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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Chesapeake Bay

What are the best fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 trips in Chesapeake Bay, and the most popular trips in the area are VA Beach Nearshore Action guided by Kevin, Chesapeake Bay Monster Reds guided by Jack, and Full day Fishing Trip - 40’ Evans guided by Buck.

Our guides in Chesapeake Bay are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7327 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

The most popular city to book a charter in is Reedville.

What types of fishing charters are common in Chesapeake Bay?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Chesapeake Bay as well as inshore fishing and river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Chesapeake Bay are: 1. cobia, 2. redfish, 3. striped bass, and 4. spadefish.

The most common fishing techniques in Chesapeake Bay are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but trolling and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Chesapeake Bay fishing charters cost?

in Chesapeake Bay prices can range anywhere from $600 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day trip in Chesapeake Bay is $650. The average price for a full day trip in Chesapeake Bay is $740.

What month is best for fishing in Chesapeake Bay?

The most popular season for fishing in Chesapeake Bay is spring, and most anglers book their trips 78 days in advance.

Do I need a Chesapeake Bay fishing license and what are the bag limits in Chesapeake Bay?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Chesapeake Bay, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Chesapeake Bay. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Chesapeake Bay.

Overview of Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a unique fishery that has a diversity of species and environments found nowhere else. People often separate the Bay into the Upper, Middle, and Lower Chesapeake Bay areas but you can divide this even further if you include the rivers and tributaries that feed into it. The Chesapeake Bay is a paradise for anglers with more spots to catch fish than you could ever explore.

Fishing in Chesapeake Bay Overview

Hit the Bay in early summer for black drum, perch, and spot fishing while late Summer into Fall is ideal for cobia, redfish, and even Spanish mackerel. If you love catching monster bull redfish or cobia Chesapeake bay needs to be on your bucket list. The shad run on the Virginia side can be particularly fun in the spring as well. The Chesapeake Bay is a gorgeous and inspiring place to visit that happens to have incredible fishing opportunities.

Trolling for Rockfish in the Bay

While the Chesapeake Bay is home to many species including bluefish, redfish, speckled trout, perch, and fluke, it is the striped bass(in the area commonly called rockfish) that takes the cake as the signature fish of the Bay. It is a state fish of both Maryland and Virginia because of its popularity among anglers for sport and food.

Trolling the Chesapeake Bay for rockfish is a great way for any angler to spend their day. Head out with an umbrella lure in the upper Bay during the May trophy season for your chance to land a beast. October (or Rocktober) is when the main season is firing on all cylinders and the fish go into a feeding frenzy when it starts to get colder. If trolling isn’t for you, rockfish arent too picky - you can fish with spoons as well, and many locals swear by nightcrawlers and bloodworms.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain and mate were really great, the fish was slow for everyone we met today but they never quit. We brought several home.

    Gerald J. with Kevin P. of Virginia Beach, Virginia

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