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.

October 19, 2021
Throughout the year, a few close friends and I head out to the upper James River and spend time targeting one of my favorite Virginian fish, the smallmouth bass. Pound for pound they are one of the…
October 17, 2021
As fall approaches and the wahoo bite picks up at Mid-Atlantic hotspots like the Oceanic Deli many offshore anglers are looking forward to shots at these toothy but tasty critters. Do you know how to…
October 10, 2021
Wrecks are artificial reef sites that attract fish — period — and there are plenty of Chesapeake Bay reefs as well as many found off the coast. Sure, some sites are better than others and which are…
September 26, 2021
As the summer sun starts to hang lower in the sky and autumn begins to move in, our tactics for targeting snakeheads need to change. Keeping in mind that the optimum water temperature range for…
September 24, 2021
What’s the wiggliest, slimiest, feistiest, and perhaps grossest live bait around? Why, eels of course. A live eel will wrap itself around your wrist, drip stinky goo on your clothing, and slither…
September 9, 2021
One of the coolest things about Chesapeake Bay fishing is that you just never know what will bite. And while there’s a long list of Chesapeake Bay species we target with regularity — ranging from…
August 27, 2021
I can’t remember the first fish I caught in my life, but chances are it was a spot or a croaker. I was probably about five years old. When I was young, going fishing meant spot and croaker fishing.…
July 24, 2021
As August hits many Chesapeake Bay catch-and-release anglers will begin targeting big bull redfish in the Middle Bay, and as summer turns into fall, Lower Bay anglers of a similar attitude will enjoy…
July 18, 2021
It’s early July and I’m snakehead fishing the Blackwater in Dorchester County, MD, with my friend Julian. We set out to catch a few snakeheads to take home for dinner and launch our kayaks a little…
July 12, 2021
Much as we all love Chesapeake Bay fishing, sometimes a change of pace is in order. Maybe your favorite fishing rod just fell overboard, perhaps the winds are too strong, or you might just feel like…
July 9, 2021
Although many different species of snakehead exist, the Northern snakehead are the ones to look out for when fishing in Chesapeake country—and as you surely know, fishing for snakeheads has become…
July 2, 2021
Whether you’re hoping to compete in a big money billfish tournament like the WMO or you just want to feel the rush of battling with a billfish, if you own or fish from an outboard-powered boat you’re…
June 28, 2021
Whether you’re looking for a July striped bass closure alternative or you just want to enjoy some KISS fishing fun for panfish, jigging a Sabiki will be tough to beat. Sabiki rigs were originally…
June 26, 2021
As the height of summer hits there’s a fair chance of finding “peanut” dolphin, or mahi-mahi, in the two- to five-pound range, plus a few larger ones now and again, at the inshore bass pots from 10…
June 3, 2021
Smallmouth bass may share some similarities with their relative, the largemouth bass, but don’t let that fool you when it comes to fishing for them yourself. You are most likely to find these fish in…
May 16, 2021
Billfish and tunas might get all the glory, but ask a seasoned Mid-Atlantic angler who goes deep drop fishing with any regularity what the best tasting fish in the sea is and you’ll hear golden…
May 10, 2021
Sheepshead are a somewhat common catch in coastal waters along the western Atlantic, as well as providing an unusual summer target for anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay Fishing in the Bay’s southern…
May 5, 2021
May is a prime month for catching bluefish while surf fishing, all up and down the coast. And casting out cut bait on a doodlebug rig is usually the most effective method of tempting them. Added…