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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.



NOYACK BAY, NY

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. Read more »

PATTAGANSETT LAKE, CT

Nestled between Upper Pattagansett Road to its north, and Route 1 to its south, Pattagansett Lake is a 128-acre, lazy-S-shaped body of water in East Lyme, Connecticut. Read more »

TEXAS TOWER #4, NJ

Here's the lowdown on why you want to add the Texas Tower to your hit list beginning this month - and why it should've always been there! Read more »

CONSTELLATION ROCK

Head 2-1/2 miles southeast from the eastern tip of Plum Island and you’ll come to nun buoy 2 otherwise known a Constellation Rock. Read more »

FORTESCUE BEACH

As many of Jersey’s South/Central surfcasters turn up in force at the convergence of the Mullica and Great Bay, roughly 40 miles south as the osprey flies (and arguably a bit closer to the northern migratory arrival of spring stripers) lies Fortescue Beach along the northern bayshore of Delaware Bay. Read more »

THE BLOODY GROUNDS

It’s fun and intriguing to imagine how the Bloody Grounds earned its crimson name. Read more »

COLLINS COVE

Rolling the dice on ice is chancy for sure when contemplating hardwater ventures in South Jersey; doubly so if said swim is influenced by the lunar-driven rise and fall of the tidewaters below the Trenton-to-Point Pleasant demarcation. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, that’s the Mullica River, or more specifically Collins Cove. Read more »

NAUGATUCK RIVER ATLANTIC SALMON

Winter sure can be cold, but the fishing can still be hot; you just need to know where to look! Right in my home state of Connecticut a great place to be this time of year is on the upper Naugatuck River. Read more »

NEBRASKA SHOAL, RI

Located roughly mid-way between Point Judith and Charlestown Breachway off the south shore of Rhode Island, this expansive area and its surrounding bumps and humps are quite popular with local bottom fishermen. Read more »

THE LINDA WRECK

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 »

THE MILLER WRECK

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 »

VIRGINIA BEACH STRIPERS

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 »

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