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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.



LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ

New Jersey's largest freshwater lake, Lake Hopatcong offers a multitude of options including hybrid stripers, walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass and more. Join Berkley pro staffer Skip Lerman and The Fisherman's Jim Hutchinson, Jr. in this traveling angler spotlight in the Garden State. Read more »

CHAPEL HILL CHANNEL, NJ

Raritan Bay holds plenty of hot spots for the August run of doormats, but one that falls a little under the radar is the Chapel Hill Channel. Read more »

SHINNECOCK NY SEA BUOY

A mile south of Shinnecock Inlet floats the Shinnecock Sea Buoy. Read more »

THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM, RI

Love it or hate it, the horizon off the southeast corner of Block Island is now dotted with a string of wind farm turbines. Read more »

BARNEGAT LIGHT REEF, NJ

Easily accessible and perfectly productive for both small and large boaters, the Barnegat Light Reef is an easy 3.1-mile run straight east out of Barnegat Inlet. Read more »

COXES, MA SUMMERTIME COD

Coxes Ledge is located about 25 miles southwest of Westport, MA, 20 miles southeast of Point Judith, RI and about 35 miles east of Montauk, NY. It's a large area and can be easily fished when the weather is good from many ports in southern New England. Read more »

HORTONS POINT, NY

Frequently referred to as the "Land of the Giants" for the big fluke taken here during the spring and summer, there are many more opportunities here that are overlooked by those just targeting fluke. Read more »

DUCK ISLAND, CT

Menunketesuck and Duck islands, both located a short distance from the beaches, are the main fishing features of Westbrook. Read more »

ELBERON ROCKS, NJ

The Elberon Rocks are, generally, the grounds are a 2.5-square mile area off of Elberon, Deal and Long Branch. Read more »

THE MILLER WRECK, NY

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. Read more »

EATONS NECK TRIANGLE, NY

The Triangle is popular through the season for striped bass, bluefish, porgies, sea bass and blackfish. Read more »

SLIM SHAD POINT, HOLYOKE, MA

This spot is located right along the main funneling point of which American shad traveling upstream to spawn must pass. Essentially any open spot along this shoreline produces fish, but every angler has his or her preferred casting perch. Read more »

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