chesapeake bay

January 8, 2022
Anyone who's ever tried Chesapeake Bay Fishing has almost certainly stumbled into a tackle store to grab some lures at one time or another, and struggled to pick which colors to go with. With a…
January 6, 2022
For timely, up-to-date fishing intel, visit our Fishing Reports pages. Current reports will be published every Friday by noon — just in time for your weekend fishing adventures. For the long view…
January 2, 2022
A common theme from commercial fishermen during the research phase of a 1990s national study of fishing vessel safety was, “We don’t go far offshore, so we don’t need new safety requirements.” Wrong…
December 29, 2021
Forty-one years reef fishing out of Ocean City, Maryland now. Never know when checkout time is, but I’d sure like to see a bluer ocean before my time’s up. It’s 100-percent doable. Repairing the Mid…
November 29, 2021
For timely, up-to-date fishing intel, visit our Fishing Reports pages. Current reports will be published every Friday by noon — just in time for your weekend fishing adventures. For the long view…
November 27, 2021
To Chesapeake Bay fishing sharpies and non-fishers alike, the names are unmistakably Native American in nature: Pocomoke, Wicomico, Rappahannock, and of course, Susquehanna. These Chesapeake tribs…
November 17, 2021
The Fish For a Cure tournament of 2021 is a wrap, and it was another fantastic year for battling cancer by fishing. Sixty-two teams participated, with Liquid Creative winning the Heaviest Rockfish…
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…
October 21, 2021
By Thanksgiving Day most Chesapeake Bay anglers will winterize their boats, leaving them covered by shrink wrap. Outboards will be fogged, inboards will be drained, and rods and reels will be stowed…
October 14, 2021
Editor's note: we don't usually post letters to the editor online, but with so many contentious issues in fisheries management these days ranging from the Modern Fish Act to menhaden, it's hard to…
October 12, 2021
There’s no cabin on this boat, much less any air conditioning beyond the natural Chesapeake breeze. The seats are plain benches. The boat’s performance is on par with a small barge. It’s painted…
October 8, 2021
You know the scenario: there’s patchy bait on the meter scattered at all depths, and you can see the telltale arches of big striped bass on the hunt. But they’re not sitting near bottom nor are they…
October 2, 2021
There’s a chill in the air, water temps have dropped, and you’ll need to bundle up to go Chesapeake Bay fishing? That doesn’t mean warm-loving species like speckled sea trout have to come off the…
September 28, 2021
Why do we call striped bass rockfish? Because they like to reside around rocks, of course! And experienced Chesapeake anglers know that hot fishing is in store when you find a submerged rockpile or…
September 24, 2021
What’s the wiggliest, slimiest, feistiest, and perhaps grossest live bait around? Why, eels of course. A live eel will wrap itself around your wrist, drip stinky goo on your clothing, and slither…
September 13, 2021
When the wind kicks up a nasty chop at favorite main-stem hotspots, knowledge of Bay area geography and tributaries like the Chester River can save a fishing day. Advance preparation enables…
September 9, 2021
One of the coolest things about Chesapeake Bay fishing is that you just never know what will bite. And while there’s a long list of Chesapeake Bay species we target with regularity — ranging from…
September 3, 2021
Fall fishing is on the way FishTalkers, and that means red hot Chesapeake Bay fishing action up and down the DelMarVa zone and all along the coast! When the dog days of summer give way to a chill in…