Fishing News for Mid-Atlantic Anglers

August 20, 2019
Pound nets are found throughout the Chesapeake Bay waters – every time you drive past those lines of poles with nets hanging from them, you’re going by a pound net. Commercial fishermen use the nets…
August 17, 2019
Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are both present in the Mid-Atlantic region, but Spanish mackerel are far more prevalent and fishing for Spanish mackerel is popular when Chesapeake Bay fishing. It…
August 13, 2019
Red drum, also known as redfish, are one of the top targets of many anglers when they go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. Big red drum like this are the stuff reams are made of. Photo courtesy of…
August 7, 2019
Since it’s the height of summer and thus a time of high mortality among released fish, especially stripers (see Striped Bass Population: The Controversy Continues for more details), this month we set…
August 5, 2019
Striped Bass are often targeted by those who enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing, and are one of the most popular sportfish in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rockfish, as they’re known on the Bay, can be found…
July 30, 2019
If you think you're a decent billfish angler or consider yourself a lucky fisherman, then two tournaments are coming up this month that you may want to consider entering: the White Marlin Open and…
July 20, 2019
Few events have had such a dramatic impact on our region’s fisheries as the recent explosion of northern snakeheads. This “new” species may have been around in our waters for well over a decade, but…
July 12, 2019
Whether you’re fishing for sport, dinner, or profession, when you swing your catch out of the water it’s a triumphant moment – but what if the fish you caught could also contribute to valuable…
July 8, 2019
Opening day of rockfish season, I’m dusting off my old work boots and grabbing a pair of chore gloves. Not to catch that trophy fish, but to meet a group of dedicated volunteers who in rural southern…
July 6, 2019
Editor's Note: After this article was written but prior to publication, NOAA opened a public comment period on this very topic; be sure to see Angler Public Input Needed, if the following boils your…
June 20, 2019
NOAA needs to hear from recreational anglers regarding the MRIP numbers they use to calculate how many fish we can catch. The following open post by Captain Monty Hawkins is being reprinted here,…
June 16, 2019
Remember when you were just a little tyke, waddling down the dock while you clutched your Mickey Mouse rod in one hand and dad’s fingers in the other? Remember how he threaded a worm onto the hook,…
June 1, 2019
In late March the Gulf of Maine Research Institute held one of their Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) workshops in Hanover, Maryland. The aim of MREP is to provide the recreational angling…
May 19, 2019
Welcome to summertime, Mid-Atlantic anglers, and the awesome fishing that goes along with it – and welcome back to another edition of FishTalk, where we remain as dedicated as ever to helping you…
May 10, 2019
June is a big month for fishing tournaments in Maryland and Virginia, especially for anglers who enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing. You think you're up for the competition? Tournament anglers should tune…
May 1, 2019
Spring Commissioning for Your Boat: A Not-Awfully-Annoying Special Advertising Section That You’ll Hopefully Find Helpful. We certainly hope that late last year you took the time to properly…
April 30, 2019
What did we really learn from today’s Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) meeting, regarding future striped bass regulations? That we anglers will be on pins and needles for a while…
April 28, 2019
I was zinging along at nearly 40-mph, headed for a hot bite in the mouth of the Potomac River between Point Lookout and Smith Point, with the stereo cranking at full volume. Cool tunes, smooth waters…