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.

February 16, 2024
Yes, we know it's chilly and the summer species we love to chase after have long departed the Chesapeake Bay fishing scene, but that doesn't mean you can't get a bend in your rod. Layer up, brew some…
February 13, 2024
Throughout much of our region local and state agencies stock what has come to be known as the golden trout, which traditionally supplements routine stockings of rainbow trout and have been heralded…
February 10, 2024
Captain Marcus gets the anchor set and his mate Tommy starts tossing out lines one after the next, but before the fourth one flies over the side a rod starts bending and the reel starts singing. As…
February 6, 2024
The same deep drop bottom fish species we go after during the warmer months of the year, like golden tilefish, don’t disappear. And some deep dwellers like wreckfish actually bite better than they do…
January 14, 2024
We know it's the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some action, whether it's Chesapeake Bay Fishing or casting in sweetwater. Or, at the very least, catching up on some tackle…
January 8, 2024
If your jigging lures of choice are soft plastic paddletails or jerk baits, what size should you use during each season while fishing for striped bass? Listening to the AIC, FishTalk contributor Eric…
December 17, 2023
The chain pickerel is one of the few species of Mid-Atlantic gamefish that generally bites better through the winter months than through the summer. Still, even during the colder months of the year,…
November 20, 2023
Every year like clockwork December rolls around — and we anglers in the Chesapeake Bay fishing zone love this time of year for many reasons. Yes, it gets a bit chilly. But here in Chesapeake Country…
November 10, 2023
Even with a long list of tautog fishing tips in your hip pocket, tautog are among the most frustrating to try and catch. If you measure your success by the numbers this may not be the best target for…
November 4, 2023
Cold fronts are pushing through and a chill has crept into the air — in freshwater venues and upper tidal rivers throughout our corner of the world, crappie will be trying to pack on the pounds…
October 17, 2023
Speckled sea trout are not pushovers. If you have read many of my articles you may have heard me say “Any fish, many fish, big fish, hard fish.” This is the progression most of us take as we get…
October 14, 2023
Jigging with a tandem rig is a great way to hook up with fall rockfish and white perch that are holding tight to deep structure and/or in strong current, but want small baits that are otherwise too…
October 10, 2023
Walking the bank of a mountain stream in search of native brook trout is a fine way to calm the nerves — your nerves, that is. Those brookies are as jumpy as any fish on the face of the planet, they…
October 6, 2023
As water temperatures fall striped bass begin to school up as they follow the bait out of the rivers — making for some of the best light tackle fishing anywhere in the world. Knowing how to maximize…
September 16, 2023
Trees lying in the water present something of a conundrum: we know they create some serious fish-attracting structure, but we also know they’re magnificent snag-machines. What tactics can you use to…
August 20, 2023
Weakfish, also known as yellow fin sea trout and gray trout, have not been a big part of Chesapeake Bay fishing in recent decades. In the past few seasons, however, growing numbers have popped up in…
August 18, 2023
Every serious flounder angler dreams of catching doormats — you know, those big trophy fish that make everyone say “wow.” And even though the occasional trophy flounder may be caught mixed in with…
August 15, 2023
We’ve covered standard-issue Spanish mackerel trolling tactics more than once in FishTalk, but it’s been a while and now that August is here most of the Chesapeake should be riddled with these…