Fishing Experiences

There are essentially three different fishing experiences to choose from:
  • Bay/Ocean fishing for cobia, red drum, stripers, black drum, blues or spanish mackerel in the Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
  • Inshore/Flats for redfish, speckled trout and stripers in the Triton 220 LTS
  • Adventure: custom trip
Charter Length Bay / Ocean
(BW Outrage 320)
Inshore / Flats
{Triton 220 LTS}
Full Day 8-hour+ $950 $800
¾ day 6-hour $750 $650
½ day 4-hour $550 $550
Dusk or Dawn 3-hour / Optimal Fishing Time $450
Adventure Custom One to multiple days: price agreed upon prior to trip

Spring and summer cobia sight fishing trips usually start at 8:00 am (to allow the sun to get up for sight fishing) and end at 4pm. Trips will start earlier with a long run to the fishing grounds.

Fall (mid-August to mid-September) cobia trips usually start at day break and end at 3:30, as early structure fishing can be very productive.

Spring, fall and winter flats trips are scheduled around optimal fishing times, with tide, current, light, wind and moon phase all contributing to that equation. Full day trips are always available, but frequently tides call for fishing a shorter window when water depth allows for successful fishing. Trip charges are reflective of time on the water.

Capt. Wayne can pick you up at your hotel or meet at the ramp. After booking, there will be plenty of text/talk/email the day(s) before your trip to get those details ironed out.

Cobia fishing: The lower portion of the Chesapeake Bay is a massive body of water, 17 miles wide in some places with depths over 100 feet. Winds in excess of 10 knots make fly and light tackle casting difficult and winds greater than 15 knots are unfishable. We also need sun to sight fish. East winds usually bring heavy cloud cover over the bay; warm west winds usually bring sun on the bay, even when there are clouds over land.

Capt. Wayne will typically cancel windy or cloudy days. If there are flats opportunities with clouds or winds, he will offer them and you can decide.

Full refunds are provided for weather cancelations. If the day is only partially fishable due to weather, the cost of the day will be reduced according to the hours of the day fished.

Flats fishing: Winds are not as problematic and we can generally find the lee and productive fishing somewhere in Hampton Roads. Having said that, the whole goal is to have a pleasant fun day, so the weather policy is very liberal! If the wind is blowing 15+ knots or if it is raining hard, we can cancel with a full refund.

Fishing charters require a $200 deposit per day made concurrently with the reservation. Deposits can be paid online through our Booking Calendar after you contact us and we set a date. Final payment is due at completion of service and should be paid in cash, check or credit card. The client may cancel the reservation up to 21 days prior to the reserved date and receive a full refund of the deposit.

The deposit may be forfeited, at the captain’s discretion, if the reservation is canceled by the client less than 21 days prior to the reserved date. The captain reserves the right to cancel the reservation anytime due to weather or other unforeseen circumstance; in which case, the client may choose to reserve a new date or receive a full refund of the deposit.

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  • “Amber color lens” polarized sun glasses
  • Tackle is provided (both fly and spin) but most anglers like using their own tackle. That’s why you bought it!
  • 10, 11 & 12 wt. rods for cobia and big red drum.
  • WF floating lines with plenty of backing for June-July and floating and 300-450gr sink lines for late summer/fall cobia fishing. We may use both floating and sinking lines in the same trip.
  • 7,8 & 9wt. rods for the redfish, stripers and specks on the flats
  • WF floating or IS lines in spring, summer and fall, fast sinking lines in winter. Bring both floating and sinking line spools if you have them.
  • Rain gear (tops & pants) (better safe than sorry!)
  • A lightweight cap to keep sun out of your eyes.
  • Notify captain before trip of any special accommodations you may require
  • Any medications you may need while on board
  • Sun protection: long sleeve shirt, balaclava, hat with brim
  • Food and beverages. Bring a standard size cooler if you like: there is plenty of room on both boats.
  • Fishing license is provided for all aboard

Whatever you want!

This could be running off-shore to the Virginia Beach windmills for dolphin on fly, trailering to new places when reports come in that fishing is fantastic, or fishing multiple days from a specific port. If you want to explore new areas and you like my Tidewater on the Fly program, let’s discuss it and put a plan in place.

“Perfect Open Cobia-Day” Club Program

There will be a few days throughout the summer and fall, but particularly in August and September, when PERFECT conditions are forecasted: low wind and 100% sun…and I am not booked. I will send out an email to the POC-Day Club 24-72 hours (whenever I become aware of the forecast) in advance of one of these days. The email will detail the date, forecast, port of departure, reply time frame (typically 2 hours) and procedures.

This is a “first to reply” program. Many clients will want to share the charter fee, so if one to three POC-Day members book, I will notify the group and the daily charter fee will be split accordingly. No deposit is required, but full payment is expected. If you are typically available on short notice, please let me know and I will put you on the POC-Day Club.

Cobia fly fishing is one of the most difficult fisheries in the world.

Renown North Carolina fly guide Capt. Brian Horsley admits, “Sight fishing for cobia (on fly) is hard no way around it. It has humbled me.” My guess is more fly anglers have caught permit on fly than cobia on fly. That makes it an exciting challenge for an experienced or aspiring saltwater fly angler. To be successful, being able to see surface cobia and cast 50’ or more to a sighted cobia with three or less back casts are important. Maintaining control of your fly line, feeding fish and strip setting are also necessary skills.

On a typical day, we will sight enough cobia (usually 10-25 and some days many more) to get a fly angler some good shots, but there are days when cobia are not on the surface, are swimming fast in transportation mode, or just won’t cooperate. This fishery can be a lot like permit fishing in the Keys, or tarpon fishing in off-season months. I will do everything I can to get you shots include making long runs, but keep in mind there will be days when there are no viable shots, even for an advanced saltwater fly angler.

Boston Whaler: 4
Triton: 3