Tackle for tidal Maryland bass is similar to fall tackle in larger lakes. Medium spinning spools with 6- to 12-pound-test line, medium-casting tackle with line to 20-pound-test and shallow lures are best. Fish with (clockwise from top) crankbaits, Texas-rigged soft plastics, yellow spinnerbaits (chartreuse works too, as do white buzzbaits) and topwater twin props. Early and late, buzzbaits and topwater chuggers produce explosive strikes, while shallow crankbaits work in open water. The bottom line is that bigmouth bass fishing is easy to do and easy to get to on tidal Maryland rivers in fall. "We've got quality fish and good numbers of fish," says Bob Lunsford of the state's brackish largemouth.