Tactical Angler: Fishing Tactics

Fishing tactics and techniques used on the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and surrounding freshwater fishing areas are covered in depth.

February 13, 2019
If you want to catch chain pickerel, few offerings will ever top a big, fat mummichog minnow in both fresh and brackish waters. The key to using them effectively, however, lies in the presentation.…
January 24, 2019
Striped bass are the number-one target when it comes to Chesapeake Bay fishing, and it’s no wonder why striper fishing is so amazingly popular: stripers bite willingly, fight hard, and taste great.…
January 16, 2019
If you want to score on true doormat flounder next summer, the best places to head are often the wrecks and reefs between 15 and 25 miles out off the coast. But fishing these deepwater spots for…
January 8, 2019
A buddy with limited offshore fishing experience bought a new Grady-White, and asked for some assistance getting set up with equipment, rigging and tackle. So we made a trip to the tackle shop, where…
December 22, 2018
Crappie are plentiful, willing to bite in chilly weather, and excellent when breaded and fried – making them an ideal early winter target. Boat and yak anglers who can position themselves right next…
December 19, 2018
We hope you're keeping a close eye on the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports, because the holiday season is often the time of year when we get a shot at mass schools of cow stripers running down…
November 15, 2018
Few fish are as popular as redfish – and sometimes, it seems as though few are as tough to catch, which is why earlier this year we published How to Catch More Red Drum: Three Tips. But those tactics…
November 13, 2018
Though they say carp are delicious in some parts of the world (the sorts of places where they also eat bats, tarantulas, and monkey brains), this species isn’t what most of us would call excellent…
November 5, 2018
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that small, 1/12th to even quarter-ounce spoons can be absolute dynamite when fishing for species including bluegills, crappies, and white and yellow perch. The…
October 28, 2018
Will an electric trolling motor and virtual anchoring help you catch more fish on a Chesapeake-style boat? After spending the season with a new Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra equipped with Spot-Lock and…
October 12, 2018
Deceivers, Clousers, epoxy flies – all get gulped up by rockfish due to their ability to get down in the water column. But what about those days when the fish are close to the surface, eager to…
October 10, 2018
Will big stripers come back into the Bay this fall? Season to season this run varies quite a bit, and there’s no telling whether or not we’ll see ocean-run fish this year. Hopefully they’ll turn…
August 29, 2018
The inshore mahi fishing options are over for the season, and you want to cap off your offshore action of the year with some nice mahi-mahi to stock the freezer - before the weather gets too chilly…
August 25, 2018
Those who engage in Chesapeake Bay fishing during the coming months will likely spot fish on the meter which are suspended at mid-depth. Suspended fish represent a big challenge to many anglers. How…
August 19, 2018
The night before an offshore fishing trip is usually set on a tight itinerary, but before you attempt to catch some Zs prior to a canyon excursion you should look up the latest offshore waters sea…
August 10, 2018
Surf fishing isn’t always the most productive form of angling, but it’s incredibly relaxing, and at times can produce a nice cooler full of fish. Ready to get in on some action in the suds? Be sure…
July 11, 2018
An economical sit-in kayak is all you need to go fishing in small, flatwater environs like the DelMarVa Eastern Shore millponds, ideal waters that could put you on bass or panfish. Nothing special –…
July 9, 2018
The next time you go wreck or reef fishing out of Indian River, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, or any other Mid-Atlantic port for sea bass or flounder at one of the many inshore sites, don’t forget that…