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Fishing in Reedville

Inshore, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Reedville

Full Day Fishing Trip - 40’ Evans

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40 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Rock Hall

Inshore Fishing Charter in Rock Hall

Chesapeake Bay Half-Day Rockfish Trip

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Fishing in Virginia Beach

Inshore Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Trip

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $720
Fishing in Virginia Beach

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach

VA Beach Nearshore Action

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $700

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Fishing in Reedville
Fishing in Reedville
Fishing in Reedville
trip description for Full day Fishing Trip - 40’ Evans in Reedville

Hop on board with Captain Buck and spend a day exploring the beautiful Chesapeake waters around Reedville, VA! Use a variety of different fishing techniques to chase down some Cobia, Redfish and the coveted Striped Bass on this all-day fishing experience. Whatever approach you use, Captain Buck will put you in the best position to hunt down that trophy fish with his years of experience. His spacious and comfortable 40' Evans boat comes with tons of amenities and has the equipment you need for that next big catch! All rods, tackle, reels and bait are included. Captain Buck even has you covered on your fishing licenses. All you need to bring if some food and drinks and you're ready for your adventure. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Reedville

Full Day Fishing Trip - 40’ Evans

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40 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
Fishing in Virginia Beach
Fishing in Virginia Beach
Fishing in Virginia Beach
trip description for Chesapeake Bay Fishing Trip in Virginia Beach

A Nearshore adventure consists of a few more options like fishing the Chesapeake Bay or from the Bay Bridge Tunnel to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for species like Striped Bass(Rockfish), Flounder, Croaker, Spot, Red Drum, Cobia, Sheepshead, Spadefish and Shark. Another charter destination we head to is the Chesapeake Light Tower (14 miles from Rudee Inlet), where you will fish for Black Sea Bass, Tautog, Sheepshead, Cobia, Flounder and Spadefish. Spadefish is a great fight pound for pound on light tackle. Another option available is to stop at some of the nearshore wrecks located along the Virginia Beach coastline up to 25 miles from Rudee Inlet. There you will be targeting Black Sea Bass, Spadefish, Flounder, Triggerfish, Tautog, and Shark. These are great trips to fill up your cooler after a long day on the water — you may even get a chance to see other marine life such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles. Come out and enjoy all the beautiful coastal waters that Virginia Beach has to offer with Captain Kevin and crew. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Trip

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $720
Fishing in Virginia Beach
Fishing in Virginia Beach
Fishing in Virginia Beach
trip description for VA Beach Nearshore Action in Virginia Beach

Head out with Captain Kevin for an inshore charter adventure off of Virginia Beach for popular species including Striper, Sea Bass, Bonnethead Sharks, Spadefish, and more! There are also a plethora of different Shark species that swim in the coastal waters surrounding Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay during the summer months, including Hammerheads, Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, and more! Because of its mild climate, Virginia Beach charter fishing is great all year round. Our warmer waters bring many fish species to the region.  Add to this the Chesapeake Bay close by, and you can see why the Virginia Beach coast is one of the best saltwater angling regions in the world. Captain Kevin is dedicated to providing a five-star experience and would love to show your party a great and memorable time while visiting us in Virginia Beach fishing with Captain Kevin. No matter how old they are, kids love fishing! Captain Kevin is standing by to give your entire family some great fishing experiences that will add timeless memories to your vacation. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach

VA Beach Nearshore Action

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $700

Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Chesapeake Bay

What are the best fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay?

The best fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay are:

Why should I book a fishing charter in Chesapeake Bay with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trips in Chesapeake Bay, and the most popular trips in the area are Full day Fishing Trip - 40’ Evans guided by Buck, Chesapeake Bay Fishing Trip guided by Kevin, and Chesapeake Bay Half-Day Rockfish Trip guided by Wayne.

Our guides in Chesapeake Bay are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3161 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.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Chesapeake Bay? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Chesapeake Bay.

What types of fishing charters are common in Chesapeake Bay?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Chesapeake Bay as well as nearshore fishing and river fishing.

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

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

How much do Chesapeake Bay fishing charters cost?

in Chesapeake Bay prices can range anywhere from about $718 to $1,771, but the average price for a half day trip in Chesapeake Bay is $1,280. The average price for a full day trip in Chesapeake Bay is $962.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

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 61 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

  • ★★★★★
    Highly knowledgeable guide and hard working mate. Capt. Buck and Rodney provided top notch guiding and service and, in spite of foul weather, kept us on the bite throughout the day. Highly recommended by a seasoned fisherman.

    William C. with Buck S. of Reedville, Virginia

  • ★★★★★
    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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