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Spuyten Duyvil

In Dutch, 'spuyten duyvil," the mostly-accepted spelling these days, can be pronounced two ways; one pronunciation means "devil's whirlpool" and he other means "spite the devil."
Across the river on the New York side, just where the Harlem River comes into the Hudson. Take Palisade Ave. to Riverside Drive along the Conrail/Amtrak Tracks. You’ll always see fishermen along the tracks. Close to the Amtrak bridge you’ll find plenty of current and structure which hold fish. Sandworms and bloodworms always work well in this area as does cut bait fished on the bottom. Stripers, Bluefish, Tommycod, Catfish.

This is a great springtime spot.   One of the favorite  fishing spots of the founder and first president of the HRFA NJ, Pete Barrett.  He often tells us stories of fishing this area in the late sixties and early seventies when no one was fishing the Hudson.  Pete loved to use bucktails in this area.  He was always amazed that not many people new you could catch such good sized fish so close to Manhattan.

Lots of rip-rap and pilings close to the railroad bridge makes great habitat and hiding structure for bass. Plugs work in this area but you loose many in those pilings. 

In the summer of 1998 Amtrak started giving anglers a hard time about fishing this area. One more example of someone trying to take away your right to get to the water. Complaints were filed and lawsuits were issued. As of this writing the restrictions of access to this area were easing up.

 

 

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