Bottom Fishing

Bottom Fishing

Author: Chesapeake Bay Magazine
Published: November 2, 2021

Explore the excitement that lurks at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. In this article CBM breaks down the best locations for bottom fishing, what to catch, and how to catch it.

“Who doesn’t need a break from this world of storms, both natural and tweeted? I suggest you hit the pause button on the run-and-gun style that’s become light-tackle jigging. Stow your trolling rods for a spell; set down the chum ladle; forget trying to break the national plug-casting distance record, and go bottom fishing—by which I mean, going for species that swim or settle near or on the Bay’s floor such as flounder, Atlantic croaker (hardheads), white perch, black drum, black sea bass, catfish, hogchokers, and so on.

One of the great things about the Chesapeake Bay is there is no shortage of places to drop a line all the way down off a pier, from shore, from a bridge, or a skiff, dingy, paddleboard, canoe, or kayak. Who knows how many personal-best fish, and probably a few state records, have been set by folks plunking down bloodworms to while away the hours?”


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