Capt Barry Kohlus

PO Box 49

Montauk NY 11954

631 668 5405

"Charter fishing in Montauk since 1961"

41' Hatteras Sportfisherman

Twin Cummins Diesels

Up to Date Electronics

Tackle for All Types of Sportfishing

Capacity - 6 Passengers or Less


Sailing from  Star Island Yacht Club














The VENTURE is a clean, fast and comfortable 41' Hatteras, designed and built for sportfishing in the rough seas, that are the rule rather than the exception, off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is ideally suited for fishing in the Northeast. it is full equipped with up to date electronics and multi-varied types of tackle and equipment that are neccessary for an efficient and effective sportfishing program. 




    Capt. Barry Kohlus is one of Montauk's second generation charterboatmen, who has spent his entire adult life, except for a stint in the army, fishing. His father, Boots, moved his family from Valley Stream to Greenport in 1948, after selling his gas station and house and having the first VENTURE built. The VENTURE, a forty two foot downeast type boat was run as a charter boat out of Greenport, and occasionally out of Montauk until 1955, when Boots finally moved his boat and family full time to Montauk.   

    Barry's first job out of high school was as a mate on Capt Wally Droebecker's SKIP II in 1961. For the next twenty-two years, Barry worked as a mate either for his father on the VENTURE, his father's second boat the VENTURE II with Capt Fred Thompson, or for Capt Frank Pike on the LEATHERNECK.

   Winters were spent fishing in Dania Florida with his father, until the expenses involved in moving the boat back and forth made the business unprofitable. But instead of remaining in Montauk for the winters, Barry took over as captain on the CHEVY WON, a private boat that also doubled as a charter boat. His reputation fishing for sailfish eventually won him the job of captain on the PENADE, a private boat that specialized in tournament fishing. While running the PENADE Barry won the prestigious Masters Angling Tournament two years running, in 1988 and 1989. The Masters was one of the first catch and release type tournaments. Its winner was determined by a complicated scoring system that rewarded the angler with points for the fastest catch time on sailfish that had to be fought using a maximum sixteen pound test line, and fought from a dead boat using barbless hooks.

   In the early 80's Boots decided he wanted to retire and Barry gradually took over his father's business, running the boat as captain one day a week, adding an additional day each year until eventually taking over the job full time. It was during this transition time, that the present VENTURE . A full winter was spent restoring the boat before it was deemed suitable to be run as a charter boat here in Montauk.

   Barry currently operates the VENTURE out of the Star Island Yacht Club.



Capt Barry Kohlus

PO Box 49

Montauk NY 11954

631 668 5405





Full Day  - Extended Day

Sharks - Tuna - Dolphin (Mahi) - Wahoo - Billfish


Full Day or Half Day

Striped Bass - Bluefish - Fluke Seabass - Blackfish & Others
























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MBCA Striped Bass

Tournament Record

2004 - 2nd & 3rd Place

2003 - 2nd Place           

2002 - 1st & 3rd Place

2000 - 1st & 2nd Place

1999 - 1st & 3rd Place

1998 - 1st Place