Let’s be clear about this up front: America is a big country. Really big. And inside that vastness are lots and lots of mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and canals. There are more than 95,000 miles of ocean coastline and, beyond that coastline, lots of deep water accessible by half- or full-day boat trips.
So when rounding up the 11 best places to fish in the U.S.,there may be one or two folks out there who think they know a place that was overlooked. And they’re right. But these are the best places to catch the widest range of fish, with a nod to geographical diversity and wilderness beauty. With that out of the way, here you have it - an arguably indispensable list of must-fish destinations in the U.S.
Montauk, New York: Saltwater Fishing
Yes, it’s within driving distance of New York City, which might make it seem an unlikely destination for a terrific outdoors experience. And yes, you have to drive past the Hamptons to get to this eastern tip of Long Island, which requires dealing with hellacious weekend traffic that chokes these roads during the summer. But once you’re here, you’ll know why you went through the trouble. The ocean currents make this a well-known hotspot for catching bluefish, tuna, and sharks, and Montauk is especially known for its run of striped bass each fall.
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