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.

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
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 attracted to wrecks and reefs.…
May 7, 2022
In the spring many anglers have their eyes set on fishing for striped bass, shad, and other early season bites, but there is a very rewarding method of fishing that’s often overlooked by anglers…
March 29, 2022
You will hear this fish called by many names: red drum, redfish, puppy drum for small ones, and bull redfish for very large ones. When I was young, the old timers in our area referred to them as…
March 21, 2022
Pier fishing takes many forms, ranging from casting from a dock in a farm pond, to strolling down the Route 50 bridge into Ocean City, to standing above crashing oceanic breakers on the Virginia…
March 19, 2022
Shad are intertwined not only with the rich history of Chesapeake Bay fishing, but also with our nation’s history: they’re often credited with saving the Continental Army from starvation at Valley…
March 15, 2022
My earliest memory of catching a largemouth bass is fishing from the shoreline on a small pond near my home when I was a 10-year-old living in Leavenworth, KS. I walked down to the pond carrying my…
March 9, 2022
As the days begin to grow warmer and we get some sunny afternoons, this month marks the rebirth of the snakehead fishery. It’s still a bit chilly for a topwater bite, but these three methods work…
March 7, 2022
Fishing for trout is a rite of spring. It happens every year, somewhere between mid-March and early April when the trees bud out, the weather patterns warm, Easter flowers bloom, and the decades-old…
March 1, 2022
You say you did not partake in the ice fishing season and you’re sick and tired of sub-freezing temperatures, not to mention cold winds and being bottled up inside? Us too — thank goodness we’ll soon…