The Virtual Show Must Go On

By Steve Chaconas The Virtual Show Must Go On Fishing lures cast today likely starred at an ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. The industry’s largest sportfishing trade show is produced by the American Sportfishing Association, located in Alexandria, VA. Decades of relationships have been forged and loads of tackleboxes filled when buyers, […]

The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column

By Steve Chaconas The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you’re in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the […]

From Go Fish to Don’t Fish – This Virus Bites!

By Steve Chaconas Round the clock news coverage, toilet paper hoarding, just about every business closed, March came in like prespawn and went out with social distancing. Worse than muddy spring waters, Coronavirus put a halt to tournament fishing across the country. At a time when anglers should have been taking fish photos, the CDC […]

Cyber Fishing

By Steve Chaconas Cyber Fishing National bass fishing magazines used to be the end all source for fishing information. The best writers and photographers shared secrets of the pros, the top 10 ways to fish any technique, and strategies for every season. These collections provided resources to improve angling success. However, the top publication, Bassmasters […]

Striped bass fishing cuts to hit Bay anglers harder than watermen

By Timothy B. Wheeler Striped bass fishing cuts to hit Bay anglers harder than watermen Critics question Maryland plan for ending overfishing, which also goes easier on charter boats Anglers in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will be limited to landing just one striped bass a day under new rules approved this week by […]

The River Runs Through It

The River Runs Through It By Steve Chaconas The Tidal Potomac River largemouth bass fishery is the most popular in the Mid-Atlantic region and the United States. In its 63 mile run from Washington, DC to the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac runs through 3 jurisdictions, 4 including the Potomac River Fisheries Commission. Over several decades […]

Consumption Assumption

By Steve Chaconas Consumption Assumption Blue catfish were introduced into the Potomac River as a gamefish in the 70s and 80s. Capitol Catfishing Captain Jason Kintner operates a year-round trophy catfish charter business. Can you eat blue catfish out of the Potomac River? Yes and not really. The River flows through the District of Columbia, […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts?

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts? Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person on the receiving end, there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! Choose gifts for on and off the water! Sport team logos on hoodies might show team spirit but won’t hold up. Walls has manufactured work wear, western […]

Angling Insight

By Steve Chaconas Angling Insight Fishing involves a collection of skills. Basically a fishing triangle is comprised of the base, which is casting, then lure presentation, and angling skills. Accuracy, distance and the ability to make these casts from different angles takes practice, but fundamentals can get anyone started and up to a high level […]

Annual Fly By

By Steve Chaconas Annual Fly By An annual fishing trip has to take place and scheduled about the same place and time every year, and with the same buddy.  This summer’s trip to the Lynchburg area certainly qualified. Not many occasions require setting the alarm for 2:30 AM to embark to southwest Virginia, five hours […]