How To

October 12, 2017
Wherever along the Chesapeake Bay your fishing grounds are located, one thing is for sure: catching flounder in the Bay is a ton of fun. Some years you’ll encounter plenty of these flat-fish as far…
October 11, 2017
One if the coolest things about the sport of fishing is that it can be as complicated, or as simple, as you want to make it. Yes, there are more advancements, electronics, lures, devices, and items…
September 23, 2017
If you’ve ever had a bigeye tuna inhale your bait, considering the fight that’s surely embedded into your memory, this fish’s scientific name - Thunnus Obesus - probably makes perfect sense. With…
September 10, 2017
The small creeks and streams of Southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland like Antietam, Big Pipe, Marsh, Conococheague, Conewago, Gunpowder, Codorus, Toms, Yellow Breeches, Octoraro, Monocacy,…
August 31, 2017
Chesapeake Bay fishing is best known for great light tackle striper action—there are not many places on earth where a person can get into huge slugs of predatory fish and catch them one after the…
August 29, 2017
Whether you’re prowling the shoreline of a tributary, working a rip-rapped stretch of the banks of the Bay, or casting to the sod banks of a Tangier Sound island, catching stripers on light tackle in…
August 14, 2017
Fishermen are amazingly creative when it comes to rigging baits. There are several methods to rig ballyhoo on circle hooks, and they all may work. However, the “X rig” stands apart from the pack—it’s…
August 10, 2017
Before you put a bait on a hook, you’ll have to go and catch it—and that’s why last month in Hit the Spot Part I, we looked into how to catch live spot. But now, it’s time to turn those little…
July 30, 2017
Crabbing is a great way to spend time on the water, and trot-lining is a very effective and fairly easy way to fill the bushel basket. Crabbing in my family started when I was very young, when I…
July 16, 2017
There’s a world of difference in how to most effectively troll for stripers, depending on the season—and now that the summer’s in full swing and schoolies are a main target for anglers on the…
July 9, 2017
Those who know how to fish for tuna in the Mid-Atlantic region are quite familiar with chunking. Sure, some call it “going over to the dark side.” Others say it’s simplistic, boring, and messy, while…
July 5, 2017
Live lining with spot is highly effective, when you’re trying to put rockfish in the cooler. Most of the time if you drop this “rockfish candy” over the side, stripers will pounce right on them. As a…
July 4, 2017
It's that time of year when the 20- and 30-fathom lumps may provide all the back breaking action offshore anglers can handle, providing the bluefin tuna make an appearance. Bluefin are unique. Unlike…
June 12, 2017
For many of us who regularly enjoy fishing the Chesapeake Bay, light tackle jigging is a favored method of chasing after striped bass. And it's no wonder—light tackle jigging is both fun and…
May 12, 2017
by John Unkart Trophy stripers may take the headlines every April, but this is also when flounder begin their spring invasion. For a change of pace, head for the shore and get in on some hot…
April 20, 2017
The warm water discharge at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) gushes a whitewater torrent into the middle Chesapeake Bay, yet the discharge at Brandon Shores meanders gently into the mouth…
April 13, 2017
IT’S HERE – SPRING TROPHY SEASON! That means it’s time to break out the heavy rods, umbrella rigs, and… wait a sec – what if you don’t want to troll with the traditional heavy gear? Or, what if all…
April 11, 2017
There’s a rich vein of gold—golden tilefish, that is—laying off the Atlantic coast. If you’re looking for a new challenge, these fish might fit the bill. The good news: since these fish live on the…