VA Chesapeake Bay Cobia Fishing Charters

Virginia Beach, Virginia Cobia Charter photo

Chesapeake Bay Cobia Fishing Charters

In our opinion, Cobia charters are the closest our inshore fishing guests can come to enjoying an offshore type experience! While waiting for a Cobia to take a bait, the best thing you can do is relax in the company of your friends and family, and enjoy being on the Chesapeake Bay. However, when one of these monsters start running with a bait, you hear the reel screaming, and your Captain announce “FISH ON!“; HOLD ON for one of the most exciting fights of your life!!! Chesapeake Bay Cobia fishing season usually starts heating up in June and runs into late September.

Virginia Cobia Charter photo

Charter Fishing for VA Cobia

Our typical Cobia charter starts by having you do some bottom fishing in the York River to gather some of our preferred live baits such as Croaker, Spot, and Bluefish.  Instead of placing the fish caught in a cooler, they will go in the boat’s live well. The live well acts much like an on-board aquarium to keep these smaller fish alive and kicking so they present an irresistible treat to the top tier predators we will be going after out in the Chesapeake.


After stocking our live well, we’ll head out and anchor up on one of Capt. Alan’s favorite live-baiting spots on the Bay. We’ll then set out a chum slick (a mesh bag of ground forage fish that attracts predatory fish such as Cobia by dispersing scent in the current). Next we put out several baits behind the boat in our slick. One of our favorite rigs is the “fish finder”. It keeps the bait near the bottom, but helps prevent our prey from detecting the weight on the bait by allowing the line to run freely through it’s slider. We also set live baits at other levels in the water table by allowing them to free spool and placing them under special “bobbers” that have a release clip mechanism. After chumming, we may recover our anchor and leave our chum slick after the sun rises higher to find some cobia by sighting them from the boat’s tower and casting jigs or live eels!

Chesapeake Bay Cobia Charter photo
York River Charters‘ goal is to provide our guests the the most personalized charter experience available on the Chesapeake Bay. We invite you to come on down and enjoy some of the finest Cobia Fishing on the East Coast!

Cobia Fishing Charters in Virginia

Chesapeake Bay cobia fishing provides action packed fun that gives our guests a lifetime of memories! 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 fishing friend.

Cobia Charter Rates and Times

Our boat is available to take cobia charters 7 days a week. We book three quarter day (6 hour. AM or PM) and full day (8 hour) private (only your group on the boat) fishing charters.

Virginia Beach Cobia Charter photo


No fishing licenses or permits are required of guests on our charter boat. Bait, tackle and bottled water is provided as well. We strictly adhere to current state and federal fishing regulations in regards to both limits and size.

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


Cobia Charter Rates  aboard Patriot :

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.