During the Spring, Captain Merritt White guides in Key West, Florida, one of the finest saltwater fly and light tackle fishing destinations in the world. Key West provides the perfect backdrop to pursue flats species such as bonefish, permit and tarpon. In the Summer, on Long Island, New York., Captain White fishes the shallow waters of Shinnecock, Peconic and Gardiner's Bays in search of bluefish and striped bass. During the Fall, also on Long Island, Captain White guides in Montauk, seeking the fabled North East "grand slam": bluefish, false albacore and striped bass. Captain Merritt White is a patient, fun loving guide who is eager to share his fishing knowledge and experience with novice and expert anglers alike.
Captain Merritt White
P.O. Box 148
Southampton, NY 11969
Captain Merritt White
P.O. Box 4138
Key West, FL 33041
Phone: (631) 243-8450
"I've fished with Captain Merritt White both in Montauk and Key West. He knows a lot about fishing and has taught me plenty! He is utterly fearless and will fight to the bitter end to get his clients onto fish. Best of all, he is a guy you like to be on a boat with!"
New York, N.Y.
Captain Merritt White, a native of Eastern Long Island, New York, comes from a long line of hunters and fishermen. He is a 1989 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a B.S. degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Captain White is a fully insured and U.S. Coast Guard licensed fishing guide. He has been guiding professionally on Long Island and in Key West, Florida for over ten years. Key West, Florida and places like the Marquesas (west of Key West) during the Spring months have some of the largest densities of permit and tarpon in the world. If you enjoy sightfishing in shallow, crystal clear waters in pursuit of the royalty of the gamefish universe, Key West has this and much more to offer dedicated fly fishing and light tackle anglers alike. I guide all angler skill levels from absolute novice to expert. I specialize in guiding for permit and tarpon.
"Gunkholing: The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go as far up and into the gunkholes as possible, seeking ever more inaccessible destinations."
"I have been out with a number of fishing guides over the years and Merritt ranks at the top of my list. His expertise and knowledge have always led to great days on the water."
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Some of the most beautiful, gin clear flyfishing waters in the Northeast are found on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. The classic sightfishing strategies that have been so successfully employed in the Florida Keys are now ever present here in the Hamptons in places like Shinnecock Bay in Southampton and Gardiner's Bay in East Hampton. During the Spring and Summer we will hunt for bluefish and striped bass as they feed in inches of water across bright, sandy, rock strewn flats. September through November signifies the annual Fall migration in the North East. As the days grow shorter and the surrounding waters begin to cool, bluefish, false albacore and striped bass feed with abandon on the myriad of bait that is being flushed out of the local bays and estuaries. Montauk, at the most eastern tip of Long Island's South Fork, becomes center stage for the Fall run.
"We wanted to thank you for the fabulous fly fishing trip out in Montauk for my son Kyle's 21st birthday! We were very impressed by your ability to find and catch stripers on the water's surface. Not only were you a great captain but also a fine coach and teacher! The trip exceeded our expectations with the ten 28" stripers we caught in the middle of the day!
Kyle & Thomas B.
New York, N.Y.