Fishing for Beginners

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

June 14, 2024
A jig head is a jig head is a jig head, right? It has a hook and a lead head. Done deal. Well, sort of. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that there are about six kajillion different shapes, sizes, and…
May 5, 2024
If you've ever read a word or watched a video about Chesapeake Bay fishing, you've almost certainly heard about spinnerbaits. In fact, there are probably a few of them sitting in your tacklebox right…
March 24, 2024
The fishing rod market can be quite overwhelming with the gazillions of brands, materials, models, and actions offered nowadays. Knowing where to begin can be difficult. So, let’s take a look at…
March 4, 2024
Are you planning to take a kid fishing? These tips will help make your fishing adventure fun, enjoyable, and most importantly, something that your child and you will want to do again and again as you…
January 5, 2024
So, you want to get out on the water and take a cast from a kayak to catch that trophy fish, but you haven’t yet taken that first kayak fishing adventure? Here are 10 tips to take into consideration…
December 2, 2023
So, you want to try fly fishing? Terrific! I can think of no more challenging, yet fun way to fish. If you can get over any initial hesitation, it will be a lifelong passion and something you enjoy…
November 10, 2023
Even with a long list of tautog fishing tips in your hip pocket, tautog are among the most frustrating to try and catch. If you measure your success by the numbers this may not be the best target for…
September 17, 2023
Chesapeake Bay Fishing is downright awesome, and there’s a huge diversity of Chesapeake Bay fish to chase after. But whether you’re hunting for monster cobia at the Bay’s mouth, looking for…
September 9, 2023
When it comes to fighting fish, gear size is relative. Sure, you can feel 10-inch white perch tug against a 20-pound spinning rod as you crank it up, but crank it up is about all you’ll do. Engage in…
August 15, 2023
You say you picked up angling a few years ago and you’re not sure if you’re still considered a fishing beginner, or if you’ve made it to the intermediate phase? Part of knowing what you’re talking…
June 28, 2023
All forms of fishing require some level of knowledge and skill that must be built over time, but one of the easiest fish to target and catch is the catfish, even when it comes to hunting for those…
June 13, 2023
Whether you plan to live-line with spot or chum for cobia, you need to be able to set an anchor so it stays put. At least, that goes for anglers who don’t enjoy the option of hovering in place with…
June 4, 2023
Is there a kid alive who wouldn’t be thrilled to try fishing for sharks? We think not! Is there a more challenging, interesting species for a beginner angler to reel up to the surface of the water?…
May 6, 2023
If you missed our earlier installments, see Critical Rigging for Beginners, Part I: Critical Rigs and Rigging for Beginners, Part II: Rigging Lures. What’s the easiest way to fool a fish into biting…
April 10, 2023
If you missed last month's initial installment in this series, be sure to read Rigging for Beginners, Part I: Critical Rigs. Catching fish will keep those kids happy, and rigging up right is a must…
March 11, 2023
Of all the different things about Chesapeake Bay fishing, one that stymies beginners on a regular basis is rigging and rigs. In no small part this is partially due to the cryptic fishing lingo we…
February 23, 2023
Over the past summer I became a religious Loch Raven fisherman, though my skills on a spinner reel never yielded me much. On the reservoir’s banks I found myself distracted, often watching in awe as…
February 9, 2023
Countless anglers plying the waters of DelMarVa have used shad darts thousands of times and caught countless fish on them — without ever necessarily shad fishing. While fishing for shad can be a ton…