About Captain Art

Captain Art from the Halfback

About Captain Art

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 28 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 28 years. Truly living my dream. America is the land of boundless opportunities!

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 is a 35 ft Viking 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. 

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    516-313-0784

  • Halfback Charters
    Montauk, New York

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About Us

The Halfback with Captain Art have been fishing Montauk, NY waters since 1990

What we fish for

  • STRIPED BASS FISHING
  • SEA BASS FISHING
  • MAKO FISHING
  • FLUKE / FLOUNDER FISHING
  • HAMMERHEAD SHARK FISHING
  • BLACKFISH/TAUTOG FISHING
  • THRESHER SHARK FISHING
  • TUNA FISHING
  • PORGY FISHING
  • MAHI MAHI FISHING
  • YELLOWFIN TUNA FISHING

Dock Location


Halfback Charters
59 Star Island Road
Montauk, New York
11954