Tactical Angler: Fishing Tactics

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

July 9, 2018
If you need to get deep, there’s no competition when choosing fly line. Sinking lines have the ability to dive deep at varying rates, which makes them integral to specific species and locales.…
June 23, 2018
Fly fishing takes many different forms, and fly fishing in saltwater is very popular in the Mid-Atlantic region, but a very different type of fly fishing called Tenkara is growing in popularity.…
June 8, 2018
With a bite pressure of four tons per square inch and dozens of dagger-sharp teeth, the mako shark jumps to mind when considering what species might be the most dangerous in the ocean. But that would…
May 21, 2018
Crappie are a great panfish to target, they make for a great fried fish dinner, and they're a species that you can catch while fishing in the Mid-Atlantic year-round. Ready to go on a crappie hunt?…
May 18, 2018
It's true that this winter's Bomb Cyclone temperature drops caused a speckled trout kill up and down the coast, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to catch specks this spring. In fact, our first…
April 9, 2018
A light breeze, blue skies, gentle southern swells, and clear clean water – it's the type of day every angler dreams of after their head hits the pillow for a couple hours of restless sleep the night…
April 6, 2018
You’ve re-spooled the reels, combed out the parachutes, taken the boat for its shake-down cruise, and as you read this right now your hands are probably shaking with anticipation of the fact that one…
March 26, 2018
Up and down the Mid-Atlantic coast this spring, offshore anglers will be watching with their fingers crossed for an early run of migratory yellowfin. This is a boom-or-bust bite, with lucky fishermen…
March 12, 2018
Many kayak anglers, myself included, enjoy light tackle trolling for stripers from kayaks. Some anglers concentrate on deeper water, but kayak trolling in shallow water (often six feet or less) can…
March 10, 2018
Smallmouth bass are awesome fighters, and can make a day on sweet-water thoroughly exciting. You’ll fin this species in both rivers and reservoirs, but those lake-bound smallmouth bass are most often…
March 8, 2018
You may not be able to keep American shad and hickory shad, but these species are one heck of a fun catch and historically, are an icon in our region – salted, smoked, and packed in barrels, during…
March 2, 2018
Stripers are one of the most popular fish in the Mid-Atlantic region (which is why we have so darn many striped bass fishing articles on FishTalk), but why do stripers act the way they do? How do…
February 11, 2018
Trout of all varieties are perfectly happy to feed in the cold, and in fact, they prefer chillier water than most species in the Mid-Atlantic region. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fishing…
February 7, 2018
Like the yellow perch found in tidal creeks, white perch will bite right through the winter months (even through the ice, when tidal rivers freeze over). But catching them in the winter months is…
January 17, 2018
Whether you’re ice fishing for bluegills at Deep Creek Lake or trying to get some mid-winter yellow perch on the line at Port Deposit, “pounding” is a winter-time technique that often works wonders…
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…