VA Chesapeake Bay Trolling Charters

Chesapeake Bay Trolling Charter boat photo

Trolling lures and dead baits is one of the methods our guests can choose to fish. Some of the species we target by trolling include trophy striped bass (stripers, rockfish), bluefish, red drum and Spanish mackerel. Luckily for our guests, all of these fish are great table fare. For those who have had less than satisfactory results with bluefish dishes, ask Capt. Alan for some preparation tips. 😉

Depending on our targeted species, lures used in our trolling spread may include different styles of metal spoons, hard lures (plugs), and soft plastics on lead head jigs in various configurations such as daisy chains, umbrella rigs, and parachutes.



Big Spreads!

Virginia Trolling Charter boat photoOften we utilize large side-planer boards or outriggers in deploying our trolling spread. For those familiar with use of outriggers, our planers serve much the same purpose. The planers allow us to cover more water and put out more rigs by spreading them out from the sides of the boat. The big difference between side-planers and outriggers is that use of planers allow us to run rigs up to 125 feet out from the boat, giving us a 250 foot spread! We also use diving planers and downriggers that allow us to run lures down to depths of 50 to 80 feet.
York River Charters’ goal is to provide our guests the most personalized charter experience available on the Chesapeake Bay. We invite you to come on down and enjoy some of the finest Trolling on the East Coast!


VA Trolling Fun!

VA Chesapeake Bay trolling charter photo


Trolling for aggressive Chesapeake Bay predators provides action packed fun for our guests of all experience levels! We are certain your Captain’s unique perspective and knowledge of the region are sure to give you reason to join us many times in the future and become yet another lifelong Trolling fishing friend.



*** Due to their nature, trolling charters are 6 hour minimum trips.

Trolling Charter Rates for  Patriot :

*** Due to their nature, trolling, live baitingsight castingstriped bass and  shark charters are 6 hour minimum trips.


¾ Day (6 Hour)
7am – 1pm
Patriot (6 ppl. max.) $800¹ ²


Full Day (8 Hour)
Patriot (6 ppl. max.) $1050¹ ²



We offer various discount packages that bundle your charter with lodging, dining, and other outdoor recreation!

¹ Reservation/Cancellation Policies can be found here.

² Our Mates work for tips. A gratuity of 15 to 20 percent is customary.