chesapeake bay

July 18, 2024
After a lifetime of dreaming and procrastination, I finally did it: I built a boat with my own two hands. I’ll admit that I cheated a bit by buying a kit, which included all the wood and detailed…
July 14, 2024
Cutlassfish, AKA ribbonfish, AKA hair-tail, seem to be on a serious tear. Once they were an occasional oceanic catch, then they invaded portions of the southern Chesapeake in big numbers, and last…
June 28, 2024
For the past few years we've seen a terrific cobia bite in the lower and lower-middle Chesapeake Bay, as well as inshore along the DelMarVa coast. If you pay attention to our Way South Chesapeake…
June 28, 2024
One of the bright spots in Chesapeake Bay fishing in recent years has been the abundance of cobia. The season of 2021 wasn’t quite as hot as the blockbuster of 2020, but then 2022 and 2023 were…
June 28, 2024
Cobia are unique among the species searched out by anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing, because of their massive size and tremendous strength. Fishing for cobia can be tough, but any angler who…
June 26, 2024
Before you put a bait on a hook, you’ll have to go and catch it, and that’s why last month in Hit the Spot Part I, we looked into how to catch live spot, one of the most common rockfishs live baits…
June 23, 2024
Is the heat of summer giving you the blues, when it comes to jigging for stripered bass? Well, here’s some good news—it always feels cooler out on the water. So when sweat starts pouring down your…
June 23, 2024
Whether you go Chepaeake Bay fishing for striped bass 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…
June 21, 2024
Tandem rigs are an excellent way to jig deep for suspended fish, like weakfish or striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay. They’re also effective when trout school up just off the coast. Wait a sec—we’ve…
June 6, 2024
Attention anglers: you may remember from a previous alert, Angler Alert Another Rockfish Reg Shakeup, that back in January after the DNR announced an Emergency Action to close trophy season we were…
May 30, 2024
We all know printed fishing reports are generalized and weeks have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely, up-to-date reports, visit our Reports section. Current reports will be…
May 16, 2024
Chesapeake Bay fishing is best known for great light tackle striped bass action—there are not many places on earth where a person can get into huge slugs of predatory fish and catch them one after…
May 10, 2024
A huge flurry of fishing reports of speckled sea trout has come in, and these fish are being caught in areas from the Elizabeth clear up to the Choptank. And while few anglers focus on speckled sea…
May 3, 2024
People, prepare your pitchforks and torches — I propose a new extra tax on anglers. Now, some of you may think that you already pay enough in taxes but clearly this is not the case because some very…
April 27, 2024
It was Memorial Day weekend on the mouth of the Choptank River, and the fishing was unusually quiet. The water was so clear you could make out every little shell and pebble on the sandy bottom. I…
April 20, 2024
This month we pose some questions about fishing in May and about catching Chesapeake Bay bull reds to Captain Steve Griffin, of Griffin’s Guide Service. Captain Steve hoists his best catch ever!…
April 17, 2024
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in fishing, but in recent years targeting blue catfish has become about as close as it gets in many Maryland waterways. Channel cats have been around for decades…
March 28, 2024
We all know printed fishing reports are generalized and weeks have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely, up-to-date reports, visit our Reports section. Current reports will be…