Cape Charles fishing charters offer some of the best action on Virginia’s eastern shore. Whether you’re a family looking for an outdoor adventure or a seasoned pro, the calm waters in the Chesapeake Bay or mighty Atlantic provide prime conditions for a range of fish.
If you’re fishing here during Striped Bass season, you’re in luck. Cape Charles has one of the most thriving fisheries on the East Coast for these monsters – known locally as Rockfish. Other inshore bay targets include Black Drum, Spadefish, and Cobia. The eastern shore also sees massive Tarpon along the Cape’s barrier islands come summertime. Head into the Atlantic to hook big offshore fish including Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin.
To land a record-breaking Rockfish, you’ll want to opt for a full day in the Lower Chesapeake Bay. The same goes for large pelagic fish in the Atlantic. Opting for a half day trip on the surrounding bays can be just as productive and you’re in for your fair share of the action depending on the season.
Cape Charles’ favorable position means you can bring home catch from both the bays and the Atlantic in a day’s work. If you’re looking to focus your fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, you’ll head out from one of several boat ramps in Cape Charles Harbor. For fishing trips centered primarily on Atlantic targets, opt for a charter launching out of the eastern end of the Cape.
Rules & Regulations
Most fishing charters in Cape Charles take care of your fishing licenses. In the event that they don’t, all anglers 16 and older will need to purchase a fishing license online or from a licensed agent. It’s also worth checking up on open season for certain species, especially Rockfish, to avoid disappointment.