Tactical Angler

December 11, 2017
A weather-window at this time of year can allow for one last shot at deep-water bottom-dwellers like blueline tilefish and knot-head sea bass (see Bass 'N Blue and watch our Offshore Bottom Fishing…
December 9, 2017
As a chill creeps into the air pickerel fishing in spots like tidal tributary rivers and the Eastern Shore millponds will only get better and better. And wherever you live in the Mid-Atlantic region…
December 4, 2017
Don't fall victim to those winter doldrums, and don't start winterizing your boat just yet, because a popular winter fishery has developed on the ocean side of the DelMarVa Peninsula: trolling for…
November 16, 2017
Keep up with the weekly fishing reports on FishTalkMag, because late fall often give Mid-Atlantic anglers a shot at bluefish as they churn their way down towards southern waters. Whether they’ll pass…
November 14, 2017
In certain parts of the Mid-Atlantic and particularly when it comes to Chesapeake Bay fishing, November can be the hottest striper month of the year. On occasion it can even out-rank the spring…
October 22, 2017
Fall is one of the best times to target wahoo in our region, especially along the 30 fathom lumps (though we note that recently, more have been caught farther out and at the canyons). This year they…
October 19, 2017
There’s an old saying that applies to kayak fishing, among other things: “If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” In other words, we perform the task at hand using the tools we have…
September 23, 2017
Early fall is a great time to target swordfish along the Mid-Atlantic coast—the fish are in feeding mode, but the weather is still fairly predictable and overnighters are possible. If you want to…
September 15, 2017
Offshore fishing success depends on knowledge and skill, and relates less to luck than most other forms of fishing. Why? Because it isn’t as simple as putting a worm on a hook and waiting for a bite…
August 19, 2017
Those who have gone night fishing for stripers already know that the night bite is often the right bite, but to effectively night fish you’ll need to adapt some new tackle and tactics. This chunky…
August 10, 2017
You can get lucky when fishing with bait or dragging lures through open water—even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again—but when it comes to fly fishing in saltwater, experience and know-how…
August 1, 2017
Is the heat of summer giving you the blues, when it comes to jigging for stripers? Well, here’s some good news—it always feels cooler out on the water. So when sweat starts pouring down your brow…
July 16, 2017
A few polished techniques separate those anglers consistently landing 40-inch fish from those catching the skunk. I’ve written extensively about trolling for striped bass in my first book, “Light…
July 4, 2017
Choosing the best lure color on any given day is no easy task—what worked yesterday won’t necessarily be the best choice today, and what worked at daybreak won’t necessarily be the best choice an…
June 21, 2017
Offshore trolling with spinning reels loaded with braided line isn’t quite as crazy as it once seemed. Today’s spinners can put out more drag pressure and stand up to heated runs far better than…
May 29, 2017
Last season we saw a terrific cobia bite in the lower and lower-middle Chesapeake Bay, and truth be told, many seasons there’s a good cobia bite in the Chesapeake’s southern reaches—as well as…
May 24, 2017
You’ve located tuna on the meter, hanging 75’ deep just below the thermocline. You shift into neutral, get your jigs over the side, and place them at a depth of exactly 90’. Then you lock up the reel…
May 23, 2017
Even if you’re not a tournament angler, fishing is something of a competitive sport. Pick any well-known fishing spot on the Chesapeake Bay, for example, and on any given sunny Saturday there’s…