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Finding the fish is half the battle but where do you start? Let The Fisherman help narrow your search with the following hot spot reviews. Each honey hole is covered in detail to reveal the best seasons, times and tides for our most popular species. Maps, tips and insights from our expert fishing staff help pin-point the best of the action in your area so you'll be there with the right lures, bait and gear when the bite is ready to explode.



THE BRANFORD BEACON, CT

Whether you're a bait fisherman or a jigging enthusiast, the structure and drop-offs here offers a wide variety of angling action. Read more »

JONES BEACH PIERS, NY

Nestled between the Meadowbrook and Wantagh bridges, these fishing piers sit amidst some of the most productive water on Long Island. Read more »

NORTH & SOUTH RIVERS, SCITUATE, MA

Rivers like the North and South ones in Scituate, Massachusetts, are prime areas to target striped bass, some topping 50 pounds. Read more »

BLACK BANKS, NY

The Black Banks offers solid bottomfishing, plus plenty of stripers throughout the season. Read more »

THE SALEM CANAL, NJ

Camp out the Salem Canal and put your trolling motor on full power for a chance to catch some quality Jersey bucketmouths. Read more »

PONQUOGUE PIER AND BRIDGE, NY

Both boaters and shore anglers converge on this productive piece of fishing real estate throughout the fishing season. Read more »

NEW HAVEN FLUKE, CT

Within close proximity to several boat ramps and sitting in protected waters, these Connecticut grounds are a flattie fisherman's paradise. Read more »

SMITH POINT BRIDGE, NY

With fast currents and an ample bait supply, anglers can expect to find flounder, stripers, blues, porgies, fluke and even a few blackfish here. Read more »

BREWSTER FLATS, MA

Where the shallows meet the deep here, linesiders lie in wait to ambush anglers' offerings. Read more »

SHOREHAM PIPELINE, NY

This popular Long Island Sound blackfish haunt also provides fast action with porgy, striped bass, bluefish, fluke and false albacore. Read more »

NEWTON ROCK, JAMESTOWN, RI

Sometimes the best fishing holes are the ones right in front of you. Read more »

URI BAY CAMPUS, NARRAGANSETT, RI

The Bay Campus area is known for holding chopper bluefish and sizeable striped bass throughout the season.  Read more »

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