Virginia Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass (aka Stripers, Rockfish)

York River Charters’ Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass charter boat pursues trophy fish from Smith’s Point on Virginia’s Northern Neck to Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach. We run our charter trips from the closest port to where the Rockfish are during their annual migration in the Chesapeake Bay. This gives our guests more time Striper Fishing and less time “boat riding”!

Jamestown VA fishing charter photoTrophy Stripers

Our charter guests have the opportunity to catch Striped Bass using various methods. If the Rockfish are hitting lures, we troll. If the Stripers want live bait, we utilize bait fish and eels. Sometimes jigging triggers the most strikes from these Trophy Stripers. Our mission is to do what it takes to get our angler’s trophy Striped Bass in the boat!

The Virginia Coastal Seasons for Striped Bass run from January 1 through March 31, and from May 16 through December 31. During these periods we can harvest Stripers in the coastal waters of Virginia. The coastal waters start at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and extend out seaward 3 miles.

Chesapeake Bay Spring Striper Season opens May 1st through June 15th. During this season we can harvest Rockfish from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay inland and up it’s tributaries.


VA Chesapeake Bay fishing charter boat photoVirginia Chesapeake Bay Rockfish

The Virginia Chesapeake Bay Fall Rockfish Season runs from October 4th through December 31st. This period gives us the opportunity to catch trophy Striped Bass within the waters of the VA Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries.
Chesapeake Bay Rockfish (Striped Bass) photoYork River Charters‘ goal is to provide our guests the most personalized Striped Bass charter experience available on the Chesapeake Bay. We invite you to come on down and enjoy the best trophy Striper fishing on the east coast!

Fun for All

Catching Chesapeake Bay Rockfish provides action packed fun for our guests of all ages! 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 Striped Bass fishing friend.

Virginia Striper (Striped Bass) Charter photo


Striper Charter Rates and Times

Catchin’ Up is available to take 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) striper fishing charters. To safeguard our commitment to quality over quantity we limit our rockfish trips to a maximum of 4 persons.

No fishing licenses or Striped Bass 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.

Please visit our Contact page for directions and to let us know how we can best serve you by email or voice.

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


Total cost for your  GROUP of 4 :

¾ Day (6 Hour)
7am – 1pm
Cash: $525 – Credit/Debit Card: $545

Full Day (8 Hour)
Cash: $675 – Credit/Debit Card: $695

*** We accept cash, check or major credit card for payment. A credit card number is required to reserve your trip. Your card will not be processed prior to your charter. If you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, 48 hours notice is required. Less than 48 hours notice requires that we process your card for full payment. Should Captain Alan have to cancel or reschedule trips due to inclement weather and/or unsafe sea conditions, our guests bear no financial responsibility. ***

*** We are a veteran owned company that offers active duty personnel and honorably discharged veterans from all branches of the U.S. military a 10 percent discount in appreciation of their service. ***

*** On striped bass charters departing from Smith’s Point and Virginia Beach, there will be a fuel surcharge in addition to standard charter fee. This surcharge varies with fuel cost and will be agreed upon when trip is booked. ***