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Blackfish City Island

Private Charters, City Island Offer the Best for Blackfish Fishing!

blackfishIf you’re new to fishing or haven’t tried to fish for blackfish, this is the perfect time to start. Island Current has everything you need to get the best catch along the Long Island Sound. Plus, this looks to be a great year for City Island, NY Black Fish fishing. We’ve already had boats limiting out on blackfish! These tasty critters also called tautog, are the perfect catch for any angler.

They have the fight of a black fish and the delicious delicate taste of winter flounder. Right now these fish are biting bigtime, practically hopping on the boat! Here’s a little background on one of our favorite fish to catch.

Migrating Makes Big Bites

Every fall blackfish, also known as taugtog, start to make their way back to the ocean. As these fish make a slow and lazy move to the ocean, they are looking for food for winter. When they are hungry, these beauties love to bite. And, boy, do they bite big.

Big teeth and strong jaw attack the bait, sometimes hitting your hook, one, two, or even three times. Those mighty teeth come in handy to feast on their favorite prey, green crabs and Asian crabs.  When you fish with Island Current, we stock all the fresh bait you need for hooking those blackfish. We also help you get these powerful fish off the hook, with expert care because you want to take special care with these critters or you might get more bite than you bargained for.

Blackfish like to hide and shelter along rocks, wrecks, and bridge pylons. The best way to get a good blackfish bite is to do a private charter with experienced captains and crew. These experts will also keep track of fishing regulations and limits for you. Skilled anglers will know where to find blackfish and how to catch them.  Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to get those blackfish biting.

How to Get Blackfish to Bite

Check out this 8lb monster!

blackfish2In the fall, blackfish like to go to deeper waters close to reefs, wrecks, rocks, or even bridges. An experienced crew will know the perfect spot.

  • Use a strong hook- size 3-5. The crew on Island Current will supply you with the right size and strength.
  • Choose sturdy rods and reels, expert anglers can guide you with the right length and monofilament fishing line.
  • Find a deep pool or drop-off close to rocks and anchor so you can drift. The Captain with the Island Current fleet has been fishing these waters for over 30 years and knows all the best spots.
  • Carefully measure sinker weight and use just enough to keep bait skimming on the bottom.
  • When you get a hit, keep baiting your hook quickly as you keep tension on the line.

Private Charters to Celebrate the Holidays

boat5Got some family coming in for the Holidays? Is your office looking for a new way to celebrate this year? A private charter City Island excursion could be the perfect answer. There’s no place more convenient and the fishing is amazing. Island Current has an incredible crew that is ready to take you out on the water and help you bring in the fish. All of our fishing trips offer the following:


  • Experienced Crew
  • Guidance and Help While You Fish
  • All the Tackle You Need
  • The Freshest Bait
  • The Right Bait for the Right Fish
  • Free Fish Cleaning While You Ride
  • Top Rated Equipment
  • Furono Fish Finder


blackfish1We also offer a top of the line fleet with the Island Current I, II and III. These boats are beauties with accommodations for small parties to parties as big as 110 passengers. Both the Island Current II and III have been United States Coast Guard certified. If you are looking for experience, safety, and incredible equipment, you’ve found it with Island Current. There’s no better place than City Island, NY BlackFishing .Give us a call today at 917-417-7557 or book a charter online. We cannot wait to get your line in the water and those fish jumping!

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