Fishing for Beginners

If you're just now trying to learn how to fish, our Fishing for Beginners articles are perfect for you. 

September 18, 2022
Pickerel are one of the handful of species of fish in the Mid-Atlantic region which hit their stride during the cooler months of the year, in creeks, rivers and lakes accessible by boat, via kayak…
September 6, 2022
One of the beautiful things about Chesapeake Bay fishing is that there’s no rule that can’t be broken, no prediction that can’t be right one day and wrong the next, and no one “correct” way to do…
August 9, 2022
ATTENTION BEGINNER ANGLERS: If your main goal is to catch something — anything with scales and a tail — you need to have white perch on your radar. White perch are one of the most prolific finfish in…
July 13, 2022
The Mid-Atlantic region boasts a wide variety of fishing opportunities that are sure to satisfy any angler's addiction, whether you hope to catch a croaker or bag a bluefish. But sometimes the right…
June 4, 2022
My Brother once commented “Fish are where you find them.” We laughed, but what could be closer to the truth? Striped bass, rockfish as we call them in Maryland, are fairly easy to catch once you find…
May 7, 2022
In the spring many anglers have their eyes set on fishing for striped bass, shad, and other early season bites, but there is a very rewarding method of fishing that’s often overlooked by anglers…
March 29, 2022
You will hear this fish called by many names: red drum, redfish, puppy drum for small ones, and bull redfish for very large ones. When I was young, the old timers in our area referred to them as…
February 5, 2022
Anyone who enjoys Chesapeake Bay fishing loves the Bay, which covers 4480 square miles, has a shoreline of 11,684 miles, and holds more than 15 trillion gallons of brackish water. Picking the locks…
December 7, 2021
Most anglers have made these mistakes at one point or another, but fishing beginners might not even realize the practices that could be the difference between an empty cooler or a full one. Save…
November 1, 2021
When it comes to light tackle jigging, many seasoned Chesapeake Bay anglers take the basics for granted. And if you grew up jigging all the time it’s no wonder. The elemental motions, concepts, and…
July 9, 2021
Although many different species of snakehead exist, the Northern snakehead are the ones to look out for when fishing in Chesapeake country—and as you surely know, fishing for snakeheads has become…
June 3, 2021
Smallmouth bass may share some similarities with their relative, the largemouth bass, but don’t let that fool you when it comes to fishing for them yourself. You are most likely to find these fish in…
May 10, 2021
Sheepshead are a somewhat common catch in coastal waters along the western Atlantic, as well as providing an unusual summer target for anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay Fishing in the Bay’s southern…
April 15, 2021
Not only do bluefish appear in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, but they can also be found in all of the world’s oceans. Bluefish are most commonly spotted in the Atlantic Ocean and situated…
March 14, 2021
The bass namesake is one that is shared by many species of fish, but none are quite as coveted by countless anglers as the largemouth bass – including many anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing in…
August 19, 2020
Black drum which derive their name from their black body and the drumming sound that they produce are a popular target for Chesapeake Bay fishing for both beginners and experienced fishermen, from…
July 28, 2020
Bluegills are a popular recreational fish for beginner fishermen and are primarily concentrated throughout freshwater bodies of water, and in fresh areas of tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. They…
July 22, 2020
Ribbonfish, otherwise known as cutlassfish, are a popular fishing target throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and have become a more common catch for those enjoying some Chesapeake Bay…