Montauk, New York: Saltwater Fishing
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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.