Patent Pending Charters

Chesapeake Bay may be a world-famous fishery, but there’s no better way to experience it than through the eyes of a local. Whether you’re a brand new fisherman or a seasoned angler, you’ll get to know the secret hottest spots around and reel in the catch of a lifetime with Patent Pending Charters!

Captain John Whitman is a second-generation fisherman with over 45 years of angling and boating experience under his belt, making him your perfect guide to the Bay and its bountiful waters. He was born and raised here, and loves targeting anything from Redfish to Black Drum to Mackerel—but especially Striped Bass!

You’ll be heading out to the Bay in an impressive 45’ Alan Boat Builders commercial vessel. Her size makes her a true fishing machine – yourself and 5 other anglers will all be able to comfortably troll, live line, or chum these waters at the same time. She comes fully decked out with all the necessary safety and navigational equipment, including top-quality GPS and fishfinder systems to get you to the hottest fishing spots.

If nothing sounds better to you than cruising around the Bay for various species of trophy Rockfish, then Capt. John has you covered. Whether you’re an experienced angler or are just discovering your love for the water, he’s happy to help you find your perfect technique. He’ll be there to guide you through everything from trolling to live lining or chumming—the last two are perfect for beginners!

As well as world-class fishing, you’ll also be treated to a delicious dinner cooked by your very own captain. Hardcore angling can be very hungry work, so make sure you sit back, relax, and enjoy a slap-up meal of jumbo lump crab cakes, homemade potato salad, and more. Just remember to bring a cooler with plenty of drinks for the day.

You’ll be equipped with top-quality rods and reels, live bait, and a fishing license, which are all included in your trip. Come aboard Patent Pending Charters and let Capt. John show you how the locals do it!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 21 - Dec 15
    $695
    price breakdown
    $695
    What could be better than spending a full day trolling Chesapeake Bay for a huge variety of species, ranging from Black Drum to Spotted Seatrout to Redfish, and even more? You'll depart at 6am, giving you plenty of time to reel in your dream catch. All of this fishing can be hungry work, so your captain offers a delicious lunch of jumbo lump crab cakes, homemade potato salad, and more, at just $25 per guest. Your fishing license, bait, and gear is all included!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 21 - Dec 15
    $595
    price breakdown
    $595
    If you're an early riser, than opt for this half day trip. You'll be heading to the Bay at 6am, giving you plenty of time to troll for a wide variety of species, from Redfish to Black Drum to Spotted Seatrout, plus more. When lunchtime rolls around, you'll be treated to a gourmet meal cooked by your captain, at $25 per guest. Your fishing license and gear is included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 21 - Dec 15
    $595
    price breakdown
    $595
    If you'd like to have a lie in and still get plenty of time on fish, then this half day trip will be perfect for you. You'll be travelling around the hottest spots in the Bay to reel in anything from Striped Bass, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel. You'll also be treated to a gourmet meal, at a cost of $25 per person. Your bait and gear is included.
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About the Captain

Capt. John Whitman
Tracys Landing, Maryland, United States
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Member since August 2018
Captain John is a second-generation fisherman who served in United States Coast Guard. He grew up in the bay, so being a fisherman is something that came naturally to him! He has fished in this area all of his life, and loves targeting anything from Rockfish to Red Drum to Mackerel, but especially Striped Bass. He spent some time as a businessman working in the catering industry, and now that he's retired he loved nothing more than spending his time fishing and introducing new and experienced anglers alike to these waters.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Perch (White) Perch (White)

Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Alan Boat Builders (Commercial) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 540HP Cummins engine.

Length
46 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal

Customer Reviews

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4.98
out of 5 stars from 30 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Michael V.
Stafford, VA
 5.00
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Full day on the bay!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 23, 2020
Anyone who has been fishing before knows there are good days and bad days. What makes Capitan John and patent pending a great...
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Brad M.
Vienna, VA
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Fantastic Full-Day trip with Captain John!

VERIFIED   NEW  September 2, 2020
Our family of 6 had such a wonderful time on Patent Pending.  We were up and out early!  The boat was comfortable...
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Lorton, VA
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Full Day Trip With Capt John on Aug 9th

VERIFIED   August 9, 2020
Our group had a great time with Capt John and Phil.  They were patient and made us all feel comfortable despite our limited...
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Potomac, Maryland
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Half Day with Cap'n John Whitman on Patent Pending

VERIFIED   August 6, 2020
Captain John and mate Phil did an excellent job trolling over the fish havens between Herrington Bay and Poplar Island while...
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The captain canceled

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