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January 25, 2021 - 15:35:55

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. JR reports there are plenty of cod to 25-pounds waiting to be caught when the weather cooperates. The boat will be sailing each Saturday and Sunday throughout February weather permitting. Aboard the Viking Fivestar, Capt. Steven Jr reports a great day of cod fishing with the boys from the James Joseph in mid-January. The crew started off in the dark with a steady pick of fish with a few shots of multiple fish on at once. From there they jumped around on some smaller pieces and picked a few fish everywhere they went. It was good to see fish spread around on different drops and a good amount of bait in the area. Capt. Steven Jr. says things are looking promising for this winter, we just need the weather to cooperate for us.

January 25, 2021 - 15:13:34

January 18, 2021 - 10:35:42

 The Viking Fleet of Montauk reports another tough week due to the wind. They did manage to get out Tuesday and that trip saw some good results. The boat had a steady pick at cod with a 13.2-pound fish winning the pool. Later in the day they ventured further offshore and picked away at both ling and cod to finish off the day. Call the office to book at 631-668-5700 or log onto vikingfleet.com to do so.

January 11, 2021 - 12:35:11

The Viking Fleet of Montauk reports limited windows of fishing with the weather but on Sunday they had a great showing of cod to 25 pounds on the Fivestar with some pollock mixed in. Call the office to book at 631-668-5700 or log onto vikingfleet.com to do so.

January 04, 2021 - 11:53:36

The Viking Fleet of Montauk didn’t sail this past week. Between the holiday and poor weather the boat stayed docked. Keep an eye on their schedule for upcoming sailing times. Also just a reminder that sea bass season is now closed and the fleet with be sailing for cod.

January 04, 2021 - 11:47:07

The Viking Fleet of Montauk didn’t sail this past week. Between the holiday and poor weather the boat stayed docked. Keep an eye on their schedule for upcoming sailing times. Also just a reminder that sea bass season is now closed and the fleet with be sailing for cod.

December 28, 2020 - 12:37:57

The Viking Fleet of Montauk had some trouble getting out last week due to the weather. Captain JR reports a tough day last Wednesday aboard the Viking Star. The weather was rough in the morning and only got nicer late in the day. It was a slow pick with few fish landed. They’re waiting for the weather to straighten out and get back out on the grounds. The pool was won by Brendan Farrell of Springs NY with a 7.5-pound cod. Keep an eye out for good weather windows.

December 21, 2020 - 11:03:20

Aboard the Viking Fleet, Capt. Dave reports the Viking Starship enjoyed good Block Island mix bag fishing whenever they were able to get out. Blackfish action remained solid right to the last day of the season, with cod, sea bass and scup all in the mix. By months end, the Starship did well with cod, sea bass, some, porgies, a lot of ling and big bergals. The Blackfish/Sea Bass/Cod trips aboard the Viking Star with Capt. JR saw good blackfish and sea bass fishing with some nice quality cod coming up right till the end. The Block Island Sea Bass/Blackfish/Cod trips with Capt. Steven Jr saw excellent days with boat limits of big blackfish with a lot of fish in the 8-10-pound range aboard the Viking Fivestar. The Viking Fivestar also made a couple of runs to the 30 to 50-mile wrecks finding slammer fishing with limits of jumbo sea bass, some cod, and loads of big ling. For the time being the Viking Fleet is at idle, however should there be a big body of cod showing up this month, the Viking Fleet will be ready to roll. For the time being, the Viking Fleet is at idle, however should there be a big body of cod showing up this month, the Viking Fleet will be ready to roll. Stay tuned to the latest fishing reports on The Fisherman website.

December 14, 2020 - 14:00:29

On the Viking Fleet Captain Dave reports a tough day aboard the Viking Starship during Friday’s trip. They had to go far to find them but everyone had a couple of sea bass and about a dozen porgies. There were also some cod and ling. Danny Ko from Brooklyn won the pool with a 2.5-pound porgy. Captain JR reports a good morning of blackfishing on the Viking Star Friday. Many anglers had their limit of togs. Offshore the sea bass fishing was off, but they had some really nice cod. One was 29.5 pounds and some other beauties in the teen size range. A new body of fish has definitely moved in. The first place blackfish and sea bass pool was won by Joe Novello from East Moriches with a 7.5-pound blackfish and a 2.5-pound sea bass. The cod pool was won by Alex Koch from Mattituck with the 29.5 pounder. Captain Steven Sr. reported an awesome day aboard the Viking Starlite Saturday. It was a Slam Dunk Full Boat Limit of Blackfish up to 10.5 pounds. They also had 20 keeper sea bass and about a dozen keeper cod and a handful of Boston mackerel in the mix. It was a very good charter. This was the last day of fishing on the Viking Starlite for its first season. On Sunday the 13th Captain Dave reports a good day on the Viking Starship. They started out the day close to Block Island and we had plenty of shorts chewing the lines. Then they took a long ride to deeper waters offshore and the size of the fish definitely improved. It was a slow pick of porgies and sea bass. Mixed in were ling and bergalls and the nicest green cod seen this season. The first place pool winner was Fidel Corea with a 3-pound porgy. The edible pool was won by Jose Lund of the Bronx with a 10-pound cod.

December 07, 2020 - 14:57:17

The Viking Fleet saw tough conditions last week. They sailed Thursday, December 3rd for Block Island jumbo porgies and knothead sea bass. Captain Dave reported a tough day on the Viking Starship. They had dirty water left over from the blow with a strong full moon tide and a wind driven current. The boat managed a handful of porgies and sea bass along with about 25 pollock that made the day! On Friday December 4th the boat sailed again for Block Island jumbos and knothead sea bass. Captain Dave reported a slightly better day on the Viking Starship. They had a lot of tide making for difficult conditions, but we had a few more fish with the water being cleaner today. Anglers managed a handful of porgies and sea bass. Keep an eye on their schedule for upcoming sailing dates.

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

The Viking Fleet has been sailing and catching plenty of fish. On Sunday November 29th the Viking Starship searched for Block Island jumbo porgies and knothead sea bass. They started off in deeper water with a steady pick of mostly sea bass with some nicer sized porgies. They traveled a bit east to shallower water and had a good pick of porgies with sea bass mixed in. Plenty of fish for everyone. At least 15 cod came over the rail and the largest was 22 pounds. That angler was not in the pool. More than a dozen pollock were brought in by anglers with all over 5 pounds. First place in the pool went to Miguel Mena of Mexico with a 3.5-pound porgy. Edible pool went to Fernando Almonte of Dominica with a 10-pound pollock. Captain Jr. reports another good day on the Viking Star. The morning blackfish bite was a little picky, but some anglers caught their limit. When they ventured offshore the sea bass fishing was red hot. Knothead sea bass coming over the rail at a fast pace. They also had some cod mixed in both inshore and offshore.

November 23, 2020 - 09:33:10

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave reports excellent fishing on Wednesday and Thursday with both days producing full boat limits of sea bass and porgies to 4.5-pounds. Only 3 cod made it aboard on Wednesday and 6 cod on Thursday. Saturday saw good fishing with a mixed bag of porgies, sea bass, cod, and pollack. Wednesday’s Ultra LTD Blackfish and Sea Bass special aboard the Viking Star with Capt. JR reports an excellent day with a boat limit of blackfish to 9.4-pounds, it was nonstop action all around the boat. The Star then headed offshore and finished the day putting some jumbo sea bass and cod in the boat to round out the catches. Saturday’s Ultra LTD blackfish and sea bass aboard the Viking Starlite with Capt. Steven Sr. reports excellent fishing with 80 to 100 keeper blackfish to 9 ½-pounds, with at least 150 shorts returned unharmed, a nice sea bass mix all day long, 7 cod, some pollack, bar jacks, and some porgies. It was a very productive day with anglers going home with full coolers. Saturday’s local cod and sea bass trip with Capt. JR reports an excellent day on the Viking Star with giant sea bass coming up all day with some cod on almost every drop. Most cod were larger teen-sized fish. Saturday’s Block Island sea bass/blackfish/cod trip aboard the Viking Fivestar with Capt. Steven Jr reports that they were able to put together a great day of fishing sending everyone home with a nice pile of fish. Togging was a steady pick all morning with a few sea bass and a couple cod in the mix. Later in the day a little ride offshore saw fares load up on nice sea bass to wrap up the day. The Viking Starship will continue sailing for Block Island jumbo porgies and sea bass departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. on a daily basis until December 31st. The Viking Fivestar has split charters for Block Island sea bass, blackfish, and cod trips through December 20th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Fivestar will also be sailing the 30 to 50-mile trips each Wednesday in December. Reservation are required for all trips by calling the office at (631) 668-5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com

November 16, 2020 - 09:31:22

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave reports excellent porgy fishing in the deep water, which the fishing has been better than it has been in quite a while, with porgies everywhere. Sea bass are also biting solidly with most fare catching their limit of keeper to jumbo biscuits. Some days sees as much as 20 keeper cod hitting the deck. Friday’s Block Island sea bass/blackfish/cod trip with Capt. Steven Jr reports that despite the wet and windy conditions, it was a great day of fishing on the Viking Fivestar fishing close to Block Island with excellent blackfishing and a steady pick of nice sea bass. All but a couple of guys had their tog limit and everyone had their sea bass limit. Saturday’s Ultra LTD Blackfish and Sea Bass special with Captain Steven Sr. reports Blackfishing was pretty tough due to the conditions. The strong moon tide made for some picky bites. They did have plenty of action but caught lots of shorts. Saturday’s local cod and sea bass trip with Capt. JR reports a good day of fishing in deep water with a nice shot of cod and tons of sea bass. The Viking Starship will continue sailing for Block Island jumbo porgies and sea bass departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. on a daily basis until December 31st. The Viking Star will continue chasing cod and sea bass each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Starlite is now targeting blackfish and sea bass, which will be limited to 20 anglers, each Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Fivestar has split charters for Block Island sea bass, blackfish, and cod trips starting on October 23rd through December 20th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. Reservation are required for all trips by calling the office at (631) 668-5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com

November 09, 2020 - 09:40:23

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave report the boat resumed fishing at Block Island on Wednesday finding good fishing despite numerous dogfish that would not leave fares alone during the first few hours of the trip. Dave had to work a little harder as the water was still a little muddy after the storm but perseverance paid off as by days end, everyone had their porgy and sea bass limits. Some cod to 20-pounds came up on almost every drop. The remainder of the week continued to produce good porgy fishing in shallow water close to Block Island while the deeper offshore waters south of Block produced plenty of sea bass to 5-pounds and Cod to 20-pounds. Dogfish weren’t much of a problem after Wednesday. Aboard the Viking Starlite, Friday’s Ultra LTD Blackfish and Sea Bass special with Capt. JR reports a good day with plenty of nice sea bass in the morning and a few cod mixed in. Later in the day some nice blackfish came the deeper water. It ended up being the best day so far on the tog grounds. Saturday’s run with Capt. JR reports an excellent day as most anglers had their limit of blackfish and all fares had their limit of sea bass and some cod mixed in on most drops. Aboard the Viking Fivestar, Capt. Steven Jr reports a good fishing on Friday on the 30 to 50-mile wrecks. It was slower action then last week, but still good enough to send fares home with big bags of fillets. Cod were caught on every drop with the biggest weighing in at 18-pounds, a load of quality sized sea bass and a load of ling. Saturday’s Block Island Seabass/Cod/Blackfish special aboard the Viking Fivestar with Capt. Steven Jr reports putting together another great day of bottom fishing around Block Island with a load of nice sea bass, a good shot of blackfish and a few cod. Blackfish showed some improvement resulting in a few guys getting their limit and some quality fish coming up Saturday’s Local Cod and Sea Bass trip with Capt. Derek reports a good trip on the Viking Star. It started out slow, then when they made a move it got much better with double and triple headers of sea bass coming over the rail. The Viking Starship will continue sailing for Block Island jumbo porgies and sea bass departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. on a daily basis until December 31st. The Viking Star will continue chasing cod and sea bass each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Starlite is now targeting blackfish and sea bass, which will be limited to 20 anglers, each Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Fivestar has split charters for Block Island sea bass, blackfish, and cod trips starting on October 23rd through December 20th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. Reservation are required for all trips by calling the office at (631) 668-5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com

November 02, 2020 - 15:58:28

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave reports good to excellent porgy fishing as the scup have been chewing their heads off with some sea bass from the shallow water by Block Island. Sea bass fishing has also been fair to excellent in the offshore waters by Block Island. The boat has to make several drops on the offshore grounds because once the dogfish smell the baits, they take over. All in all however, everyone usually have their limits of biscuits by days end. Some triggerfish find their way into buckets as well. The Block Island cod/sea bass/blackfish trips aboard the Viking Fivestar with Capt. Steven Jr. at the wheel reports great fishing with quality size sea bass to 6-pounds, market cod to 15-pounds, and quality blackfish with a handful between 8 and 10-pounds. By days end on most trips, everyone goes home with a nice load of fillets. Wednesday’s 30 to 50 Mile Wreck Trip saw slammer fishing on the Viking Fivestar with an easy limit of sea bass and a bunch of healthy cod on the offshore wrecks. Everyone on the boat had at least 3 cod and high hook having 10 keepers. Most of the sea bass were over the 5-pound mark. One basket on board was overflowing with only 12 sea bass in it. There were also a bunch of big ling and couple of scup in the mix as well. By popular demand, the Viking fleet will be adding Block Island cod/sea bass/blackfish trips every Thursday through the month of November. Aboard the Viking Starlite, the blackfish and sea bass trips with Capt. JR at the helm reports plenty of blackfish coming over the rails, but a lot of shorts mixed in with some keepers. Some cod and giant sea bass make up the bulk of the catch. As water temps continue to drop, the size of the blackfish should increase significantly. The local cod and sea bass trips aboard the Viking Star with Capt. Derek reports plenty of fish being caught and taken home this week with plenty of fares landing their limits of jumbo sea bass to 6-pounds and some cod to 12-pounds. The Viking Starship will continue sailing for Block Island jumbo porgies and sea bass departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. on a daily basis until December 31st. The Viking Star will continue chasing cod and sea bass each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Starlite is now targeting blackfish and sea bass, which will be limited to 20 anglers, each Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Fivestar has split charters for Block Island sea bass, blackfish, and cod trips starting on October 23rd through December 20th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. Reservation are required for all trips by calling the office at (631) 668-5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave reports excellent fishing on the Viking Starship in beautiful calm weather conditions this week as the fish bit great. A combo of scup, sea bass, and cod have been filling buckets and coolers. Aboard the Viking Star, Capt. JR reports the local sea bass and cod trips have seen multitudes of sea bass with cod mixed in. Cod pool winners included Ron Johnson from with a 13.5-pound cod. Wednesday’s trip started with excellent sea bass fishing inshore. Later in the morning the Star headed further offshore limiting on sea bass and some genuinely nice cod. The offshore grounds saw an improvement with the size of cod as the pool winner went to a 15.5-pounder. Saturday’s run with Capt. Derek was a good one. The morning started off slow with no drift and only a couple of nice sea bass, however the final move was a success, with a nice pick of jumbo sea bass and 20 or so cod. Everyone ended the day with their limit of sea bass, a few large scup and if lucky enough even a cod or two. Wednesday’s Ultra Ltd Blackfish and Sea Bass trip with Capt. Steven Sr aboard the Viking Starlite reports that the first couple of drops had some blackfish and a nice shot of sea bass. The water is still a little too warm for the blackfish resulting in a slower bite, so it was off to offshore sea bass land and boy we they rewarded with phenomenal sea bass fishing putting together nearly a full boat limit. They then headed back to take another shot at the blackfish putting another dozen keepers along with more sea bass and a nice shot of cod to end the day. All in all it was a fantastic day of fishing. Saturday experienced a great day with a lot of blackfish action but unfortunately the size was a bit of an issue. So they headed to deeper water and caught a multitude of jumbo sea bass. Several of the deeper drops also yielded some beautiful codfish. Saturday’s Block Island cod/sea bass/blackfish trip aboard the Viking Fivestar with Capt. Steven Jr reports a great first trip down to Block Island with a load of quality sea bass, a handful of cod and blackfish. It was great action on sea bass to start the day with a few cod popping up on every drift. Later in the day it was off to Blackfishing with tough conditions with a big ground swell, however fares were able to pick away at a few to wrap up the day. The Viking Starship will continue sailing for Block Island jumbo porgies and sea bass departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. on a daily basis. The Viking Star will continue chasing cod and sea bass each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Starlite is now targeting blackfish and sea bass, which will be limited to 20 anglers, each Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday’s departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. The Viking Fivestar has split charters for Block Island sea bass, blackfish, and cod trips starting on October 23rd through December 20th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing at 5 A.M. and returning at 3 P.M. Reservation are required for all trips by calling the office at (631) 668-5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com

462 West Lake Drive
Montauk, NY 11954
phone: 631-668-5700
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Capt. Paul G Forsberg’s Viking Fleet was founded by his father, Carl Forsberg in 1936 and originally resided in Freeport, New York. It wasn’t until 1951, when Paul was 12 years old, that the fleet and Forsberg clan relocated on Montauk. An ambitious young salt, Paul was already running his own 24 foot boat at this early age and worked in various commercial fisheries from 1951 to 1957. In 1957 Paul was 18 years old and firmed his maturation to adulthood by obtaining his 100 ton master captains license. Utilizing this credential, he operated his own charter boat till 1959 when he decided to become involved in the summer party boat fishing business. He maintained this role of party boat captain till 1991 and worked on commercial draggers during the winter. Today, the Viking Fleet is a year-round operation consisting of three party boats, one high speed ferry, one commercial fishing vessel, one cruise vessel and the newly launched Viking Fivestar. It is the largest, most diversified privately owned fishing fleet in the northeast.