Short Rigger Sportfishing, LLC

Come take part in the exhilarating experience that is Virginia Beach fishing with Short Rigger Sportfishing. This is top fishing in Rudee Inlet and specializes in inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing trips. 

Captain Pete has been fishing the waters of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay his entire life and loves putting anglers on fish, whether it’s your first time or your hundredth.

The “Short Rigger” is a gorgeous, eye-catching 57’ Bobby Sullivan Custom Carolina Sportfisherman with a serious history of catching fish. Powered by twin 700 HP Caterpillar C-12 Diesel engines, she offers a speedy and very comfortable ride. Parties of up to 6 guests will enjoy her spacious galley and cockpit.

Galley amenities include satellite TV, surround sound, DVD player, Bluetooth stereo, air-conditioning, 2 sofas, a bathroom with a toilet and shower, a bed, a refrigerator, a microwave, and coffeemaker.

The large cockpit features a Release fighting chair as well as 2 additional rod gimbals for fighting multiple fish at the same time, a huge fish box, a built-in cooler, ice-maker, and a spacious rear-facing mezzanine sofa for folks to enjoy the scenery while watching each other catch fish. The boat is fully rigged with navigational electronics including GPS, radar, VHF radios, and fish finder.

There are a large variety of packages to choose from. On the inshore trips, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the VA Beach oceanfront while catching species such as Cobia, Red Drum, Mackerel, and Bluefish. Offshore you’ll be targeting bigger game fish, such as White and Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. In the summer, VA Beach is known worldwide for being a top fishery for White Marlin.

Included in the price are the rods, reels, live bait, and permits for the day. Don’t forget to bring along your own food and drink and lots of non-spray sunscreen.

Families and professional fishermen alike will love fishing with Short Rigger Sportfishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 30
    $2,400
    price breakdown
    $2,400
    Targeted species include White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    This trip will take you 20 to 30 miles from shore, targeting Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, and more. This is a great trip for anglers with some experience already. All rods and reels are included in the price of the trip, along with the live bait and the fishing license for the day. You'll need to bring along your own food and drink, sunscreen, and wear layers of clothing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,095
    price breakdown
    $1,095
    This 8-hour trip gives you the best chance of catching your fill of Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Bluefish, and more. The day will be spent trolling and sight casting. You'll need to bring a packed lunch along with water, sunscreen, and layers of clothing. The fishing license, live bait, and all rods and reels are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $895
    price breakdown
    $895
    On this longer trip, you can spend more time trolling and sight casting for your dream catch. You'll be targeting the likes of Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Cobia, Bluefish, and more. All the rods and reels for the day are included in the price, as well as the live bait, and the fishing license for the day. Don't forget to pack a lunch and bring plenty of drinks and sunscreen along.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This morning trip is great for kids and adults alike. Spend the day trolling for the likes of Bluefish, Redfish, Cobia, and more. All fishing rods and tackle are included in the price, as well as your license for the day. Feel free to bring your own food and drink and non-aerosol sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (Midday)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This afternoon trip will be spent trolling and sight casting for Redfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and more. It's a great trip for kids especially. Don't forget to bring your own food and drink along. All gear and tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Inshore trips are great for the whole family and are available year round. You'll be targeting the likes of Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and more. All tackle, bait, and permits are included in the price. You'll need to bring your own food and drink, as well as layers of clothing, as it will get cold fast.
  • Private trip
    Early Evening Fishing/Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    You & your crew will be fishing within 5 miles of Rudee Inlet. while Most times trolling along the oceanfront or sometimes bottom or sight fishing we may catch... Drum, Cobia, Spadefish, Sheepshead, Sharks, Striper, Flounder, Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, Puppy Drum, Speckled Trout, Tautog, Croaker, Spot, Triggerfish & Striper . Please Check Local Fishing Reports Or Call The Captain To See What Is Biting during your preferred dates.
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About the Captain

Pete Congdon
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
32 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2019
Captain Pete Congdon has been fishing the waters of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay. He has been fishing his entire life and knows these waters like the back of his hand – he will get you onto the hottest fishing spots. He loves putting anglers on fish, whether it's your first time fishing, children, or the most experienced angler. Capt. Pete has participated in many tournaments over the years and done very well in them.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)
Redfish Redfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bobby Sullivan (Flybridge) originally built in 2003. Powered by 2 700HP Cat C-12 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
57 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

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
Catch and Release Allowed

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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.74
out of 5 stars from 32 reviews
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3\/4 Inshore Day with Captain Pete
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Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   July 2, 2020
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Spencer N.
Chesapeake, VA
 5.00
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2 hour evening trip

VERIFIED   Early Evening Fishing/Cruise on June 29, 2020
Wasn’t sure what to think at first. First excursion was last year in NC. I wasn’t told about the 20% deckhand tip. This...
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James H.
Alexandria, VA
 5.00
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Off Shore with Captain Pete

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore on July 17, 2020
You won’t find a harder working crew than Captain Pete and his first mate Scott! They constantly scouted and planned during...
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Greg H.
Winchester, VA
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Afternoon trip with Captain Pete

VERIFIED   Early Evening Fishing/Cruise on June 30, 2020
For my two daughters and I we had an amazing afternoon of fishing on the Short Rigger. Captain Pete and First Mate Scott were...
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Elie M.
Norfolk, VA
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3/4 Inshore Day with Captain Pete

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on October 3, 2020
Excellent trip on the ShortRigger.  Highly recommend for all groups.  Our experience was a more laid back approach...
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