Halfback Charters

Halfback Charters does not need much introduction. With multiple awards to its name, including the world’s biggest Blue Shark (an IGFA record at 15 ft and 528 lbs), this is a charter service that knows how to put you on the very best fish in Montauk’s seas. Fish with them, and you will be with people who know what good fish - and good service - is all about.

The Halfback II is a 39’ Hatteras Express that has recently been repowered and features a complete range of new electronics to find the best fishing spots. A modern, high speed sport fishing boat, she will get you to the fish quickly and safely. Relax as you travel to and from the fishing grounds - the boat’s upgraded seating and bathroom complete with running water will ensure you are comfortable throughout the journey. And you will not need to risk being let down by faulty fishing gear on your vacation - this boat is loaded with top quality gear by well-known brands such as Shimano, Penn, and Diawa.

Each trip goes out under the guidance of experienced captain Art Cortes and a professional mate. Even if you have never fished in your life, there will be someone on hand at all times to make sure you have the best possible experience on the water. And if you are a pro, you will appreciate the crew’s impressive knowledge of the local fishery. Let this be your chance to catch a famous Montauk Shark, or hook into a big Striped Bass for the fight - and the meal - of your life.

Whatever the season, Halfback Charters will give you an exceptional time on the water out of Montauk. With 80 percent of their business being from repeat customers, discover why it is that once you go Halfback, you will never look back.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Overnight Canyon Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Day Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Oct 1 (Lun, Mar, Mie, Jue, Vie)
    $4,500
    up to 6 persons / day
    Weather permitting, 4 person max.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day – Extreme Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $2,500
    up to 6 persons
    A long range trip up to 60 miles, fishing the canyons for Shark and Tuna, as well as Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi). These trips are weather dependent! Weekdays are better for these trips, per Halfback Charters' schedule flexibility.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 10
    $1,600
    up to 6 persons
    A Saturday or Sunday offshore trip up to 25 miles, fishing for Shark and Tuna
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 10
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    We are fast enough to multi task and fish different species on your inshore trip, targeting species such as Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, and more. Modify your start time as long as it does not conflict with another trip on that day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 10
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    A morning trip fishing the local inshore waters for Striped Bass and more. Departure time is flexible as long as it does not conflict with another trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 10
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    An afternoon trip fishing the local waters of Montauk for species such as Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke. Departure time is flexible if it does not conflict with another trip.
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About the Captain

Arthur Cortes
Montauk, Nueva York, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
31 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Febrero 2017
I grew up in Commack long island and raised a family in Port Jefferson. Fishing quickly became a passion and I found out Montauk was where the fish were. In 1990 I moved to Montauk to pursue my passion, which has always been the ocean and sport fishing. I've been living in Montauk sport fishing for 27 years. I own a home here and I'm a full time resident. I spend winters in South Florida. Fishing the Keys and Pine Island Sound on the west coast of Florida. Snook redfish trout and tarpon. I have fished year round for 27 years. Truly living my dream. America is the land of boundless opportunities!

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)

Shark (Thresher) Shark (Thresher)
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Hatteras Express (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1997, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
PayPal
Mastercard

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
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Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Joseph G.
New York, NY
 5.00
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Doesn't get better than this!

VERIFIED   Julio 1, 2019
Captain Art is a true professional, and if there are fish out there, he’s gonna catch them! I took my girlfriend...
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Chad S.
Spring Grove, PA
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Our best fishing trip so far

VERIFIED   Agosto 30, 2019
Captain Art was tremendous.  The day we did our trip was the 1st mate Marco’s 2nd day working with Art.  That...
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Mike C.
The Bronx, New York
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   Octubre 13, 2019
I fish with Artie several Trips a year since 1993, we always catch fish, The Capt. and Crew work the hardest and take fishing...
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Nicolas P.
Brooklyn, NY
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Off and Inshore Day Trip

VERIFIED   Julio 31, 2019
My son wanting to catch a shark and Captain put us right in the middle of them all! He was accommodating to my son showing...
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Patrick B.
East Hampton, NY
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Half day with Captain Art - FANTASTIC!

VERIFIED   Agosto 3, 2019
Art got us to where the fish were!  Lots of other boats around but we seemed to get most of the action.  Caught more...
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