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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.



GOOSEBERRY POINT

They told me they wanted to fish an isolated location, away from the contested waters from Watch Hill to Long Island where access was either limited or non-existent. Read more »

HEROD POINT SHOAL

Located on the north shore of Long Island, between Shoreham to the west and Baiting Hollow to the east, the Herod Point Shoal is approximately a 4.5-mile stretch of fishing paradise that produces throughout the season. Read more »

LONG SAND SHOAL, CT

It doesn’t require much imagination to guess how Long Sand Shoal earned its descriptive name. Stretching 6 miles from its east-end bell to its west-end gong, Long Sand Shoal spans the towns of Old Saybrook and Westbrook, Connecticut, and its midpoint rests 1-1/2 miles south of Cornfield Point. Read more »

MAGNOLIA PIER, LONG BEACH

Located at 700 Magnolia Blvd. in Long Beach, Magnolia Pier is an “L” shape designed structure approximately 300 feet in total length jutting out into Reynolds Channel. Read more »

MANSFIELD HOLLOW, MANSFIELD, CT

Mansfield Hollow Lake is located within Mansfield Hollow State Park in Connecticut and is a popular year-round destination for anglers from across New England. Read more »

NORMAN J. LEVY PARK FISHING PIER

The pier is located in the unique environs of Hempstead Town’s Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, an environmentally friendly wildlife sanctuary spread over 55 acres on the South Shore’s Merrick Bay. Read more »

SANDS POINT PARK

March 1 cannot pull in soon enough! That’s the train of thought among those familiar with the early spring striper fishery in Ocean County’s Oyster Creek, particularly in the outflow section as the warmed water wends its way to Barnegat Bay. Read more »

SOUTH BEACH, FIRE ISLAND

I’m always amazed that there are still surf fishermen out there who spend little or no time on the backsides of our South Shore barrier beaches. Read more »

THE BREACH: THE NEW OLD INLET

When hurricanes and superstorms such as Superstorm Sandy wreak havoc along the coast of the Northeast, the result is more often than not, devastating. Read more »

THE FENCE

Not exactly a pinpoint hot spot, but a regular dockside reference for a couple of hundred miles down a razor’s edge on the three-mile line. Read more »

THE KLONDIKE

Roughly 5-1/2 miles off the coast between Manasquan and Shark River inlets, the Klondike (40 08.956/73 54.565) is an easily accessible, bottom fisherman friendly paradise. Rumor has it that its name was spawned from finding a “gold mine” of how many fish it always produced in the old days. Read more »

THE WAQUOIT JETTY, MASHPEE, MA

Located on Cape Cod in the town of Mashpee, the Waquoit jetty juts southward into the blue waters of Nantucket Sound. Read more »

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