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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.



GARDINERS ISLAND

Gardiners Bay is approximately 10 miles long and 8 miles wide, and sits between the two forks at the eastern end of Long Island. It is bounded on its eastern end, where it connects to Block Island Sound by Gardiners Island, a small island 6 miles long and 3 miles wide. Gardiners Bay is part of the Peconic Bay Estuary, which is rich in shellfish and crustaceans. Blue claw crab, oysters, hard shell clams, scallops and conch are abundant throughout the area, making this piece of water a fisherman’s paradise as the abundance of food attracts myriad bottom dwellers and gamefish. Read more »

THE BREACH AT OLD INLET

I haven’t seen an aerial shot yet but my understanding is the breach/old inlet got much bigger. Last year I was stupid enough to try and fish the mouth of the breach. I had to turn around due to the draft (22 inches) of my boat. So I settled on the next best thing. I fished the very clear clean water that flows around the breach. Read more »

THROGS NECK BRIDGE

Spanning between Queens and the Bronx, the Throgs Neck Bridge may be better known for its traffic jams and ongoing road construction, but for anglers the reality is that the bridge and its surrounding waters provide excellent potential for tangling with some of our most popular inshore gamefish. Some of the Metropolitan area’s best fluke, striped bass and bluefish action occurs around the bridge and nearby waters. The combination of deep water, strong currents and a structure-rich bottom makes this ideal habitat for this popular trio. Read more »

MARINE PARKWAY BRIDGE

Spanning the western complex of Jamaica Bay from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, the Marine Parkway Bridge, also known as the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, sets the stage for some fine all around action on a variety of species through the course of the season. Read more »

MATINECOCK POINT

The fall season of 2017 along the western end of Long Island Sound went into the history books as one of the best weakfish runs in recent times. Open, charter and private boats from City Island to as far east as Port Jefferson enjoyed exceptional and unorthodox weakfish catches while sinker bouncing for scup, sea bass and believe it or not; blackfish. One of those hotspots that has made a resurgence several seasons in hiatus is Matinecock Point, which hopefully will again produce exceptional weakfishing and good fishing for other species this season. Read more »

NOYAK BAY

Nestled between the North Haven Peninsula and Jessup Neck and southward of the western end of Shelter Island and part of the Peconic Bay estuary sits Noyack Bay. According to Ken Morse of Tight Lines Bait and Tackle in Sag Harbor, this pristine and tranquil body of water can provide some serious fishing action. Read more »

THE GREENLAWNS

Along the west side of Shelter Island in Peconic Bay is a landmark and fishing hotspot known as the Greenlawns. The name is derived from a pair of mansions side by side of each other with identical size lawns distinguishing the location. While the landscape and scenery may be impressive, it is certainly not the reason why anglers cluster around this area each season. The opportunity for a double digit fluke is the draw for many anglers heading to the North Fork. The odds of catching that prize fluke this season increased with the starting date of fluke season in 2018 moved up to May 4. In 2017, fluke season opened on May 17, and many captains and anglers felt that most of the big fluke had already exited the bay by then. Early May is also prime time for big sea porgies that are usually willing to suck down clam baits by their season opener of May 1. Read more »

AXEL CARLSON REEF

Tied with Atlantic City Reef for size at 4 square miles, and one of the two oldest of the artificial bottom layouts, Axel Carlson Reef is second only to the Cape May Reef (4.5 square miles) for size. It is rife with structure, the majority of which is rock, and is a magnet for sea bass, fluke and blackfish. Read more »

THE GREENLAWNS

Along the west side of Shelter Island in Peconic Bay is a landmark and fishing hotspot known as the Greenlawns. The name is derived from a pair of mansions side by side of each other with identical size lawns distinguishing the location. While the landscape and scenery may be impressive, it is certainly not the reason why anglers cluster around this area each season. The opportunity for a double digit fluke is the draw for many anglers heading to the North Fork. Read more »

GARDEN STATE SISTERS

Twins, almost, birthed by the New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries (the dam) and then artificial reef coordinator Bill Figley (the sire). Read more »

MILFORD HARBOR, CT

Milford Harbor, called “The Gulf,” is a square bay measuring one mile by one mile. It’s bounded by Gulf Beach and Welches Point to the northeast, Trumbull Beach and Silver Sands State Park to the north, and a half-mile-long tombolo (called “The Bar”) ending at Charles Island to the southwest. Read more »

SILVER HOLE

Located deep inside Jamaica Bay bordering the Train Trestle and Cross Bay Bridge, Silver Hole is a deep water depression once known for its exceptional early spring flounder fishing, which has declined dramatically here, just as it has in most bays and harbors surrounding Long Island. Read more »

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