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Magnolia Fishing Pier

The Magnolia Fishing Pier in Long Beach, NY, has long been a cherished spot for fishing enthusiasts and a significant part of the local community. From the north side of Long Beach Island at the end of Magnolia Blvd. you will find the “L” shaped pier and 300 yards in the Reynolds Channel. Recently Magnolia Bait and Tackle has opened up a bait shack at the end of the pier to offer bait, rods, tackle, and educational fishing programs. During the Herring runs in the winter the green lights under the pier attract the fish in large numbers and spots will be tight with fisherman from sun up to sun down.

Challenges and Resilience

The Magnolia Fishing Pier has faced numerous challenges over the years, primarily due to severe weather events. Hurricanes and nor’easters have caused significant damage, necessitating extensive repairs and rebuilding efforts. Despite these challenges, the community’s strong attachment to the pier ensured its continual restoration. Notable efforts include the repairs following the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, which heavily impacted Long Beach in 2012.

Recent Renovations and Modern Era

In recent years, the Magnolia Fishing Pier has seen a revitalization, thanks in part to the dedicated efforts of local business owners and community members. Justin Kula has played a significant role in the pier’s resurgence. Under his leadership, the pier has been transformed from a derelict pier into a modern facility and regaining local fisherman. Renovations have focused on enhancing resilience against weather conditions, improving safety features, and making the pier more accessible to all visitors.

Kula’s efforts have not only preserved the pier but have also strengthened community bonds through organized events, fishing tournaments, and educational programs aimed at promoting sustainable fishing practices and marine conservation​.

Fish Species and Fishing Techniques

The Magnolia Fishing Pier is home to a variety of fish species, making it a popular spot for anglers of all skill levels. Here are some of the common species and effective techniques for catching them:

1. Striped Bass

Techniques: Use live bait such as bunker or eels, or artificial lures like plugs and soft plastics. Fish during early morning or late evening near structures or drop-offs.

Best Months: April to June, and September to November

2. Bluefish

Techniques: Use live bait such as mullet or menhaden, or artificial lures like spoons and poppers. Fish in deeper waters or near schools of baitfish.

Best Months: May to October

3. Fluke (Summer Flounder)

Techniques: Use live bait such as minnows or squid, or artificial lures like bucktails. Fish near sandy or muddy bottoms and around structures.

Best Months: May to September

4. Blackfish (Tautog)

Techniques: Use green crabs or fiddler crabs near rocky areas, pilings, and reefs. Use a strong, sensitive rod for detecting bites.

Best Months: October to December

5. Porgy (Scup)

Techniques: Use sandworms, clams, or squid strips. Fish near rocky bottoms, reefs, and other structures.

Best Months: May to October

6. Weakfish

Techniques: Use live bait such as shrimp or small fish, or artificial lures like soft plastics and jigs. Fish during dawn and dusk in deeper waters.

Best Months: May to September

7. Herring

Techniques: Use small jigs or sabiki rigs, which have multiple small hooks. Fish near the surface in schools of baitfish.

Best Months: December to March

Fishing Calendar

Month Striped Bass Bluefish Fluke Blackfish Porgy Weakfish Herring
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Amenities

  • Bait & Tackle Shop: Offers a variety of bait, tackle, and fishing supplies. Rentals are available for fishing gear, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced anglers.
  • Restrooms: Conveniently located near the entrance of the pier, ensuring comfort for all visitors.
  • Cleaning Stations: Equipped with running water, making it easy for anglers to clean their catch before heading home.
  • Concessions: Snacks, drinks, and basic refreshments are available for purchase, ensuring that visitors can stay hydrated and energized during their fishing trip.
  • Seating Areas: Benches and shaded areas are strategically placed along the pier for rest and relaxation.

Address

198 W Bay Dr, Long Beach, NY 11561, USA

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7am to 7pm

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Free

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Available at the tackle shop

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Striped Bass
Bluefish
Fluke
Blackfish
Porgy
Weakfish
Herring

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