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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.



PALMER RIVER, MA WHITE PERCH

He was nervous but polite as he attempted to stuff the bucket full of white perch into the bed of his beat-up truck. Read more »

THE NEW HAVEN, CT BREAKWALLS

New Haven Harbor is a triangular, four-mile-long bay. Three large manmade breakwaters define the harbor to the south and are accessible only by boat. These awesome structures can provide good action for early-season blackfish. Read more »

THE OXBOW, NORTHAMPTON, MA

The Oxbow is an extension of the Connecticut River located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Read more »

THE TENNIS COURTS AT SHARK RIVER-BELMAR, NJ

March is a lean month in the salty brine, except for the fat black-backed winter flounder foraging the mud flats. Read more »

HOG NECK BAY

When anglers talk about fishing the Peconics, you hear locations like Robins Island, South Ferry, Jessups, Greenlawns and the Brickyard. These are all bonafide hot spots that produce a variety of species throughout the season. Read more »

LAUREL LAKE

As winter begins its strangle hold on Long Island, many anglers look to shows and the occasional offshore adventure in search of cod, pollock, and other wreck species. There is another viable option that will offer steady action, and a lot of fun on the freshwater side of Long Island – Laurel Lake. Read more »

MATINECOCK POINT

If you look at a chart of western Long Island Sound, it clearly reveals Matinecock Point as one of the most prominent points jutting into the Sound. Read more »

ROBERT MOSES BACKSIDE SURF

There are several miles of shoreline stretching from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the backside of Democrat Point, and most of it has the potential to produce fish at one time or another. Read more »

ATLANTIC CITY INLET JETTY SYSTEM

Located at 39.22’ 17.99” N and 74.24’ 45.85” W these fish holding structures are worth the gamble. Read more »

BARTLETT REEF

Located less than .5 nautical mile south of Pleasure Beach in Waterford, CT, and extremely hazardous in a dense fog, Bartlett Reef is a nearly 2-nm-long, tide-swept strip of boulders and ledge. It’s also a very fishy place. Several years ago, I had an amazing experience here. Read more »

CHOLERA BANKS

Located 10 miles south of Jones Inlet, the Cholera Banks were famous a half-century ago for incredible codfishing. Read more »

FRISBEES

The south side of Montauk is known for producing quality fluke and sea bass, and one of the best areas to find double digit fluke and sea bass approaching state record size is a piece of bottom known as Frisbees. Read more »

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