Anchor Up Fishing is an inshore and nearshore light tackle guide service operating out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Join Captain James Harrison for a great day on the water and have an angling experience of a lifetime.

Your trip will start on a 25’ Parker center console powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine. The boat can sit up to 6 guests, uses modern navigation electronics, and features a livewell and ice-box. For a tip of 20%, you’ll have a first mate at your disposal to give you help with anything you’ll need.

You’ll have plenty of fish to catch, some of it being Mackerel, Cobia, Bluefish, as well as various types of Shark. Using light tackle, you’ll be jigging, trolling, drift, fishing, and fly fishing. According to your wish, you can either keep or release the fish you catch. You can also bring children on your trip and make the atmosphere on the boat even more fun.

Captain James will provide you with all the rods, reels, terminal tackle, live bait, lures, as well as fishing licenses. What you should remember to bring before you depart is the food and drinks of your choice so you stay refreshed throughout the trip.

Come visit Virginia Beach and have a fine day fishing with Captain James and Anchor Up Fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Sep 1
    $475
    You'll be fishing in the Atlantic Ocean within the sight of land.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Sep 1
    $475
    Spend an afternoon fishing the Atlantic Ocean within the sight of land.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 10
    $375
    You'll spend a beautiful evening fishing the Atlantic ocean within the sight of land.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (4-7PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - May 31
    $375
    Light casting trip for Speckled Trout and Red Drum.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31
    $375
    Light casting trip for Speckled Trout and Red Drum. Bottom fishing for Spot, croaker, and Flounder.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31
    $375
    You'll be casting on light tackle for Speckled Trout and Red Drum. You can also bottom fish for Spot, croaker, and Flounder. Note that you can also start this trip at 4:00 p.m.
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About the Captain

James Harrison
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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42 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2019
Captain James welcomes you to Virginia Beach. Join him and have a great fishing experience as you explore various nearshore and inshore spots in the area.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Bonnethead) Bonnethead Shark
Shark (Tiger) Tiger Shark
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 49 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer Reviews

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Catch intended fish
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Charles G.
Wilsons, VA
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An Excellent day on the water, with a capital E !!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on July 3, 2021
My husband and I booked a half day charter as a graduation gift for our son and our family had been looking forward to this...
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Jonathan H.
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Amazing Evening Tour 3 Hours Fishing

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on June 4, 2021
The captain and first mate were amazing. Everything was professional. They made sure we had everything we needed and gave us...
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Marshall, VA
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on September 8, 2021
Captain Jimmy and his mate Sean were wonderful hosts aboard their boat. We had so much fun fishing, talking and being out on...
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Michael E.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Fishing with James

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on September 1, 2021
I was part of a party of six family members with Captain Jimmy and his 1st mate Sean this morning, September 1.  To put it...
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Michael W.
Leeds, England
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Wonderful half-day with Capt Jim and 1st mate

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) on June 29, 2021
Jimmy and Sean were top notch fishing guides who are very knowledgeable about where to hook fish! My kids had a fantastic time...
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FAQs about Anchor Up Fishing

Anchor Up Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (4-7PM) (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (AM) (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Rudee Inlet (PM) (3 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Anchor Up Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Anchor Up Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate (First mate works for 20 % gratuity! )
  • Fishing License

Anchor Up Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Anchor Up Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Anchor Up Fishing include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Shark (Tiger)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout