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Long Island Surf Fishing Has It All, An Introduction...
Long Island A Great Place to Fish! Long Island offers some great surf fishing opportunities for everyone. Surrounded by water fertile with all types of fish Long Island has back bay's, open surf and small and large inlets to fish on both of its shores. You can pick from the calm water's of the north shore or the big breaking rolling waves of the beautiful Long Island south shore.
If pier fishing is your forte you should give the Jones Beach fishing piers located at Field 10 a shot, also there is the newly renovated Green Island fishing pier located just off the Wantagh Parkway just right of the toll booths. I have only fished the new pier at Green Island a few times but it does look like it offers some great opportunities and a nice place to explore. Their are four piers at Field 10 and there is a bait and tackle shop right next to them so you can grab anything you may need from bait to a cold soda while your fishing. Its a great place to bring the family to relax and do a little fishing. Its also a nice entrance point to the back side of Jones, you don't have to fish up on the pier, there is a wonderful cove to the right of the parking lot and a nice stretch of water to the right which heads to the Meadowbrook Bridge. It offers some great pier and back bay fishing opportunities.
West End II - Beach
The West End II Beach is one of my favourite fishing spots on long island for a few reasons. It is a beautiful place, a hike to get to, slightly off the path and many days you will have the whole beach to yourself. Many days a year I will fish all day and not see another soul on this stretch of beach. Of course the depends when you head out. There is a lot of wildlife too that you will see with all different species of birds. In fact many birders come here to take photos of some of the rarer species of birds. I just brought up the bird stuff to give you an idea of the space you have here. Another reason is that the beach has some nice structure, some of which is hard to walk away from because it just looks so good! And of course finally the fishing can be fantastic at times. Many folks had some amazing days on the sand here with tales to tell. One thing about the beach here is that it can be a trek to get to it.
Jones Beach offers a wide array of saltwater surf fishing opportunities. Jones island stretches close to 20 miles long from the Captree piers to the West End 2 jetty. There are also opportunities close by Jones Beach, to the east sits Fire Island and to the west is Long Beach. In that stretch of Jones Beach it has miles of open beach, jetty’s, back bay's, coves and fishing piers, all of which is easily accessible to the shore bound angler. You can spend a whole season day in and night out fishing and never see the same spot twice with positive results, that is of course if you know what your doing. At the same time can be a daunting piece of water to read and keep up with the action and easily intimidating to the inexperienced angler.
West End II - Jetty
Bring your Korkers and please be careful! This is a great place to fish but at the same time very dangerous! There can be any number of accidents occur on the jetty from broken bones, sprained ankles, open gashes, drowning and embedded hooks. I have heard of two particular instances of death. One incident I heard of a few years ago a man logged his pyramid sinker on the rocks, with all his might and 60lb test loaded, the pyramid sinker can winging back at 200mph and hit him in the head like a bullet. Another instance I heard of someone simply slipping off in the jetty in cold water with waders on washed slowly off with the strong inlets current and slipped under and drowned. I have had severe accidents out there myself and believe me it is a long walk back with a sprained ankle and forget about walking with a broken leg, so please be careful when you fish there and always safety first!
West End Construction Dock
The West End Construction Dock is a great place to start fishing Jones Beach. Please be aware you do need a fishing permit to park in the gravel lot even in the daytime and the park police do some by often to check. It is located as you turn into the Coast Guard station, just make a hard left onto the dirt road before you hit the gates at the Coast Guard station and its about one quarter mile down the road.. You can park right in the lot next to the inlet walk a few feet and start fishing, or you can take a nice hike about a mile and a half up the inlet to the jetty.
Captree Fishing Pier
If your all for blue crabbing, snappers and fluke the give the Captree Fishing Piers a shot. It easily reached at the end of Jone's Island at the very end jof ocean parkway just stay left before the Robert Mosses bridge. From the lot you can park relatively close to either of its two piers and start fishing. There is also a very nice bait and tackle that stays stocked with all the bait and tackle you will need during the fishing season. Also if party boat fishing is your thing there is a nice fleet to choose from which head out regularly for full and half day trips for pretty much anything that is running in season. There is also a big comfort station with a restaurant above and fast food below. It is a very family friendly place with a play ground for the kids when the get antsy with the fishing. To get to the long pier stay left of the go around when you enter, to fish the rectangular pier stay right of the go around when you enter. I have done most my fishing there on the long pier because the rectangular one has been closed for quite some time but they may have opened it as now. After Super Storm Sandy the park got a lot of money and redid the long pier and they may have finished the rectangular one too.