How To Fishing Methods and Tips

How to go fishing including trolling, jigging, chumming, how to fish with bait, and many forms of fishing techniques often used for fishing the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and for freshwater fishing. If you are a new angler be sure to check out our Fishing for Beginners section.

January 20, 2023
Something I love about Chesapeake Bay fishing is the relatively mild winters compared to my home state of Pennsylvania. As much as I love fishing, freezing in an ice shanty and all the work and…
January 4, 2023
Winter is here and most anglers focused on Chesapeake Bay fishing have hung up their rods and winterized their boats for the season. But a few of my fishing buddies and I are checking our tackle,…
December 15, 2022
Like they say on some obscure TV show no one’s ever seen: winter is coming. The good news is that in this neck of the woods that doesn't portend the end of fishing season, much less an invasion of…
December 3, 2022
Good winter bites can be tough to come by for a Mid-Atlantic angler, but one species we can always rely on to keep our rods bent during the frigid months is tautog... Not! Truth be told, tog are…
November 12, 2022
The fall season is upon us and while for many anglers that conjures up thoughts of fall flounder fishing or kayak fishing for schoolie stripers, there are way too many other things to do: stuff like…
November 8, 2022
Surf fishing fans may already know that the kingfish is one of those species that has an unfortunately long list of names: in Virginia they’re called roundhead, farther south in the Carolinas and…
October 23, 2022
One of the beautiful things about Chesapeake Bay fishing, and all forms of fishing for that matter, is that there’s rarely a right way or a wrong way to catch a fish, there’s just what works and what…
October 7, 2022
Every year I look forward to the autumn months when slab-sided crappie are putting on the feedbag to fatten up for the winter months. Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and northwest…
September 18, 2022
Pickerel are one of the handful of species of fish in the Mid-Atlantic region which hit their stride during the cooler months of the year, in creeks, rivers and lakes accessible by boat, via kayak…
September 12, 2022
Red Drum in skinny water can be some of the most action-packed fishing you can find on the lower Chesapeake Bay during the late summer and early fall months — this month is the perfect time to get…
September 9, 2022
There is a lot to be said for the lowly carp, an often demeaned and even hated gamefish species by some who seek “proper” gamefish. Yes, I’ll call the carp a gamefish and you carp-haters know who you…
August 18, 2022
Whether Alexandria is your atmosphere, Baltimore is your backyard, or Chesterfield is your corner of the world, if you enjoy chasing fish like bass, crappie, and bluegill, somewhere close by there’s…
August 9, 2022
ATTENTION BEGINNER ANGLERS: If your main goal is to catch something — anything with scales and a tail — you need to have white perch on your radar. White perch are one of the most prolific finfish in…
July 21, 2022
Forgive me if you have heard this before, but a long time ago someone told me that the progression from beginner anglers to the uber-experienced goes from any fish to many fish, to big fish, and then…
July 11, 2022
If you want to truly become one with nature, clamming is the ticket. Sure, you could spend years studying Shintoism or spend hours in a trance meditating, but better yet spend a few minutes standing…
June 22, 2022
Fishing for yellowfin tuna is often red-hot, or totally not. One day you can enjoy hookups by the dozens, and the next the ocean can seem completely devoid of life. The mid-summer month of July can…
June 2, 2022
For many years, all of the big red drum I caught were on live or cut bait like crabs, menhaden chunks, spot, or croaker. And that is an excellent way to catch them, particularly in late spring. We…
May 11, 2022
Presented by SiriusXM Marine In reservoirs largemouth bass are attracted to trees and points, in the Bay striped bass are attracted to drop-offs and oyster bars, and in inshore waters sea bass are…