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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.


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


I walked outside to get a little fresh air and to check on the progress of the fried turkey that was bubbling away in its peanut oil bath. As I began putting the elbow-long cooking gloves onto my hands, my cell phone rang. On the other end was my good friend, let’s just call him Ed, and he was heading to South County, Rhode Island that evening to get in on the hot bite of striped bass and bluefish that he had heard of from several contacts down the shore. He asked if I wanted to join him but unfortunately I had to pass as I had plans all day and night with family. It was, after all, Thanksgiving Day. 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 »

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