How To

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…
February 24, 2017
Many of the black drum caught during the Mid-Atlantic's spring run will top 50-lbs., a 90-lb. fish or two will surely be caught, and some lucky angler out there could peg the 100-lb. mark. The…
February 24, 2017
You want to catch more Spanish mackerel? They may not be in our Mid-Atlantic waters for more than a few months out of the year, but when the Spanish are in town, it’s always nice to enjoy the…
February 24, 2017
If you’ve ever been fishing, you already know how to set the hook. The real question is, do you know how to set the hook in the most effective way? Subtle differences in the way you go about setting…
February 24, 2017
Here’s the simplest, most straight-forward, yet effective way to get big bass to bite. 1. Tie a size two to size four hook on your fishing line. 2. Put a small split-shot weight about three feet up…
February 24, 2017
Once spot arrive in the Chesapeake in good numbers—perhaps we should say “if” since last season they didn’t make much of a showing—live lining them becomes a prime method for catching rockfish. Many…
February 24, 2017
Anyone who’s tried to gaff a tuna knows that it’s not as easy as it looks. Worse yet, botched gaff shots quite regularly lead to lost fish. In fact, more fish are probably lost during gaffing and…