Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing

COVID-19 update: Due to the pandemic, the state of Maryland will not allow more than 8 passengers and 2 crew on any boat, meaning the number of guests is currently limited to 8.

Whether you’re looking for a memory-making family vacation, a day with fishing buddies, or business outing, Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing offers an exceptional angling experience for guests of all ages and skill levels. Located in Chesapeake Beach and Edgewater, MD, this charter specializes in trips for up to 32 guests – so if you’ve always wanted to hook the Striped Bass of your dreams alongside your family and friends, come aboard!

Captain Don Johnson is at the helm of Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing. He’s been fishing the Chesapeake Bay since he was 10 years old and turned this passion for angling into a career as a captain in 2003.  Whether you’re a brand new angler or want to test your skills against these famous waters, Capt. Don has something to offer every guest.

You’ll be exploring the bay on a 46’ Markley custom fishing vessel, capable of accommodating up to 32 guests. She’s powered by twin 450HP Cummins engines that, paired with quality electronics, will get you to the hottest fishing spots in no time. There is plenty of room to spread out as your vessel has an upper-level bridge where you can relax and enjoy the view as you wait to reel ‘em in!

Capt. Don specializes in hooking the bay’s famous fish using a variety of techniques including trolling, chumming, jigging, or bottom fishing. Rockfish is the primary target but you’ll also catch Perch, Spot, Bluefish, and Catfish at different times of the year. Don’t worry if you’re a new angler – your captain will be on hand to show you the best techniques.

You’ll be provided with top-notch rods and reels, as well as bait, and a fishing license. Capt. Don offers flexible starting times as well as weekday discounts. Grab your favorite snacks, your family and friends, and join Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing for an incredible adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Dec 15 (Fri, Sun)
    $960
    price breakdown
    $960
    Looking to spend plenty of time on the water and seriously increase your chances of hooking the Striped Bass of your dreams? Join Capt. Don on this full-day trip where you'll be cruising the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in search of stripers and anything else that is biting. This is a great option for larger groups. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome – your captain will show you the ropes! Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your license are all included. Flexible starting times are available.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Dec 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    Looking to spend plenty of time on the water and seriously increase your chances of hooking the Striped Bass of your dreams? Join Capt. Don on this trip from Monday to Thursday, where you'll cruise the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in search of Stripers and anything else that is biting. This is a great option for larger groups. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome – your captain will show you the ropes! Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your license are all included. Flexible start times are available.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Dec 15 (Fri, Sun)
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    If you want to spend less time on the water and still reel in some serious fish, join Capt. Don on this 6-hour adventure, available Friday through Sunday. Capt. Don will employ the best strategy to give you an memorable outing. Anglers of all ages and abilities are welcome, so bring the whole family! Your trip includes rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license for all guests. Just bring along your favorite refreshments.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Dec 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $725
    price breakdown
    $725
    Join your captain from Monday through to Thursday for this weekday adventure, where you'll get the chance to explore the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for Striped Bass and whatever else is biting. This 7-hour trip allows more time on the water to hook your catch using a variety of techniques, including trolling, live bait or chumming. and is suitable for anglers of all skill levels. You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license. Bring your favorite snacks and drinks!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekday
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Dec 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Get ready to hook some Striped Bass! Your captain will use all his skills and knowledge to provide you with a memorable outing. With one of the fastest charter boats on the bay, you will maximize your fishing time! This trip is suitable for anglers of all ages and abilities, and you'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license. Beat the crowds by fishing during the week, flexible start times are available. Bring your favorite snacks and drinks!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip- Afternoon departure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Nov 15
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Want to spend time on the water with co-workers, family and friends but can't get out early, then try an afternoon charter! With this option you will be able to start your charter at 1PM and return to the dock at 7PM. Many customers prefer this as they have obligations in the mornings but still want the day.
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About the Captain

Donald Johnson
Edgewater, Maryland, United States
13 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since December 2018
"I have been fishing on the Chesapeake Bay since I was 10 years old. I have always enjoyed all that our Bay has to offer and truly enjoy experiencing charters with my customers." Capt. Donald is a lifelong fishing fanatic, and decided to turn his passion into a career when he became a captain in 2003. His favorite part of the job? Being out on the water, introducing guests to these fantastic fishing grounds! As well as running his charter company, he also loves taking part in fishing tournaments for fun.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Catfish Catfish
Perch (White) Perch (White)

Boat Specs

Markley (Commercial) originally built in 1993. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
46 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.93
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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great day of fishing
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
69%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Doug L.
Blaine, MN
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 16, 2020
Excellent trip! Don and his first mate {wife} are the hardest working crew we have ever experienced. They took great...
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Daniel W.
Woodbridge, Virginia
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Half-day afternoon

VERIFIED   June 6, 2020
Outstanding afternoon, limited out on rockfish…captain and crew were incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure...
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