Information about NYS 4×4 fishing
I enjoy surfcast fishing at Sore Thumb and Democrat Point here on the South Shore beach by West Islip
Here is some information you will need if you wish to go.
You need a NYS 4×4 Beach access permit
A Recreational Fishing license for everyone in your vehicle who is over 16 years of age. http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54950.html
Permits can be purchased at: Robert Moses State Park, Belmont Lake State Park, & Montauk Downs (golf course).
Dates Of Sale: January 2, to March 31 and then
Tues. After Labor Day to Dec. 31
The NYS permit allows access to the following outer beaches: Gilgo *(Currently closed due to erosion), Cedar (Sore Thumb area), Robert Moses (Democrat Point), Napeague, Hither Hills, and Montauk Point.
You must have fishing pole and tackle, Recreational Fishing Permit, shovel, tow chain or rope, a working jack with support board, tire gauge and approved tires, appropriate spare tire , Porta Potty and a trash bag.
You do not need the equipment when applying for the permit, but they will revoke this permit if you are caught on the beach without it!
Park Rangers do spot checks.
I’d also suggest a Flashlight, Air Compressor, First Aid Kit and a Fire Extinguisher.
I also use Automatic Tire Deflators for airing down. I usually air down to about 20 PSI.
These are Carry in Carry out parks. Nothing enrages me more than to see trash bags tied to the snow fences, and trash on the beach….
There is no trash collection, Bring your trash home !!
Air Pressure Gauge – min. 5psi
Air Pump (recommended not required )
Air hose with adapters
Lug Wrench (recommended not required )
Tow Rope or Chain
Flashlight (recommended not required )
First Aid Kit
My girls with me at Sore Thumb many years ago
4 wheel drive beach access guide available here