Tactical Angler: Fishing Tactics

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

June 18, 2019
While bottom fishing isn’t exactly the most artful form of Chesapeake Bay fishing, it has one advantage over just about any other technique: the best chance for red-hot fast action. Anyone who has…
June 3, 2019
Wouldn’t it be fun to take a class in kayak fishing as part of a college degree? Or, take a college class later in life to learn about a new sport? Well, now you can. The Anne Arundel Community…
May 17, 2019
Stocked trout have caught your attention? Or, maybe some big bluegills are swimming around in that pond? Then we sure hope you’re familiar with Float-N-Fly tactics, because especially on breezy days…
May 8, 2019
You want to get into some walleye? They can be found in many of our region’s rivers, from the Susquehanna in both Maryland and Pennsylvania down to the New River in Virginia. And a great way to…
May 6, 2019
My friend and intrepid FishTalk Head Art Dude Zach Ditmars took me kayak angling not long ago when he was testing a new Old Town Topwater PDL fishing kayak (see Old Town Topwater PDL Fishing Kayak…
April 30, 2019
Our kayak fishing pages and our Paddler's Edge columns are dedicated solely to yakkers, and I'm not a kayak fishing sharpie – so why the heck am I writing Paddler’s Edge this month?! Because my…
March 18, 2019
Anyone who plans to learn about Chesapeake Bay fishing needs to know about bucktail jigs, and how to fish with them. But before we get to tactics and techniques, here's a quick video that will help…
February 13, 2019
If you want to catch chain pickerel, few offerings will ever top a big, fat mummichog minnow in both fresh and brackish waters. The key to using them effectively, however, lies in the presentation.…
January 24, 2019
Striped bass are the number-one target when it comes to Chesapeake Bay fishing, and it’s no wonder why striper fishing is so amazingly popular: stripers bite willingly, fight hard, and taste great.…
January 16, 2019
If you want to score on true doormat flounder next summer, the best places to head are often the wrecks and reefs between 15 and 25 miles out off the coast. But fishing these deepwater spots for…
January 8, 2019
A buddy with limited offshore fishing experience bought a new Grady-White, and asked for some assistance getting set up with equipment, rigging and tackle. So we made a trip to the tackle shop, where…
December 22, 2018
Crappie are plentiful, willing to bite in chilly weather, and excellent when breaded and fried – making them an ideal early winter target. Boat and yak anglers who can position themselves right next…
December 19, 2018
We hope you're keeping a close eye on the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports, because the holiday season is often the time of year when we get a shot at mass schools of cow stripers running down…
November 15, 2018
Few fish are as popular as redfish – and sometimes, it seems as though few are as tough to catch, which is why earlier this year we published How to Catch More Red Drum: Three Tips. But those tactics…
November 13, 2018
Though they say carp are delicious in some parts of the world (the sorts of places where they also eat bats, tarantulas, and monkey brains), this species isn’t what most of us would call excellent…
November 5, 2018
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that small, 1/12th to even quarter-ounce spoons can be absolute dynamite when fishing for species including bluegills, crappies, and white and yellow perch. The…
October 28, 2018
Will an electric trolling motor and virtual anchoring help you catch more fish on a Chesapeake-style boat? After spending the season with a new Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra equipped with Spot-Lock and…
October 12, 2018
Deceivers, Clousers, epoxy flies – all get gulped up by rockfish due to their ability to get down in the water column. But what about those days when the fish are close to the surface, eager to…