Tactical Angler

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…
May 12, 2017
Chumming is a pretty straightforward way to go after rockfish and bluefish. Just toss some ground fish over the side, and the fish will start eating... right? Well, maybe. But if you apply these…
May 4, 2017
Whether you go fishing for rockfish up north near the Bay Bridge or down south out of Norfolk, Virginia, you’ve probably seen those monstrous ships anchored up, waiting to enter ports and deliver or…
May 1, 2017
Blue catfish have been present in Virginia’s fresh and tidal waters for years, and now this species has made its way to the Maryland tributaries of the Chesapeake. Wherever you may live, blue cats …
March 11, 2017
DelMarVa's oceanic anglers love targeting sea bass, but with a bit of a longer run they can also put blueline tilefish into the mix. Often, these two species can be found together in huge numbers.…
February 24, 2017
During the dog-days of summer fishing can grow tough, and chumming for striped bass, jigging, and even live-lining with spot can fall flat. In this situation, night is likely the best time to fish.…
February 24, 2017
Gray triggerfish are an interesting—and frustrating—target for anglers. Though they’re common throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and can be found both inshore and offshore, these relatively small but…