their voices were heard by lobbying politicians both at the state and federal levels. At that time the MBCA was representing the charter and party boat captains. That mission has expanded to include the recreational fisherman and boatmen. Our mission at the Montauk Boatman and Captains Association is: “To preserve the tradition of sportfishing culture in Montauk and to ensure our long term and equal access to our local fisheries.”

As a volunteer organization, the MBCA has many dedicated individuals who donate both their time and money to support the cause of the charter and headboat industry as well as the wider recreational fishing community. At the meetings members get together in a social environment to discuss pressing issues and concerns. We welcome local businesses and marinas, and encourage both professional captains and recreational anglers alike to join. It is imperative to preserve our resources, and we at the MBCA need your involvement.

Montauk Point is a special place. Please support our harbor and resources by joining the MBCA today.

Please contact us at or by phone:

President Rick Etzel at 631-921-8623

Joe McBride at 631-329-0973.