About Us

VA Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charter Captain photo“Greetings! I am Captain Alan, founder and owner/operator of York River Charters. I grew up here on the York River in the small fishing and farming community of Croaker, Virginia (Yes, it really was named after the delectable fish!). After serving my final assignment in the U.S. Navy, I returned to the area. I’ve since spent the majority of my life meandering the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries with the exception of time spent fishing and enjoying the marine offerings of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Since starting operations in April of 2011, York River Charters has provided an intimate small boat experience for those seeking both fishing and sightseeing charters. The company operates primarily from the York River and the tributaries of Mobjack Bay. In addition, during certain seasons the boat departs from other locations such as Deltaville on the upper Middle Peninsula. This makes us convenient to residents and guests of Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, and Gloucester, VA.

The first major milestone for York River Charters occurred just prior the 2012 season. Within 2 years of it’s inception, York River Charters was honored to be voted “Best Place to Fish – Eastern Region” in the Virginia Living Magazine “Best of Virginia” 2013 Readers Poll. Virginia Bottom Fishing Charter photoWe repeated this achievement in 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2014, we were invited to dock at York River Yacht Haven at Gloucester Point, VA, becoming the first fishing charter operation there. In 2020 we acquired a 31 foot open express sportfisher, enhancing the comfort, types of trips we can offer, and number of guests we can take on a trip.

Our goal is to provide guests the prospect of “having it their way” for a change by offering the most personalized charter experience of any operator in the Chesapeake Bay region.
To achieve this goal York River Charters looks forward to continually improving our knowledge, skills, and equipment. We hope these improvements give our guests reason to join us many times in the future and become yet another lifelong rivah’ friend.”




To learn of other capacities in which Capt. Alan can serve you, visit our Other Services page!

In addition to operating York River Charters, Capt. Alan shares duties at the family’s kayak eco-tour company, Bay Country Kayaking, with his daughter Shannon. He also serves as an Instructor for many courses at Chesapeake Marine Training Institute in Gloucester, VA. during the winter months.