The beauty of a fishing pole car rack is that your gear is ready to go whenever you get the yen to go down to the water and cast a line. No having to run home to grab your tackle box and rods, no discovering everything is a tangled up mess from your last fishing trip. When your fishing poles are organized in your vehicle, everything is in its place and ready when you are to spring into action. That leaves just one question— where exactly are you going to go with all your gear? There are a whole lot of lakes and rivers out there to choose from full of incredible salmon, bass, trout, crapie, and more.
Where To Take Your Fishing Pole Car Rack On the East Coast
We could spend all day listing great places to fish, and there are even more secret spots that no angler in his or her right mind would blab to the world. That said, these four are pretty special, and well worth the drive from wherever you call home. With everything loaded into your interior fly rod holder, nothing is holding you back.
PAMLICO SOUND, NORTH CAROLINA
You don’t have to choose between freshwater and saltwater fishing in this unique location. Pamlico Sound, the largest lagoon on the East Coast, is the best of both worlds. The Neuse and Pamlico rivers weave their way through the wetlands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks before feeding this giant estuary (the second largest in the country). In addition to red drum, speckled trout, flounder, striped bass, and king fish, shellfish also abound. The shallow waters are ideal for crabbing and hunting for oysters and clams while you wait for your lines to dance. There are some serious catches to seek out, too. In July of 2018, a 14 year old boy visiting from Georgia caught a 72 pound, 14 ounce mahi mahi off of Hatteras in Pamlico Sound— a potential world record. The world record drum fish was caught here, too, in 1983. Talk about a big fish story, this bad boy weighted 94 pounds.
CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE TUNNEL, VIRGINIA
The first largest estuary in the country, the Chesapeake Bay has been rich in marine life for centuries— a huge boon for early settlers trying to make life work on a new and unfamiliar continent. These days, it’s a modern feature of the Bay that amps it up as an attraction for anglers. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has created an environment that is especially attractive to the fish living in the area. They love to gather around the pylons, and it’s not unusual to see fishing boats positioned around the bridge’s supports, patiently waiting for a bite. The fishing can be tricky what with all the recreational and commercial traffic in the Chesapeake Bay, not to mention the unpredictable Atlantic. Still, the variety of fish are hard to resist with trophy striper, red drum, spadefish, tog, and sheepshead. That’s not to mention one of the real stars of the Bay, the big striped bass that will test your selection of lures and bait.
MONTAUK, NEW YORK
Montauk is the biggest commercial fishing harbor in New York state, so it’s no surprise that recreational anglers have found great success there as well. Montauk has been the stomping grounds of such legendary sport fishermen as Frank Mundus, who inspired the character of Quint in Jaws. It’s also the birthplace of extreme water sports like skishing, a bizarre combination of water skiing, and surfcasting. If you want to keep it simple and stick to the basics, head to Montauk Point State Park, Montauk Point State Park, and Shadmoor State Park for bountiful beaches where you can choose between regular surfcasting and angling in the wetlands. Conditions can change rapidly depending on the tide and winds, so head to a local shop like Paulie’s Tackle or Johnny’s Tackle to get the latest information on where you’re like to find bluefish, sea bass, striped bass, cod, fluke, shark, porgy, and tuna.
LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Salmon, bass, and trout abound in this 21 mile lake just south of the famous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Halfway between Mount Washington and the Gulf of Maine, Lake Winnipesaukee contains several islands, giving you even more shoreline and shallows to work off of than just the outer banks. The northern location makes for ideal year-round fishing opportunities, too, with solid ice fishing in the winter time. That all-season availability, as well as the plentiful salmon, trout, and bass, are one reason Lake Winnipesaukee was chosen for several fishing tournaments at different times of year. Numerous other smaller lakes are nearby, too, giving endless possibilities for angler hoping to find just the right spot to make their catch.
So what are you waiting for? Load up your fishing pole car rack and hit the road. We hear the fish are jumping.