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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 CHICKEN CANYON

The story goes that the Chicken Canyon was named for offshore guys who were too “chicken” to make the run all the way out to the Hudson Canyon. At roughly 56 miles out of Manasquan Inlet, the Chicken Canyon is a solid spot to stop and fish exclusively, or on the way out or back from the Hudson Canyon, not only because of its deep cut and ledgy makeup, but in that the triple threat of the Bidevind, Texas Tower and Bacardi are only a short run east of the spot if you need to make a move.

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THE COIMBRA

Built in 1937, the 423-foot oil tanker Coimbra was destined for duty shipping hundreds of thousands of barrels of fuel oil across the Atlantic for as many years as the Socony Vacuum Oil Company could get from the newly built ship. Then, during the wee hours on the morning of January 15, 1942 just before her fifth birthday, a torpedo fired from the German sub U-123 hit her amidships, exploding the Coimbra’s cargo of 81,000 barrels of fuel into a giant ball of flames, and killing all but six crew members in the disaster. Read more »

THE OREGON WRECK

On March 14, 1886 the 500 plus foot British passenger liner the Oregon met her fate when she collided with a schooner, most likely the Charles R Morse, and sunk approximately 15 miles south of Moriches Inlet.

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BALLSTON BEACH, TRURO, MA

As I eased my truck into the last available spot in the parking lot located at the end of South Pamet road, my heart began to race as visions of past tides rushed through my mind. Read more »

CERBERUS SHOAL

Anglers looking for an edge along the very eastern end of the South and North Forks for ground fish and gamesters, will find Cerberus Shoal to be that place, weather permitting, throughout spring, summer and fall. Read more »

CORSONS INLET

Splitting the towns of Strathmere and Ocean City at its southern tip, Corson’s Inlet’s inflow and outflow attracts all possible saltwater gamefish to run through its sometimes rippy, other times, placid waters. Read more »

GREAT EGG HARBOR RIVER

When John Christian shattered the New Jersey state freshwater striped bass record in 2002 with a behemoth 51-pound cow, the venue it was dragged from didn’t really take anyone by surprise - at least those familiar with the Great Egg Harbor River in Atlantic County. Read more »

MARY’S POND, ROCHESTER, MA

Mary's Pond is a modest-but-popular little trout fishing hotspot that is a favorite destination among many of the locals in southeast Massachusetts. Read more »

MERRIMACK RIVER MOUTH, MA

In May, the bait-rich Merrimack River is home to a number of diverse fishing environments all accessible to the shore-bound angler. From quiet marshes to open beaches, jetties and strong river currents, the Merrimack has something for everyone. Read more »

SMITHTOWN BAY

Tucked between the LIPA stack and Cranes Neck Point in Long Island Sound, Smithtown Bay comes to life once the sand eels settle into their spring ritual of burrowing into the bay’s sandy shoals. Read more »

TOWNSHEND LEDGE, CT

Townshend Ledge is a semi-pork-chop-shaped, half-mile-long reef located about 2-1/2 miles southeast of the New Haven Harbor breakwalls and about 3-1/2 miles southwest of Branford Harbor off the central Connecticut coast. Read more »

LITTLE SEBAGO LAKE

Little Sebago Lake is located within the towns of Windham and Gray in southeast Maine. A modest, pristine little sister to its larger, more famous sibling to the northwest, Read more »

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