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Old 06-20-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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New to NYC

Hi Folks,

I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Alain and I'm new to spearfishing in NY/NJ area. I grow up in Florida and moved to NYC for school after I got out of the Army. I haven't been out in the water here yet and was hoping to make a connection with someone on this forum to go spearfishing with in NY or NJ (however, I'm limited to public transportation and a skateboard).

I mostly use a polespear (Manny Puig polespear), but I'm thinking about getting a gun too.

Here are some questions I have:

Do people spearfish the Rockaways? If so, where?
Where do people that live in NYC spearfish?
Where can I read up on the state regs/seasons/limits, etc?

Thanks in advance and I hope to dive with you guys soon.

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Old 06-20-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: New to NYC

Yes breezy point/Rockaways are the closest places for someone in NYC to spear. I don't have my truck anymore. So once I rig up some makeshift roof rack for the pos car I'm driving, I'll get my kayak out here and use it outta Jamaica bay. U can tag along
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #3
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Re: New to NYC

I've heard jamaica bay is pretty polluted and u shouldnt eat anything from there!?
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:08 AM   #4
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Re: New to NYC

Alain,

Regs: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html

Some spots:

Jamaica bay
Manhattan Beach reef
Beach 8th street - Far Rockaway
Breezy point
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:10 PM   #5
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Re: New to NYC

If you live in Manhattan, you're best bet would be to fish in the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge. The summer is great time to find Coney Island Whitefish in that area.


Haha jk, please don't go diving in the east river. If you live near downtown Manhattan you can take the ferry to the jersey shore. If not then theres subways to Brooklyn or if you are willing to go the extra mile, you can take the LIRR to a beach out on long island.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #6
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Re: New to NYC

@Rob Thanks for the offer. Please let me know next time you plan a trip. I went out to the Rockaways yesterday (around 90th st) and swam around looking for fish. I found a few but the visibility was pretty bad.

@smells Thanks for the link. I'm still looking for the regs about distance from shore/ swim areas/ piers etc. Are there any rules for NY?

@fatb where Jersey shore can you dive on the beach?

Thanks everyone
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:56 AM   #7
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Re: New to NYC

Breezy Point Jetty is probably your best bet, use the search on the forum and you'll find a bunch of info on it. . I've not seen much fish around the jettys in Rockaway, 90th is probably the most crowded, go down a few jetty's and you might see something but watch out for the fisherman, they'll plop a sinker right next to you.

Fish in Jamaica bay are fine, it's really not that bad pollution wise. You'll probably need a boat or a kayak to find good spots though.

Good luck and post some pics!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:57 PM   #8
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There is a guy that has a boat and makes trips to Rockaway reef - look for Yuri Krainov... I never dove that reef, but I dove with Yuri in Montauk and the trips were OK.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:19 PM   #9
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What I've learned is nobody knows those rules, including the cops!
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