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"Itís 3:50 a.m., your sipping hot coffee while your bleary eyes scan the dark oceanfront. Your body curses you for its lack of sleep. The waves are pounding the open beach as the northeast wind is howling at your back. You put on your heavy equipment, grab your rod and head into the rushing ocean. A quick cast of your lure into the suds, and you smile for just a moment as your rod suddenly jerks downward. You're in, the fight begins, you realize you're now a Long Island surfcaster, and life is good". Steve Knapik, 2002

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Fish the early morning open beaches of Long Island's South Shore

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Steve Knapik Licensed Surf Fishing Guide NYSDEC # 4321

With over 35 years experience as a surfcaster, Steve Knapik, a Licensed & Insured New York State D.E.C. Fishing Guide (# 4321) since 2003, will provide a safe, professional and courteous trip. Learn how to toss plugs, bucktails and eels or sling a few bunker chunks for a night of bait fishing. Bucktailing South Shore Inlets and Jetties is one of his specialties. Most trips are fished on the tides during the pre-dawn or post dusk hours! Casting lessons provided for Novice Surfcasters included. If required tackle includes (Flashlight, Rod, Reel, Lures & Bait). In addition Steve has been a NYS Licensed R.N. since 1981, has American Red Cross certifications in CPR, First Aid, Basic Water Rescue, prior training in (ACLS)Advanced Cardiac Life Support as well as other advanced Medical, Surgical and healthcare training.

He is a member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, the Striper Surf Club (President 2005 & 2006), the American Littoral Society Fish Tagging Program, the N.Y.S.D.E.C. Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program, Long Island Beach Buggy Association, the Seaford Lions Club, the Montauk Surfcasters Association and the New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. Steve competes in the season long New York State Surf Fishing Contest, sponsored by NYS & the Fisherman magazine he finished in 8th place out of 183 anglers during 2004 season. In 2012 Steve won 1st place for the largest Striped Bass (32.26 pounds) in the Ken Karwick Memorial Long Island Beach Buggy Association year long fishing contest. In 2014 Steve won 3rd place for Striped Bass (30.76 pounds) out of 125 anglers in the "Surf Rats Ball" surf fishing contest hosted by fishing guide Bill Wetzel. In 2016 Steve won 2nd place for Striped Bass (33.0 pounds) in the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) Ken Karwick Memorial Fishing Contest.

Steve's guide service is part-time in nature, his real full-time job is the Transplant Senior Specialist - Living Kidney Donor Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center and past Executive Director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island @ North Shore/ LIJ Health Systems. When he is not working or fishing he enjoys spending his time with his wife Lorraine and visiting his 2 stepsons and the 4 young grandkids.

Steve is the author of "Long Island Jetty Fishing 101" pdf format (Click Here for Adobe PDF reader) "Long Island Jetty Fishing 101" ms word format article that appeared in the summer 2005 issue of the "New York Outdoor Quarterly" magazine. Click Here pdf format to download article.

"2004 Lamiglas Tri Flex CSB1201M Field Test " "2008 Lamiglas Super Surf Series 1201MHS Field Test"

"Taping Your Reel to Your Rod " "Keeping Pork Rinds Fresh" "Repair your Broken Surf Rod" (Video)

"How to Repair your Kokatat Dry Top Neck and Wrist Gaskets"

"Save those Korkers"

The Fisherman Magazine March 2015: "Fishing and Sleep Deprivation" PDF file

2017 Rates* (May - November )

South Shore - Beaches, Back Bay's, Bridges, Inlets & Jetties (1 Angler) Minimum 3hrs. ($125.00), (4 Hrs. $160.00) (6Hrs. $200.00)

South Shore - Beaches, Back Bay's, Bridges, Inlets & Jetties 2 Anglers $150.00 for 3 hours, (4hrs. $ 180.00) (6Hrs. $240.00)

Montauk Point (1Angler) Minimum 3 hrs, ($175.00) ( 4 hrs. $220.00), (6Hrs. $285.00)

Montauk Point (2 Anglers) Minimum 3 hrs, ($190.00) (4 hrs. $255.00), (6Hrs. $320.00)

* Must be willing and able to walk long distances of 1 mile or more with equipment, have good balanced footing in areas of rocky shorelines or jetties and be willing to wade out into thigh high water at night. Metal Cleated soles (Korkers) are a must for any charter fishing rocky shorelines or jetties.

All charters are expected to wear their own chest high waterproof waders with secure wading belt around their waist a pullover dry top and appropriate foot wear and or Korkers.


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For more information: Call Steve Knapik at 516-721-7595 or by email, Steve@tiderunner.com or Alternate email : SteveKnapik@verizon.net

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"Windy Fall Day on the Jetty"

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Steve Knapik with a decent jetty caught Striped Bass

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One Striped Bass for the dinner table (caught on bucktails)

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Can't beat the view

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Jim from Fayetteville, Georgia with his first Striped Bass and Bluefish while fishing Tobay Beach, NY 2005 (All fish released)

Waders, Belt, Flashlight, Custom Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Van Staal 250B Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

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A couple of charters Surf Fishing Montauk for the first time (2005)

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Learn how to fish with Darters, Eels, Bucktails and Needlefish

Enjoy the solitude and the challenge of fishing at night in waist high water while catching Bluefish and Striped Bass

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Night Surf Fishing Montauk Point for Bluefish and Striped Bass!

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(First Time Surf Fishing)

West Point Cadet Lieutenants Jed Nowak & Matt Heid taking a break from the U.S.M.A. to fish Montauk Point, 2007

Wader Belts, Jackets, Flashlights, Korkers, Custom Lamiglas Rods, Lures and Penn Spinfisher 706Z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

Steve,
Thanks for a great trip. I really hope that we do it again sometime". Respectfully,Matthew P Heid Cadet Lieutenant West Point '08, A1

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(First Time Surf Fishing)

Jason Vittore catches his first keeper bass on a yellow SS Darter while fishing Montauk Point, 2007 for the first time.

Waders, Belt, Jacket, Flashlight, Korkers, Custom Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Penn 706Z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

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(First Time Surf Fishing) & Standing Guard

Brothers, Matt & Mike Magne Surf Fishing Montauk Point, October 2007

Waders, Belt, Jacket, Flashlight, Korkers, Custom Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Penn 706Z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

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(First Time Surf Fishing)

Mike Magne with a 14 pound Striped Bass (released) while fishing Montauk Point, NY October 2007 for the first time.

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Licensed Fishing Guides Steve Knapik & Jim Coucoulas with a pair of jetty caught Striped Bass, May 2008

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Surf Fisher David Herzka hits the Long Island South Shore beaches learning to use the Gibbs Canal Pencil Popper! June 25, 2009

Wader Belt, Jacket, Flashlight, Custom made Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Van Staal 250B Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

"Had a great time, really learnt alot. Thanx again. Hope to fish with u again soon". All the best,
David Herzka

 

Young surf fishers Matt, Michael & Jack hit the suds of Montauk Point! May 29, 2010

Wader Belt, Flashlight, Custom made Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Van Staal 250B & Penn 706z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

Knapik handles a small striper on a bucktail while bridge fishing May, 2010

Practice conservation by releasing a small striper, May, 2010

Steve,
"I wanted to thank you for a great day of fishing. The body is a little sore but I am feeling uplifted. It was a great day. I appreciated the extra time you gave and the attention to safety. I plan to stay in touch". Thanks again.
Dr. S. A., PhD September 11, 2010

Got Wetsuit? Joe Brendel with 10.86 pound Bluefish

Fishing Guides(wetsuits)Steve Knapik and Jim Coucoulas with Joe Brendel who took 2nd place in the 2010 Montauk Fall Surf Classic with a 10.86 pound Bluefish

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Thousands of anchovies invade Montauk Point's north side on a cool October 2010 night.

Photo was taken by Steve with his underwater camera during a "Fall Run" night of Striped Bass fishing.

Enrique Matta and Daniel Scheulov from Washington, D.C. flank Steve Knapik for a FOGGY night of Montauk Surf fishing May 28, 2011

Wader Belts, Aqua Skinz Jacket, Korkers, Custom made Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Van Staal 250B Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

Striped Bass at our local South Shore Bridges, June 11, 2011

Lisa E. of Farmingville, NY taking surfcasting lessons at world famous Montauk Point October, 2011

Wader Belt, Jacket, Custom made Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Penn 704z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

Chris M. and Vinny A. pick away at cocktail Bluefish near Jones Beach May 19, 2012

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Steve Knapik giving instructions to his charter about fishing Montauk's rocky "south side" in the evening hours.

Daytime Fishing Montauk's South Side Rocks

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(L) First time out jetty fishing Joe Brendel nails a 15 pound Striped Bass

(R) Mark Vittore with a Jetty caught Striped Bass

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Steve cleans & filet's a Striped Bass for his client's dinner! (Montauk 2007)

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First time out surf fishing the South Shore Mark Vittore (L) nails his first Striped Bass @ 14 pounds on a bucktail with Steve Knapik (r)

Waders, Wader Belt, Jacket, Flashlight, Korkers, Custom Lamiglas Rod, Lures and Penn Spinfisher 706Z Reel was provided by Tiderunner.Com LLC Guide Service

Tom Harrington with a 14, 17 pound & a 22 pound bass caught on diamond jigs & bucktails (released) November 3, 2013

New Jersey resident Andrew Lin with a November 9, 2013 South Shore Striper

New Jersey residents Andrew and David along with Steve Knapik after a cold November 9, 2013 night

hunting Striped bass on the South Shore

32 Pound Striped Bass June 9, 2012 Montauk, NY

Montauk Striped Bass @ 30.76 Pounds - June 28, 2014

Montauk Striped Bass @ 32.50 Pounds - July, 2015

Montauk Striped Bass @ 33.00 Pounds - July, 2016

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Mark Vittore with Steve Knapik surf fishing Montauk Point's sandy/gravel beach @ Turtle Cove

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"The Back Bay Grand Slam"

Striped Bass 16pounds, Tiderunner Weakfish 9 pounds and Bluefish 8 pounds

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Back Bay beauty

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Montauk Point White Water

"Fall Run" @ Montauk Point, NY

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Jetty white water with a hard southwest wind

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HUGE South Shore ground swells

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