Preparing For The Spring Fishing Season

Posted by Red Hook Outdoors Staff on 19th Mar 2019

How to prepare for Long Island’s spring fishing season

Long Island is home to incredible fishing for both freshwater and saltwater enthusiasts. Situated snugly beneath the American Northeast corridor, the island is in a unique position to offer lakes, rivers, ponds, as well as bays and the Atlantic Ocean to any experienced, as well as amateur, fishing advocates. Whether you’re looking for trout and salmon, or sharks, clams, mussels, and more, this New England Island can surely satisfy any fishing excursion requirement.

Now that we have you interested in all that Long Island has to offer, it’s important we take the time to discuss that although 2016’s fishing season is coming to a close, it’s never too soon to brush up on your reading and equipment for the spring 2017 season. The New Year is only a few weeks away, and before you know it, the springtime warming will have the fresh water and saltwater ice sheets cracking and dissolving for fresh, new fishing opportunities. Prepping for spring fishing 2017 starts now, and we’re here to provide you with valuable information for staying ahead of the fishing game.

1. Clean/repair current equipment

We know the feeling – there’s nothing sadder than storing your fishing equipment for the winter. It’s the sign of a few months without any fishing immersion, and for a lot of people, that is a depressing thought. Before you go to shove your current equipment away for a winter slumber, it’s important you take plenty of time to not only repair any damaged pieces, but to also clean it. The conditions in which you store your equipment have great implications for its functionality in the spring. Treat each piece, attachment, and accessory with care. Spool the line on your reels, organize fishing tackle and buy supplies that will be needed for opening day.

If you’re unable to repair your current gear before you stow it away, it may be time to consider new parts. Good thing the holidays are coming up – treat yourself to spring 2017 fishing gear.

2. Restock supplies

When that first warm fishing day hits in the spring, you’re not going to want to be held back by a lack of proper fishing supplies. Take the time now to go through each tackle tray, and make sure the right lures and terminal tackle are where they’re supposed to be based on the organization system you’re using. Label your trays to identify the contents quickly. Inspect your baits, cut off leftover know tags, and sharpen your hooks before you pack it away for good. If any hooks or pieces have rust, throw them out and replace them with shiny new pieces before the wintery slumber.

3. Get non-fishing gear ready

Sure, fishing is all about your poles, hooks, bait, and measurements – but there are other necessities that will make the entire Long Island fishing process a lot more enjoyable. Long Island is in a moist, wet climate pattern with oceanic weather. That means mosquitos and other pesky insects can thrive over lakes, ponds, and rivers on the island. You want to have plenty of bug repellent, mosquito repellent, and proper clothing prepared to keep your arms and legs protected.

And don’t forget the ticks! Long Island is also home to plenty of ticks, which can bring on some nasty Lyme’s Disease in the process. Get your new socks, sunscreen, and natural insect repellent prepped before the season begins.

4. Scope out new fishing spots

Now is the time to put in your research, and really analyze the available fishing options on Long Island. Every angler has their favorite fishing spots – so we can’t tell you which ones are best, but we can tell you that Long Island offers a plethora of options, styles, and locations to meet your needs. Whether it’s Nassau or Suffolk County fresh water fishing, Gardiners Bay, Block Island Sound, or the Great South Bay, fishing adventures await those who discover their favorite spots.

Hopefully our tips have you a little more motivated to prepare for what seems so far away before the New Year hits. Invest in your equipment, treat it right, replace broken or rusty pieces, and do your Long Island fishing research. We can help with a lot of it.