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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.



BESECK LAKE, MIDDLEFIELD CT

Just off Route 66 in Middlefield, Connecticut, lies a 116-acre impoundment named Beseck Lake. A bustling lake in the summertime, Beseck is much less utilized for winter activities. Read more »

BROWNS REEF, LONG ISLAND SOUND

“Browns Reef,” as it’s referred to by Branford bottom fishing regulars, is actually a cluster of individual structures, each with its own name and navigational aid, but often collectively known as “Browns.” Read more »

GOOSEBERRY POINT

They told me they wanted to fish an isolated location, away from the contested waters from Watch Hill to Long Island where access was either limited or non-existent. Read more »

LONG SAND SHOAL, CT

It doesn’t require much imagination to guess how Long Sand Shoal earned its descriptive name. Stretching 6 miles from its east-end bell to its west-end gong, Long Sand Shoal spans the towns of Old Saybrook and Westbrook, Connecticut, and its midpoint rests 1-1/2 miles south of Cornfield Point. Read more »

MANSFIELD HOLLOW, MANSFIELD, CT

Mansfield Hollow Lake is located within Mansfield Hollow State Park in Connecticut and is a popular year-round destination for anglers from across New England. Read more »

THE WAQUOIT JETTY, MASHPEE, MA

Located on Cape Cod in the town of Mashpee, the Waquoit jetty juts southward into the blue waters of Nantucket Sound. Read more »

THE CENTER WALL, PT. JUDITH, RI

The middle or Center Wall lies just west of Pt. Judith, Rhode Island, forming the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge. Construction of the harbor walls began in 1891 and was ultimately completed in 1950. Read more »

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 »

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