Chesapeake Bay Charter Fishing

Captain Hogg’s Charter Fishing (Hampton, VA)

We fish half and full day charters all year long. Charter fishing during the summer months in the lower Chesapeake Bay boats many citation size cobia, red drum and black drum. For saltwater anglers interested in catching fish using lighter tackle, we also offer bottom fishing charters for flounder, spot, croaker, bluefish, stripers, and trout, as well as wreck fishing charters for spadefish, and sheepshead. During the winter, we offer Chesapeake Bay rock fishing charters for the best striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay! The boat charters out of Hampton, Virginia, just an hour southeast of Richmond, and minutes away from Williamsburg, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Come experience Chesapeake Bay charter fishing at its very best!

The Charter Boat

Fishing the Chesapeake Bay aboard Captain Hogg’s Virginia charter boat the “Smokin’ Gun II” is comfortable and safe. This boat is a 2008 custom-built 40′ Evans that is Coast Guard certified for charters up to 32 passengers. The boat is equipped with the latest electronics and fishing equipment. Powered by a 670 H.P. Cummins Diesel, this charter boat cruises the Chesapeake Bay at 26 knots.  We get to the fish fast so our fishing charter spends more time catching fish than cruising!

Chesapeake Bay Charter Fishing Information

People in charter We cater from groups of 2 up to 26
What to bring Cooler, drinks, food, camera, suntan lotion
Fishing charters Half-day charters | Full-day charters | Evening charters
Pricing Call (757) 876-1590

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fish Species:

The Captain

Chandler Hogg charter fishing captain Using his knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay, Capt. Chandler Hogg will make your charter fishing trip fun and memorable. The lower Chesapeake Bay of Virginia offers a unique variety of fish within a short boat ride from shore. Whether light or heavy tackle is your preference, Captain Hogg will be more than happy to accommodate. Contact the Captain today to book your charter!

Black Drum Fishing

Black Drum are one of the largest fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Black Drum can tip the scales at well over 100 pounds. Black drum fishing is available in the lower Chesapeake Bay from May to June and the best time to come is the month of May.

Black Drum Charter Fishing Reports

Bluefish Fishing

Bluefish range in size from 1-25 pounds and can be found in the Chesapeake Bay from early April to January. Your are in for a good fight when bluefish fishing.  With their sharp teeth, bluefish make for a fun fish to catch.

Bluefish Charter Fishing Reports

Cobia Fishing

Cobia are well known for their great fight and are also great to eat. Cobia will arrive in the lower Chesapeake Bay in mid-May and will stay in the Chesapeake Bay until late September. We will be sight casting, trolling and also live and dead baiting when cobia fishing.

Cobia Charter Fishing Reports

Flounder Fishing

Flounder fishing is popular in the Chesapeake Bay area due to the great taste of the fish and excellent fight. From early May to late October, fish ranging from 1 to 15 pounds are in season. Most of the big flounder that are caught in the Chesapeake Bay come from the structures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Flounder Fishing Charter Fishing Reports

Red Drum Fishing

Red drum, or channel bass, are one of the most noble fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Available from May to September, red drum put up a great fight. When red drum fishing, we will be trolling, live baiting and dead baiting.

Red Drum Charter Fishing Reports


Rockfishing  is  very popular because striped bass are a great fight and delicious to eat.  Rockfishing is done in the lower Chesapeake Bay all year long, but these fish may only be kept during two seasons. The first season is May 1st to June 15th and the second is October 4th to the end of March.

Rockfishing Charter Fishing Reports

Sea Bass Fishing

Black sea bass spend most of their time close to the sea floor and often school around rocks, reefs, and wrecks.

Sea Bass Charter Fishing Reports

Sheepshead Fishing

Sheepshead, also known as "The Poor Man’s Lobster", are another great eating fish. Sheepshead fishing is in season  from June until October in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Most citation size fish of the Virginia Saltwater fishing tournament are caught at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Sheepshead Charter Fishing Reports


Pound for pound, spadefish are the strongest fighting fish in the Chesapeake Bay - and also great to eat! Spadefishing is available from June to September at the Chesapeake Bay Light Tower, offshore wrecks and at the world famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Spadefishing Charter Fishing Reports

Spanish Mackerel Fishing

Spanish mackerel with their silver sides and yellow spots are probably the most colorful fish of the Chesapeake Bay and are also good to eat. Spanish mackerel fishing is done trolling at various locations throughout the lower bay, with larger ones caught near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Spanish Mackerel Charter Fishing Reports

Striped Bass Fishing

Striped bass, also known as rockfish, are a great fight and delicious to eat. While striped bass fishing is done in the lower Chesapeake Bay all year long, these fish may only be kept during two seasons. The first season is May 1st to June 15th and the second is October 4th to the end of March.

Striped Bass Charter Fishing Reports

Tautog Fishing

Tautog, or "taug", are great eating and a good fight! Taug can be found in the lower Chesapeake Bay from April to June and then from October to January. During March we are tautog fishing at offshore wrecks and the Chesapeake Bay Light Tower where the larger tautog are found.

Tautog Charter Fishing Reports

Trout Fishing

Grey trout (weakfish, sea trout) are available from late April to November in the Chesapeake Bay. The largest concentrations are around the structure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  Trout fishing involves jigging and live baiting.   These fish range in size from 1 -12 pounds.

Trout Charter Fishing Reports