Tactical Angler: Fishing Tactics

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

January 15, 2020
Hatchery-raised rainbows may not be as wary as wild trout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy to catch all the time, either. Sure, there are days when you’ll fill your stringer in minutes…
January 11, 2020
If we get a decent Mid-Atlantic ice fishing season this year, many anglers will employ tip-ups. But these much-maligned devices are anything but set-it-and-forget-it pieces of equipment. In fact, how…
December 18, 2019
With only a very narrow window of 48-hours of safe ice fishing conditions last winter, I still somehow managed to dodge this snow event and that cold spell to put a pretty good hurtin’ on bass,…
December 4, 2019
Popping corks have been around for ages, and are used extensively along the Gulf Coast and Florida for species like red drum and speckled trout. But those of us who’ve tried importing popping cork…
November 28, 2019
Jigging for summer stripers is one thing, but jigging them up in the cold is a different gig. As water temps in the mainstem Chesapeake Bay drop down in to the 40s those stripers start hugging the…
November 21, 2019
Okay, I admit it: up until this past winter had I stopped targeting chain pickerel in specific, for many, many years. They aren’t an ideal food-fish, while other winter species like yellow perch and…
October 30, 2019
Yes, water temps are falling, but no, that doesn’t mean your snakehead adventures are over for the season – you just need to alter the tactics a bit. As things cool off the standard topwater bite on…
October 27, 2019
As the water chills out this month, LTT (light tackle trolling) is a tactic many anglers in search of schoolie stripers should consider. Especially when you aren’t 100-percent sure where the fish are…
October 19, 2019
You want to catch some mega-monster fall slab crappie? Of course you do! And casting artificials is a great way to put ‘em in the cooler. When you set out to target these fish, remember these three…
September 11, 2019
Let's say you’re out jigging with six-inch plastics like BKDs this fall and you see tons of marks just over a shell bottom, but get only short strikes. Finally, you hook a small striper and reel it…
September 9, 2019
Many sharpies like to bounce jigs or Gulp! while fishing for flounder in the Chesapeake and nearby coastal DelMarVa bays, but this type of fishing does take a certain amount of expertise. Beginners…
September 7, 2019
Everyone knows that tides and currents have an effect on fishing, including and especially Chesapeake Bay fishing, but few anglers ever master the art of utilizing tides and currents to their fullest…
September 1, 2019
Fish like bigeye tuna and marlin might steal the spotlight all summer long, but as fall sets in making the time for those long offshore runs gets tougher and tougher. The kids have gone back to…
August 1, 2019
Despite their aerial antic, awesome colors, and willingness to eat when many other offshore species seem lock-jawed, truth be told, for many offshore trollers mahi-mahi (properly called dolphinfish)…
July 18, 2019
Okay, just because you own a fishing boat don’t click out just yet - let’s talk about wade fishing and why you shouldn’t limit yourself to casting against the shoreline or zipping across the lake to…
July 4, 2019
Nah, no one really chunks for billfish, do they? Not around here – but if you spend enough time chunking for tuna in the Mid-Atlantic region, sooner or later you’ll look over the transom to see a…
June 30, 2019
Whether you’re a dozen miles from the inlet, 30 miles out, or 60-plus miles at the Baltimore Canyon, any time you see the floats of commercial fishing pots you’re in luck. All too often people run…
June 26, 2019
Since I was a child growing up one of my favorite ways to fish was hopping into a local stream in quest for swift-water smallmouth bass, and years later I would own a car, and rivers such as the…