The summer tourists may be long gone, but the fish are still jumping in many popular Northeast destination. Fall is typically when you can enjoy some of the region’s most exciting fishing of the year.
Here are five of the best fall fishing destinations in the Northeast.
- Montauk, New York – Located on the far eastern tip of Long Island, Montauk has long tidal rips and sees huge schools of migrating fish. The area has great fishing throughout the year, but it really takes off come fall. Local waters are renowned for their massive striper blitzes. Montauk is also near offshore canyons that have giant tuna and other deep-water species.
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – The fishing around Martha’s Vineyard is exceptional in the fall. Anglers find plenty of hungry stripers, bluefish and fluke at this time of year. False albacore, which have a reputation for giving anglers a fun fight, are also abundant here.
- Portland, Maine – Filled with islands, rips and rocky structure, the productive waters of Casco Bay come alive in the fall as hungry stripers begin to migrate. Just to the south, from Old Orchard Beach down to York, stripers pass close to shore as they migrate south, making this a great time of year to enjoy fishing, as well as to take advantage of the area’s less-crowded beaches and restaurants.
- Provincetown, Massachusetts – This lively town at the tip of Cape Cod offers great access to both offshore waters and Cape Cod Bay. The area sees big bass at this time of year. It’s also when giant bluefins show up off Provincetown and other outer cape towns like Chatham to feed on large schools of sand eels. Anglers can also catch bonito and false albies, and they can reel in large bluefish near a number of places including Race Point.
- Block Island, Rhode Island – Strategically located where Long Island Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean, the waters around Block Island hold stripers well into November, and sometimes even December. The area also has huge bluefish, and anglers can catch bonito and false albies near Coast Guard Channel. Block Island anglers can also fish for black sea bass, fluke and scup in the fall.
With fewer crowds, gorgeous autumn weather and large numbers of big, hungry fish, fall might be the best time for anglers to hit the coast. But, as always enjoying these areas means being prepared. It’s important to follow the weather forecast as conditions can change quickly. Be prepared with SWITLIK safety and survival equipment. Lastly, be sure to fish with friends or family or when alone, make sure you have given your travel plans to someone.
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