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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.


A chunk of bottom that remains a mystery lying 20 miles out of Fire Island Inlet has become known as the Linda wreck (N 40.22.524/W 073.00325) which sits on a clean piece of sandy bottom, situated upright in 135 to 140 feet of water. Read more »


Sail approximately 13 miles southeast of Moriches Inlet to the coordinates above and you’ll be sitting smack over the Miller Wreck, which is the remains of a long ago sunken tug boat. No one seems to know the actual name or fate of the ship, however it is said that the fishermen who originally found the wreck used a Miller Beer bottle to mark the location, which is where the name is derived from. Read more »


When cold weather finally drives the striped bass to their wintering grounds at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is definitely the place to be for folks looking to follow the migration. Read more »


East Beach is a blanket term that is generally used to include the shoreline from Quonochontaug (Quonny) Breachway to Charlestown Breachway, roughly a 4.5-mile stretch of fishy shoreline. Read more »


While they are all often simply referred to under the blanket term of “herring,” there are three primary species of herring seen across the northeast: the blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), the alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), and the Atlantic or sea herring (Clupea harengus). The alewife and blueback are protected and can not be legally harvested, but the Atlantic herring may be caught and is sought for both bait as well as table fare across the region. However, at times finding large enough concentrations of sea herring locally to make it worth braving the cold in search of them can be daunting.

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Sitting roughly mid-way between Connecticut and Long Island, the Middle Ground is an area approximately three miles in radius, surrounding a high spot that is exposed at low tide, and officially known as Stratford Shoal. There is a lighthouse sitting on the shoal that makes it easy to locate from a distance. Six miles north of Pt. Jefferson Harbor, Stratford (Middle Ground) Shoal (41 03 06N / 73 06 01W) consists of a variety of bottom contours creating all sorts of rip lines and drop-offs anywhere from 15 to 65 feet of water, making it an oasis for bass and bluefish, especially from late August and well into November. Diamond jigs are the top choice when drifting the rip lines, however chunking with fresh bunker while anchored up tide of the shoal will certainly put fish in the box as well. Read more »


It was early September 2013, and the forecast looked good for a run “out east” as everyone seems to refer to the tuna grounds off Chatham. I was joined by New England Advertising Sales Manager, Dale Nicholson and we were fishing with Capt. John Clothier of Fish Chatham Charters. We eased our way out through Stage Harbor, turned east and shot past Monomoy Island with building seas that would eventually be my undoing (but that story is for a different day). Today our destination was for the area generally referred to as the Sword; the target waters of many of the tuna forays of the fleet based out of Chatham and beyond.

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The first thing the astute observer notices about Two Tree Island is there are no trees on it. “According to old timers,” said Mat Hillyer, owner of Hillyer’s Tackle Shop in Waterford, CT, “there were two trees on it at one time, but the hurricane of 1938 wiped them out.” Nonetheless, its wooded name persists.

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Located south of Copiague inside East/West Channel is the Copiague Hole, an area frequently mentioned in fishing reports, and where each season anglers score a host of inshore favorites from this man made hotspot. The Hole plays host to a variety of species from blowfish to striped bass. It is located just east of Tanner Park in East West Channel and is approximately 30 feet in depth, surrounded by the 10-foot depth of the channel. The area was dredged a number of years ago, and the dredge material used to build up the Copiague shoreline for waterfront development. Read more »


It was the third day of my second visit to Block Island, and after two fishless nights Rich Morris and I decided to put some more time into scouting the island. We hit all the spots from the night before—the Poop Chute, Southeast Light, Snake Hole, Black Rock and Southwest Point—and made both mental notes as well as written ones when something stood out that we felt might hold fish later that night. When we pulled into the little parking area at the end of Dories Cove road, we both brought a rod as some cloud cover began to settle in and a light southwest wind made for some fishy-looking water, even at the early-afternoon hour.

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Hiding in plain sight among the bigger, more popular venues within a 15- to 30-minute drive including Mountain Lake, the Spruce Run, Round Valley and Merrill Creek reservoirs, and the Delaware River sits the redheaded stepchild 53-acre Furnace Lake, a fish-producing cauldron that puts fins in the air at every turn of the calendar page.

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There is no doubt that Indian River Inlet is the number one fish producing location in Delaware. It is possible to catch just about any inshore species here and the month of October is when they all come together.

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