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 22, 2021
Mahi-mahi seem like they always want to eat everything and anything they can wrap their jaws around — until they don’t. Anyone who spends a significant amount of time bailing for them around…
May 22, 2021
As the oceanic waters warm up and angling options expand by leaps and bounds, one target of opportunity that provides a great change of pace is the spadefish. Found at inshore wreck and reef sites…
May 20, 2021
Everyone loves the wake generated by a snakehead attacking a topwater bait, but weather can shut off the topwater bite like flipping a light switch. That’s when many anglers might turn to suspending…
May 18, 2021
If you enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing during the summer months, chances are you’ve had days where you caught dozens and dozens of undersized rockfish in the quest to find a keeper or two. It’s great to…
May 1, 2021
If you’re going to try some spring trolling for yellowfin tuna, locating and working along temperature breaks is often the key tactic to success. So before making that long run offshore set yourself…
April 11, 2021
While many Chesapeake anglers may be upset over losing out on spring trophy striped bass fishing this month, truth be told, this is also an excellent time to fish for early season flounder. The…
April 9, 2021
As water temps creep up, we’re hitting that time of spring when largemouth bass anglers often get frustrated — very frustrated. With the pre-spawn phase coming to an end and the bass bedding down,…
March 16, 2021
Top spring yellow perch hotspots often have a run of white perch as well, but these are mostly in upper rivers and streams. If you don't live near one, however, spring also marks the first…
March 12, 2021
Most anglers know that freshwater fish like to eat small rodents and snakeheads in particular will eat just about anything, but we’re not about to suggest that anyone swing by the pet shop to grab…
March 8, 2021
When ice comes off the ponds and lakes, bluegill fishing gets hot. They’re out there, cruising around in vast, slow-moving schools and grazing like cattle on zooplankton and chironomids. They…
February 3, 2021
Spring largemouth bass fishing is right around the corner, and rainy days can trigger awesome bass bites in freshwater venues - especially if you tweak your tactics to fit the bill. What’s the number…
January 12, 2021
Rigging for tautog can make the difference between success and and empty cooler, and if you want to take home some big tautog for a fresh winter fish dinner, a snafu rig should be in your arsenal. …
January 10, 2021
As long as the fresher headwaters of tidal creeks and tributaries doesn’t freeze solid, a mixed bag of crappie, perch, pickerel, and bass awaits. One under-utilized method of prospecting for winter…
December 7, 2020
One target that can be depended on to bite right through the winter months is catfish, including those monster blue catfish found throughout our region. You’ll catch them by putting cut fish, chicken…
November 20, 2020
Many of us cruise down the DelMarVa peninsula on a regular basis during our fishing endeavors, whether it’s to hit a Chesapeake Bay fishing hotspot or reach the beach for some saltier action. But…
November 13, 2020
Slow trolling at walking speed is a great way to pick up pickerel, which are one of the few species in our area that’s sure to get more and more active this month as the water temps get chillier and…
November 11, 2020
One of the great things about late fall for shoreline anglers near the coast is that at this time of the year, you don’t necessarily need to have a boat to target tautog. True, bayside tog are…
October 26, 2020
Back in October of 2019, Ethan Dhuyvetter, a young angler-outdoorsman from Minnesota, began making the Mule Jig. With a name based on his grandfather’s love for the toughness and dependability of the…