Hot Spots – The Fisherman

Hot Spots

Six Mile Reef

Hotspot Of The Month: Six Mile Reef

Normally when the word “reef” is mentioned in a discussion, the thought of bottom dwellers such as blackfish are the first species to come to mind.


Hot Spot: Little Egg Reef

The third largest spread in the artificial reef lineup at 1.5 square miles (surpassed only by the Atlantic City Reef at 4 square miles and the Cape May Reef


The Coimbra Wreck

With a reputation of exceptional shark and bottom fishing, in recent years the Coimbra Wreck is better known for consistent action with bluefin tuna.

Constructed of heavy gauge steel

Deepwater Reef

Located 23 miles offshore of Great Egg Inlet, the Deepwater Reef is the furthest artificial reef to reach in the New Jersey artificial reef program.

Carnegie LAKE

Carnegie Lake

Electrofishing conducted on Carnegie Lake by the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife came up with the highest largemouth bass catch rate of 2018, according to the Freshwater Fisheries Annual Report. The

Cherry Harbor

Cherry Harbor – Gardiners Bay

Located between the North and South forks along the southwest side of Gardiners Island in Gardiners Bay is Cherry Harbor, where from mid-June through mid-July the area holds hordes of jumbo porgies and a sprinkling of sea bass.

Chart courtesy of Navionics.

Quogue Canal (West End)

Funneled between the confines of Moriches and Shinnecock Bays, the Quogue Canal was once notorious for its exceptional early spring flounder run that began by mid/late February, and usually lasted until mid-April.

Chart courtesy of Navionics.

Matunuck, RI

Matunuck, Rhode Island is a great location to fish whether it’s from shore or by boat. For boaters, it’s very close to the harbor at Point Judith offering many opportunities and a very short run.

Image courtesy of the New Jersey Trails Association (

Rosedale Lake

Beginning on opening day of the trout season (April 11, 2020) the fishing at Rosedale Lake will begin to warm up, with the 30-acre impoundment thereafter getting three in-season rainbow trout stockings without closures.

Located at the west end of East Beach, Fresh Pond Rocks is denoted by the outcropping of rocks along an otherwise featureless, sand beach.

Fresh Pond Habs

Fresh Pond Rocks denotes the beginning of the rocky, fishy structure leading west along East Beach in Charlestown, RI.

Chart courtesy of Navionics.

Stepping Stones Light

The Stepping Stones Lighthouse sits atop a rocky foundation east of the Throgs Neck Bridge, and off the tip of City Island, the Bronx.

Ponderlodge Pond is located in the Villas in Lower Township in Cape May County within the 315-acre Cox Hall Wildlife Management Area.

Ponderlodge Pond

The cliché “Good things come in small packages” is never more apropos than describing the angling opportunities available at Ponderlodge Pond located in the Villas in Lower Township, Cape May County.

Newcomb Hollow, Cape Cod

It had been several years since I last set foot on the fabled beaches of Cape Cod, but I immediately felt at home with the backdrop of the pounding surf and expansive Atlantic Ocean to one side, tall sand dunes eroded by years of harsh weather to the other.

Hotspot Hylton

The Hylton Castle

On January 11, 1886, while bound from New York to Rouen with a cargo of 57,880 bushels of corn, the 251-foot-long Hylton Castle got caught in a heavy gale.