Trolling

April 24, 2019
Trolling, chunking, and jigging are popular methods for pursuing offshore gamefish, and all three tactics are effective – but not every day. The savvy tuna angler keeps options open when running…
March 28, 2019
Last month in Gearing Up Part I: Choosing the Ideal Ultralight we looked at one end of the spectrum and this month, we're heading to the opposite end as we consider the best trolling gear. Using the…
March 24, 2019
As satisfying as setting your own favorite spring trophy striper trolling spreads and trolling with planer boards on your personal boat can be, a trip aboard a charter can be a welcome break. Someone…
September 21, 2018
Fishing under working birds is always fun, but it doesn't always result in a fish dinner. Flock after flock of birds are working on the horizon, yet you go home with an empty cooler? You’ve caught…
August 4, 2018
Spanish mackerel are like mini-pelagics of Chesapeake Bay fishing. They’re lightning-fast speedsters with a lot of pullage-per-pound, and although they’re only in our neck of the woods for the summer…
June 21, 2018
Offshore anglers catch a host of pelagics, and chunking for tuna is an excellent way to fill the fishbox, but charter clients and a good piece of the private fleet leaves the inlet daily with the…
May 30, 2018
Last month we looked at tips and tricks to save a slow day of offshore trolling, and this month, we'll look at how to set a mixed trolling spread. The list of items required to put an offshore trip…
April 6, 2018
You’ve re-spooled the reels, combed out the parachutes, taken the boat for its shake-down cruise, and as you read this right now your hands are probably shaking with anticipation of the fact that one…
March 23, 2018
Some people enjoy light tackle jigging for stripers and others like to try chumming, but as a general rule of thumb, most spring trophy seasons trolling will be the number-one most effective way to…
March 12, 2018
Many kayak anglers, myself included, enjoy light tackle trolling for stripers from kayaks. Some anglers concentrate on deeper water, but kayak trolling in shallow water (often six feet or less) can…
January 11, 2018
Pop Quiz: You pull back the throttles, take out the rods, and get ready to set your striped bass summer trolling spread. You heard from a reliable source that the fish were running about 20 feet…
December 4, 2017
Don't fall victim to those winter doldrums, and don't start winterizing your boat just yet, because a popular winter fishery has developed on the ocean side of the DelMarVa Peninsula: trolling for…
July 16, 2017
There’s a world of difference in how to most effectively troll for stripers, depending on the season—and now that the summer’s in full swing and schoolies are a main target for anglers on the…
June 21, 2017
Offshore trolling with spinning reels loaded with braided line isn’t quite as crazy as it once seemed. Today’s spinners can put out more drag pressure and stand up to heated runs far better than…