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.

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…
February 19, 2022
As the first signs of spring arrive most of us have yellow perch on the mind, since the “ring perch” run first in the tributaries and March is often a prime time to target them. Look instead to tidal…
January 28, 2022
While the inshore waters of the Chesapeake Bay are in their wintery slumber, the trout fishing in the highlands is on fire. This lull between deer season and the spring saltwater bite is the ideal…
January 18, 2022
My father taught me how to fish, my Uncle Jimmy taught me to love fishing but always had old boats that were somewhat less than reliable, which led to many adventures on the water including the time …
December 23, 2021
Giant bluefin tuna are the stuff fishing dreams are made of. Few fish can match the bluefin tuna for sheer size and power, few places can match the Outer Banks of North Carolina for winter bluefin…
December 21, 2021
Blade baits and largemouth bass in the Mid-Atlantic zone… hmmm. I always thought it was a Mid-South, cold weather Tennessee Valley type of gig for deep-water spotted bass, and maybe some white bass…
December 7, 2021
Most anglers have made these mistakes at one point or another, but fishing beginners might not even realize the practices that could be the difference between an empty cooler or a full one. Save…
December 5, 2021
Winter striped bass fishing in the open Atlantic requires fortitude, motivation, and for most anglers, plenty of hot coffee. Yes, in the areas these fish range during this time of year it’s going to…
November 15, 2021
When the temps drop it’s prime pickerel season in these here parts — here are some tips that will help you get those toothy critters on the line. Note the water temperature on the fishfinder, at…
November 13, 2021
We cover the surf fishing basics in our Surf Fishing How-To Guide, but more advanced anglers may want to try fishing the surf with artificial lures. And poppers and chuggers can be a great choice for…
November 1, 2021
When it comes to light tackle jigging, many seasoned Chesapeake Bay anglers take the basics for granted. And if you grew up jigging all the time it’s no wonder. The elemental motions, concepts, and…
October 27, 2021
Most people who know me know that I have a longstanding addiction to panfish species, especially bluegill and crappie. Throw in the possibility of catching trophy-class fish and the addiction only…
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…