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Saltwater Sport Fish We Fish for Aboard the Marilyn Jean

Waters around Sheepshead Bay, New York City, and the New Jersey shore provide abundant fishing all year long, particularly when you have a crew like ours who knows where to find the best NYC fishing. The Marilyn Jean runs fishing trips throughout the year and our fishing trips offer a chance to catch many of the top local sport fish.

Depending on the time of year, there are various fish that we offer trips for. These are the fish included in our public fishing trips.

Striped Bass

Striped bass are a favorite fish for many anglers. They are a migratory fish that come through the area around April, move north and to deeper waters in the summer, and then return in September. Stripers swim in large schools and finding a school often provides frenzied and exciting fishing.

This is a difficult to advanced fish for anglers due to their swimming speed and power, as well as their large size. Stripers can be up to 4 ½ feet long and weigh up to 70 pounds with an average of around 40 to 50 pounds, making them an ideal trophy fish.


Blackfish, also known as Tautog, have a thick body with dark coloring. They are bottom feeding fish that spend their winters in deep waters and move to shallow waters in the springtime, often living and feeding around rocky outcrops and undersea man-made structures.

Blackfish are an intermediate skill level fish to catch since it takes some technique to hook one because they are hard fighters. Blackfish are 3 feet at max and can weigh up to 25 pounds.


Porgy, or scup, are flat, thin fish. They are bottom feeders that are found inshore in spring and summer, usually around piers, wrecks, jetties, and reefs.

Although they are good at fighting, porgies are easy to catch and a good option for a novice or younger angler. They also tend to be more exciting since the action moves rapidly once we find them and you can catch several in quick succession. Porgies are smaller fish that are 12 to 14 inches long.

Atlantic Mackerel

Mackerel are popular fish for eating or using as bait fish for other catches. They most often in the area in March and November, although they can be difficult to find. Mackerel swim in large schools that can sometimes measure more than a mile long. The best way to catch them is with mackerel trees, a small rig that can catch several at once to keep up with this voracious fish.

Mackerel are generally small and have an easy catch rating. They can be up to 2 feet long and weigh

7 pounds.

Atlantic Cod

Cod is another bottom feeding fish that can live up to 1500 feet down. It is especially good for eating with a flaky and tender flesh that cooks up nicely in a variety of dishes. Clam and squid are the best baits for this fish.

Cod is ranked as an intermediate fish for anglers and while sizes can vary extensively, they are usually between 2 and 3 feet long and between 10 and 20 pounds.

Marilyn Jean Fishing has trips for all of these different types of saltwater sportfish. Watch our calendar throughout the year to see when various trips become available and be sure to book your tickets ahead of time.

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