February Black Seabass Season Is Now Confirmed & Booking Trips!
Captain Scott Horton has many years of fishing experience.
Fishing is our passion. We will go above & beyond to put you on fish.
You want to give yourself the best possible opportunity at filling the box with meat or catching a trophy fish! Our 36 ft Albemarle Express Sportfisher is one of the best built & reliable fishing vessels on the planet. We take pride in keeping a clean, well maintained & organized vessel.
SIX MAXIMUM ALLOWED PER CHARTER. You are not required to bring six but the price does not change for smaller groups.
No. The Boat has a license that covers everyone onboard.
Yes. There is a private enclosed full bathroom with sink & shower on the boat.
Safety is our primary concern. During inclement weather. Fishing trips may be rescheduled or even canceled if the captain deems it necessary. Inclement weather would be...High Winds, Rough Seas, or Heavy Rain for the entire day. **FULL REFUND OF DEPOSIT WILL BE GIVEN - ONLY IF CAPTAIN DECIDES IT'S UNSAFE TO FISH**
Yes, The mate will help as much OR as little as you want. He'll show you how to use the tackle, bait the hooks and bring the fish into the boat.
The mate works hard for your fishing pleasure. Please keep in mind that the mate works for tips only. They are at the boat hours before your trip begins preparing all rods & reels, rigging baits, cleaning the boat, doing engine safety checks etc...they are also there for hours after the trip cleaning up as well. 15-20% of the charter fee is customary & is highly appreciated.
No. It's a simple fact of life that all fishing places, no matter how good or how many stories have been written about them, sometimes just don't produce fish on a given day. Some people feel there should be a guarantee when chartering a boat. However, what you're paying for is to be on a boat with the opportunity to catch a large fish and the story of a lifetime. While we have a long history of successful fishing, There are NO GUARANTEES when it comes to catching fish.
ABSOLUTELY! But keep in mind, the time of year, location, water conditions, water temperature, barometric pressure, underwater currents, the stars and the moon dictate what bites and what doesn't. We'll let you know what's biting the best the day of your charter because we want you to catch fish! But the bottom line is, we'll make every effort to fulfill your request.
Whatever is needed to be comfortable. Hats, Sunglasses Sunscreen, Small cooler for drinks & food, Weather appropriate clothing, Raingear if necessary. Extra cash for mate tip & fish cleaning fees. We provide all fishing gear, Bait, Ice & Tackle
Tanning oils & spray on sunscreens on a boat can be very dangerous and should be saved for the beach. Nobody wants to try to hold onto something and find themselves in the ocean because there was oil left on that part of the boat from another passenger. Wipe on sunblock is fine. NO GLASS BOTTLES! Please bring cans, as broken glass on a boat can be very dangerous. No large coolers for fish. Please leave them in your vehicle until the end of the trip. We have plenty of storage for fish on the boat.
Typically yes...but this question depends on the type of trip you booked, how many fish were caught, time of day your trip ends & if we have another group coming right after your group. Either way there are fish cleaners at the marina & there are fish cleaning stations at the marina if you prefer to do it yourself.
No. The professional fish cleaners at the marina typically charge a fee per fish. Price will depend on the type of fish & how many there are. If we clean the fish we charge the same fees as to not undercut the marina. You should alway bring extra cash on fishing charters for mate tip & fish cleaning fees.
January - Striped Bass fever is in full swing in January in Virginia Beach. This is peak season for catching a 'Rockfish,' the local name for the Chesapeake Bay's favorite fish. Don't forget about Tautog & Black Seabass or maybe even an inshore Bluefin Tuna! Also... Look for migrating Humpback Whales & Dolphins during your trip!
February - Wreck Fishing for Black Seabass is a great option when season is open & Striped Bass fishing continues to light up the Chesapeake Bay. Bring in these hard-fighting fish until your arms hurt. This will warm you up regardless of what the grim February weather throws at you.
March - Temperatures finally start to rise into the mid 60s by the end of the month. This is not the peak season for fishing but you can catch yourself a good deal at a hotel, if not some Striped Bass, Tautog and Speckled Trout.
April - As temperatures start to get serious about transitioning to spring, so does the fishing. Yellowfin Tuna start to appear offshore, with Bigeye, Wahoo, Marlin & Mahi Mahi hot on their heels. Inshore, Black/Red Drum and Speckled Trout are biting.
May - Spring is definitely here, and peak fishing season starts. Everything is biting from mid May through October. Look out for Spadefish, Cobia, big Red & Black Drum in the Chesapeake Bay or large schools of Yellowfin tuna & Mahi Mahi in the offshore waters of Virginia Beach.
June - Cobia start to invade the Inshore coastal waters & Chesapeake Bay, making for excellent sight fishing through September. Offshore trips target Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and White/Blue Marlin.
July - Summer fishing continues to bring in big pelagics offshore like White & Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo & Tuna and Virginia Beach charter fishing is the perfect way to have fun and escape the crowds in peak season. Don't miss the Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament. Inshore there is Spanish or King Mackerel, Bluefish, Ribbonfish, Spadefish & More!
August - White Marlin, Mahi Mahi & Wahoo fishing gets even better than ever, while Blue Marlin remains excellent. The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament makes the most of the bite. Closer to shore, catch Red Drum, Cobia, Spanish or King Mackerel.
September - Temperatures cool and the crowds disperse. And while hotel prices might drop, the fishing doesn't. This is peak season for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna Offshore. Inshore the Big Red Drum, King Mackerel and Speckled Trout are the talk of the town.
October - October is most certainly fall, and you will find the cooler temperatures agree. But if fall means one thing in Virginia Beach, it is Stripers. The best thing is, most of the summer species are still around, too.
November - Along with Stripers, November means fishing for Speckled Trout, Tautog, Flounder, and Sea Bass. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna is still going strong, and the occasional Bluefin Tuna may even come in close to shore.
December - Only the hardiest of fish remain in Virginia Beach in the winter. But hey, what does that matter when Rockfish, Tautog & Seabass is as hardy as they come? A festive meal of big Striped Bass never hurt anyone.
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