Top Dog Charters - Cape Charles, VA

It’s high time to join Top Dog Charters and discover just how amazing Virginia fishing can be! The Chesapeake Bay is one the most productive fishing grounds in the country and Captain Neil Lessard knows exactly what to do to get you on the hottest bite.

Join him on his custom 45’ Carolina Rose Brothers boat that will get up to 6 passionate anglers on the fish efficiently and safely. She’s outfitted with twin 450 HP Cummins engines, which make her strong and reliable in different weather conditions.

The vessel also sports a private toilet and a fully air-conditioned salon that is roomy, comfortable, and perfectly suited for that time of the day when you need a break from battling awesome fish you hook.

Speaking of awesome fish, what is on your to-catch list for the day? Inshore waters of this area are abundant in Cobia, Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Spadefish, as well as trophy-sized Striped Bass, Spanish Mackerel, and the list just goes on.

This is the territory and the playground of massive, record-breaking Stripers that will give a proper fight you’ll remember for a long time. If you happen to hook a particularly big one, you’ve got a fighting chair to help you with reeling that giant in.

If fly fishing is the technique you prefer, Capt. Neil will gladly accommodate you, as long as you bring your own fly fishing equipment. When it comes to standard rods, reels, and tackle, he’ll provide them, as well as catch cleaning and filleting at the end of the trip, which is absolutely complimentary. You will also have a first mate on board, ready to help at all times, and for all his hard work, 20% tips are welcome and appreciated.

Whether you come with your family or a bunch of best angling buddies, fun times and impressive catch is guaranteed. Your kids are welcome to join too, this is a great opportunity to pass on the rod.

Join Top Dog Charters for a fishing expedition that will leave you smiling and proud with memories to cherish in many years to come!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (May – Aug)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    If you're craving more time on the water and opportunities to catch something magnificent, this is the trip for you. Meet with Capt. Neil at the dock and off you go on an angling adventure that will fill your cooler and bring a smile to your face. Your target for the day are inshore bad boys like Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Spadefish, Bluefish, Cobia, Black Drum, and Redfish, just to name a selected few.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (May – Aug)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This trip will take place in the lower Chesapeake Bay. As soon as you come aboard, you are minutes from fishing! Once you're on the best fishing grounds, you can cast your line and wait for something great to bite – Redfish, Black Drum, Cobia, Bluefish, as well as Striped Bass and Spadefish are all game. After the trip, your captain and first mate will clean and package your catch for you. Don't forget to bring your food, beverages, and sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Red Drum Trip (Sep – Oct)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 15
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    The Fishing Is Hot. The Big Reds are here until the first or second week of October. Book your trip now.
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About the Captain

Neil Lessard
Cape Charles, Virginia, United States
17 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2018
Captain Neil Lessard of Top Dog Charters has been fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean for 35 years. His charter company is located in historic Cape Charles, Virginia, and he's got ample experience when it comes to fishing the waters of this bountiful area. Capt. Neil focuses on organizing premier sportfishing trips for both advanced anglers and beginners. Everybody is welcome!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spadefish Spadefish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Custom Carolina Rose Brothers (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1974, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (10)
4.98
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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Crew
Experience
6 hours
Half Day Cobia Trip in Top Dog Charters
Half Day Cobia Trip in Top Dog Charters
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17
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Julie A.
Eastville, VA
 5.00
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Great 6 hour inshore fishing on the Chesapeake

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (May – Aug) on July 27, 2020
This was our son’s first big fishing trip and the Captain and deck hand really did their best to make it special - he...
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John G.
Eastville, Virginia
 5.00
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Another Great Day of Fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (May – Aug) on July 24, 2020
This was our second year in a row out on the Top Dog with Captain Neil and Alex. What a top notch operation! We got on the...
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Jacob D.
Amherst, VA
 5.00
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (May – Aug) on August 22, 2020
The weather wasn’t the best and we only caught a few sharks, but there was nothing the captain could do about that. We had...
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Norman Q.
Mount Airy, MD
 5.00
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Half Day Cobia Trip in Top Dog Charters

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (May – Aug) on June 30, 2020
Captain Neil knows this fishery. He and his mate Alex worked hard to put is on the fish. What a great day! If I’m fishing...
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Greg C.
Annapolis, Maryland
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Neil

VERIFIED   4 Hour Red Drum Trip (Sep – Oct) on October 9, 2020
Very nice boat. Lots of bait and knowledgeable crew
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