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Tips and Tricks to Prepare for a Fishing Trip

A successful fishing trip is all about preparation. The items you pack and the information that you gather ahead of time for your trip can mean the difference between a fun outing for everybody or an ill-prepared excursion out on the water.

There are many different aspects to a fishing trip as well, and they all need your consideration. You need to take in account the weather, what kind of waters you will be sailing on, and whether there is any chance that you may need to call off the trip early? There is also the type of fish that you are actually going to be looking for, and making sure that you have the correct resources to catch that particular fish.

All these aspects make a huge difference in not only your preparation, but also the type of fishing trip that you’re going on.

What Should I Do Before a Fishing Trip?

Every fishing trip is going to have its own unique set of requirements and preparations. These are not necessary for every trip, but it is important for you to know where you are going, what you will be fishing, and what your expectations should be for that trip. If this is a private trip, you can discuss this between you and your friends or family before heading out on the water. If this is a chartered fishing trip, reaching out to the organization hosting it is a great way to find out what to expect.

We can’t explain every different potential ecosystem or situation in one list, but we can go over some of the basic preparations you should take into account before going fishing. These tips make for a great beginners checklist so that you are able to enjoy your fishing trip with a degree of confidence:

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep Before the Trip – Preparing yourself the day before a fishing trip is a fantastic way to get ready. The number one thing you’ll want to do is make sure you get a proper sleep. Besides, most fishing trip starting quite early and this will allow you to be more alert while on the boat. Being well rested can also help fight off seasickness if that is something you are worried about. On top of this, it is also smart to avoid alcohol or caffeine the day before.
  • Packing the Right Gear – There are many different items that you can bring on a fishing trip, and it is important to make sure that you pack the correct gear for the day. Make sure you bring sunscreen, as you will most likely be out in the sun for hours if not all day. A solar generator can also be useful if the trip is going to be longer. This can help power smart phones, depth finders, or even coolers if you want to keep your catch fresh for a longer trip. A basic survival kit is also a great addition to your packing list, and of course you will want to make sure that you bring all of your fishing gear. Fishing kits often include baits, lurers, line cutters, fishing line, reels, and several fishing rods as well as the aforementioned coolers for your fresh catch of the day.
  • Brush Up on Essential Fishing Skills – Whether you are experienced at fishing or this is your first time out on a boat, it is still important to brush up on the basics of fishing. Going over different knots, and making sure you are at least familiar with them is a smart preparation. It is smart to give water reading an overview as well. Water reading is the term used to describe how those who are fishing are able to gauge not only the presence, but also the location of different fish in the water. Finally, casting and hooking are the basics of any fishing excursion, and it can be important to give them a review before going out. For casting, you can practice by throwing a line six feet out and making sure that your reel settles comfortably underneath your dominant hand. As for hooking, you will need to make sure that the fishing line does not break under the weight of the fish you are attempting to catch. A good way to practice this is to apply moderate pressure onto your line and then move that pressure back up the rod, and watch to make sure your line stays taught the entire time.

A little bit of preparation for fishing trip can go a long way. It is important to always have a respect for the environment you are fishing in. By bringing the correct resources and supplies, you’re able to better ensure that you are not going out unprepared. As we said before, this is only a basic overview for a fishing trip. Once you have more information like where you are going, and what you will be catching, it is important to research those specifics to have a more accurate picture of what your day out on the water will be like.

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Fishing Report Monday, 8/14/23 – A Great Day for Porgies

Our 8 AM trip on Marlyn Jean IV got off to a fantastic start with lots of jumbo porgies caught. It was a lively and successful outing that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Our nighttime trip was just as successful. The porgies have really been biting recently. You can find some photos from yesterday, below.

We have more trips scheduled for the rest of the week. On Thursday and Friday, full-day trips are planned from 7 AM to 3 PM. In addition, we are offering nightly excursions every evening from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM.

For those interested in booking tickets, they can be obtained at or by calling Captain Anthony at 347-952-1442 or Captain Tony at 646-413-1643.

Join us at Sheepshead Bay for more fishing adventures.

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Fishing Report – August 6th, 2023

What a day for porgy fishing in the famed Sheepshead Bay! Our 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trip was a success with ample catches and lots of excitement. Participants enjoyed the beautiful waters and the abundance of porgy, a true reflection of the area’s rich aquatic life. Private charters and other options are available for those eager to join the fun. For more information, visit MJ2FISHING.COM or call Capt Tony at 646-413-1643 or Capt Anthony at 347-952-1442. It was a day to remember, and we look forward to more unforgettable experiences!

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Answers to Common Porgy Questions

For many years porgy, also known as scup, was largely ignored by local fish catchers on the east coast. Much more similar to snapper than anything else, porgy has since become a favorite selection for its ability to adapt to most flavor profiles and its current large and wild population.

7 Things You Should Know About Porgy

There are still a lot of questions many have about porgy however. Because it has become the catch-of-the-day so recently, many of the cooking facts we know about salmon, halibut, tuna, snapper, and other seafood are not commonly understood about this east coast fish. Thankfully, those answers are easily found here:

  • What is the Flavor of Porgy? – Porgy, also called scup, has a mild and sweet flavor with white, tender meat. The skin easily crisps and flakes with a delicious finish, and the fish overall is commonly compared to snapper in terms of flavor and quality.
  • Does Porgy Have a Lot of Bones? – It is important to know that porgy does have a lot of small bones. When choosing your fish, it is good to try and buy larger porgy. This will result in a better meat to bone ratio, and make the bones much easier to remove when preparing.
  • Is Porgy Good for You? – Rich in vitamins B6 and B12, as well as niacin and phosphorus, porgy has quite a bit of nutritional value. As a lean fish it is also low in sodium, while a great source of low-fat protein.
  • Is Porgy a Red Snapper? – While commonly referred to as white snapper along the gulf coast, porgy itself is not a true snapper. Despite having many similarities to red snapper, porgy is part of over 100 species of fish called seabream, while snappers are part of an inland variation referred to as bream.
  • How Long is Porgy Good For? –Cooked porgy can be stored for roughly three days in most household refrigerators. However, if you want to freeze your porgy, it will last a little over a month before the texture and flavor are affected by the cold.
  • Where are Porgy found? – Abundant from Massachusetts and Long Island down to Cape Canaveral in the Florida Keys, porgy is a populous east coast fish. They prefer reef habitats, ranging from 100 to 240 feet deep.
  • How Do You Cook Porgy? – Any way you want to, honestly. We have a great recipe guide here that covers some of the more classic uses of scup, but truly if there is a seafood dish you enjoy, porgy can most likely be used in the recipe with minimal tweaking.
  • Is Porgy Hallucinogenic? – Salema porgy can contain hallucinogenic toxins. Native to the African east coast, these are not the porgy or scup we are discussing in this article, but they are commonly mistaken for our porgy in conversation, so we feel it is important to make the distinction. Scientists have equated the effect of these toxins to the same as taking LSD, causing days of potentially scary and vivid hallucinations. Salema porgy is not a fish you will ever be served, but it is important to know the difference.

So, as the food industry pursues new flavor profiles and recipes based upon the once overlooked but always delicious porgy, it is important that we understand the seafood we are working with. Our friendly scup makes a delightful substitution when snapper or tilapia is unavailable or overpriced. We hope you find many ways to enjoy this slightly sweet finish as it makes its way to your fish markets, restaurants, home kitchens, and plate.

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Fishing Report – Weekend Recap – 7-31-23

The past weekend offered plenty of opportunities for all of our guests. Saturday’s trips from 8 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM showed a nice collection of Porgys, with everyone aboard leaving with a tasty dinner for the evening. We also started to spot some Trigger fish, adding to the variety of catches. Check out some of the photos from the weekend:

Unfortunately, our nighttime fishing from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM was a bit slower this weekend. However, we’re taking this as a challenge rather than a setback, and are out tonight with a small crowd to try our luck in a different area.

Looking ahead, we will continue with our regular schedules tomorrow. Day trips are from 8 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM, while our nightly sail is from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM. If you’re interested in a unique fishing experience under the starry night sky, come on down and join us.

To secure your spot, book your tickets at or reach out to Captain Tony at 646-413-1643 or Captain Anthony at 347-952-1442. Remember, private charters are also available for those seeking a more personalized experience.

We strive to provide a fulfilling fishing experience for all skill levels, from the seasoned angler to the enthusiastic beginner. Hop on board and make lasting memories with us in the serene waters of New York City.

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Fishing Report – July 16, 2023 – Great Catches

Today’s 8 AM trip provided good fishing for Porgys. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel the 2 PM trip. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Tomorrow, we’re back on track with both trips scheduled from 8 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM. If you’re looking to spend a day out on the water and reel in some impressive catches, be sure to join us!

Check out some of what we caught:


For those seeking a nighttime adventure, we’re also sailing tonight from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM. The night fishing experience offers a unique opportunity to catch different species and enjoy the tranquility of the waters under the moonlight.

One of the highlights of fishing with us is our fully air-conditioned cabin. Even during the hottest days, you can stay cool and comfortable while focusing on the thrill of catching fish. As the only fishing boat in Brooklyn with such amenities, we strive to make your fishing experience as enjoyable as possible.

Secure your spot on our upcoming trips by booking your tickets at or giving Captain Anthony a call at 347-952-1442, or Captain Tony at 646-413-1643. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner looking to try something new, we welcome everyone aboard for an exciting day of fishing in the beautiful waters of New York City.

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Fishing Report 7-14-23: JUMBO Porgies


Last night’s fishing trip was an absolute blast aboard the Marilyn Jean in New York City. We set sail from 7:30 PM until midnight and were thrilled to encounter a bountiful supply of JUMBO Porgys. Check out some of the catches below:

The tide was in our favor, and those who are experienced in fishing with the tide were in for a treat. The night’s fishing was a resounding success, with one lucky angler claiming an impressive 28 catches, becoming the envy of the boat as the high hook.

For those seeking a great night out, come visit us on our next Marilyn Jean Charter. Our air-conditioned cabin ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience, keeping you cool during the summer heat while you reel in the big ones. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-timer, our experienced captains, Anthony and Tony, will guide you every step of the way to ensure a memorable and rewarding fishing experience.

Don’t miss out on the action! Book your tickets now at or give Captain Anthony a call at 347-952-1442, or Captain Tony at 646-413-1643.

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About Eating Porgy: One of the Most Popular Fish in NYC

Improperly labeled as a bottom feeder of the East Coast, Porgy is quickly becoming a cornerstone for sustainable seafood. From fish and chips to poke, the Porgy has begun a transformation from the unwanted catch of the day to an undeniable boon as we look for better ways to harvest a livelihood from our planet.

Once referred to as bycatch, restaurants have already spent decades giving Porgy the wayward eye. Its ease to catch and overly populous presence in the ocean strangely became the Porgy’s best defense against the fishing boats and markets of America.

If it was that common and unremarkable, why would anyone want to eat it?

Because it tastes delicious.

Porgy’s inaccurate reputation as a common bottom feeder was misguided. More and more people are cooking up and grilling this abundant fish, and finding that it has an incredible taste when properly prepared. But its reputation also meant that it has largely been untouched. This has allowed the Porgy to remain in the eastern waters without much disruption, breeding and growing in numbers to the point where – during porgy season – you can catch mountains of them and barely touch the local populations.

Now, as we look for new farming strategies, Porgies give us a chance to pull from their population while schools of other seafood find opportunities to breed and repopulate. Sustainable fishing requires a balanced handling of the ocean’s ecosystem, and the Porgy have found their new part to play as we seek to improve our methods of ocean farming.

So, as we pursue a food industry founded in responsible consumption, many chefs are looking to this creature – once referred to as “trash fish,” – as a rising star of culinary cuisine. With a taste that rings with a slight sweetness and less oily texture than many other forms of seafood, Porgy makes a fantastic substitution for many recipes that often call for the dwindling numbers of white fish at our disposal, and can taste delicious in their own right when made the right way.


  • Porgy Poke by Chef Todd Mitgang: Poke isn’t just for ahi tuna anymore. The healthy and refreshing Hawaiian meal makes a perfect host for the Porgy, where it’s sweet texture is elevated by the mixture of cucumbers, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, scallions, and basil that are mixed amongst the sherry vinegar, spicy sesame and tamari soy sauce base.
  • Baked Porgy: Porgy also know how to be easy, baking to deliciously crispy finish in just about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. After cleaning and descaling the fish simply add the spice mixture on top of the Porgy before baking (be sure to save extra spice mixture for plating). The mix of onions, ginger, pepper, lemon, garlic, cilantro, and soy make a delightful seasoning that not only fill in the gaps of the Porgy’s flavor profile, but also utilizes its lower oil concentration to achieve crispy skin on the outside that is absolutely worth every crunch.
  • Chili-Rubbed Porgy: The Porgy isn’t done with the spices yet. A combination of onions, lime, butter, cilantro, Swiss chard, okra, and quinoa creates a bed for the Porgy that balances the meal. Like the baked variety, this pan-fried Porgy recipe also puts the delicious skin of the fish on display right where it belongs.
  • Fried Porgies: Last but certainly not least, Porgies know to the fish and chips concept and run with. Nothing fancy here, as we’re utilizing buttermilk, flour, cornmeal, old bay seasoning, salt, pepper, lemon juice and canola oil to fry up sweet little Porgies. With a low carb count on a fried meal, this is delightful guilt-free treat.

If you’re ready to go out on the water, catch porgies, and see why it is increasingly considered one of the most delicious fish to catch in NYC, contact Marilyn Jean Fishing, today.

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Views from the Boat – July 4th Fireworks on the Water

The Marilyn Jean is a fishing boat. We take guests out on the water, seeking out the best fishing spots in all of New York City, and making sure that most of those aboard the Marilyn Jean come home with at least a few delicious catches.

But July 4th is for fireworks, and the best way to watch the fireworks is out on the water. So we took guests out to see the fireworks from the most beautiful spots we could find. Take a look.

Don’t worry, we kept a bit of distance. But the views were still spectacular. If you’re ready to enjoy some amazing fishing, or have some other reason you want a night out on the water aboard the Marilyn Jean – with our air conditioned cabins and beautiful boat – contact us today.

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Fishing Report 6-29, 2023: More and More Porgies in NYC

Genuinely cannot get enough of the way the porgies are biting right now, and our guests feel the same way. Check out some of these incredible hauls, including by one of our little guests that managed to walk away with enough porgy to last the summer.

We’re killing it on the water these days, with trips both morning and night. Book your tickets right here on our website or call Capt. Anthony at 347 952 1442 or Capt. Tony at 646-413-1643 so we can save you and your group a spot.

Don’t forget that we now have AIR CONDITIONED CABINS! No reason to let the NYC heat hold you back. Come visit!