Big Worm Charters Llc

Captain Drew "Worm" Payne has fished the mid-Chesapeake Bay area for most of his adult life.  Drew served as first mate on a number of charter boats until 1998, his first season as a Charter Boat Captain.  Whether trolling or chumming for Rockfish (Striped Bass), or chasing bottom dwellers like Black Drum or Spot, Drew often goes the extra mile for his customers to catch just a few more fish.
 
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America.  As such, it is home to a variety of brackish water fish species, most notably Striped Bass.  Most Striper spawning occurs within Bay rivers in the Spring.  We have an opportunity to catch the big Stripers after they finish spawning in late April and May as they migrate down the Bay to the ocean.  The big fish leave behind the smaller, summertime Stripers for us to catch from mid-May until November.  During the summer Stripers are joined by Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish and a few other less-common species (Black Drum, Cobia etc.).  Bottom fishing for catfish, Spot and White Perch is also available seasonally.

In 2016, Captain Drew wanted to build a boat that would maximize his customers’ fishing experience with comfort and plenty of action space. The Big Worm is a 52’ long custom Chesapeake Bay Deadrise built by Millennium Marine, equipped with a 900 HP Scania Turbo Diesel Engine. She’s fully insured and certified by the United States Coast Guard to carry 49 passengers.  The enclosed cabin features a large table adorned with cushioned seating for 10-14 people. There is a spacious head downstairs with separate commodes for your preference. Outside the cabin, there is also seating underneath the canopy fit for 8-12 more people. Featured at the captain’s helm is state-of-the-art electronics including radar capable of seeing storms 120 miles away; Digital GPS; color depth finder; chart plotter; VHF; CB radios, and a Fusion sound system.  The Big Worm is floating proof—bigger is definitely better.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 10
    $890
    price breakdown
    $890
    This is a 8-hour fishing trip for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, White Perch and Spot (varies seasonally). Departure time is normally 6:00AM but may vary depending on your needs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 10
    $690
    price breakdown
    $690
    This is a 6-hour fishing trip for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, White Perch and Spot (varies seasonally).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 10
    $690
    price breakdown
    $690
    This is a 6-hour fishing trip for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, White Perch and Spot (varies seasonally).
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About the Captain

Drew Payne
Tracys Landing, Maryland, United States
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2 Customer Reviews
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Member since September 2020
The Worm generation was born from humble beginnings in 1999 and the rest was history. In 2016, the long-awaited building process began. Captain Drew wanted to build a boat that would maximize his customer's fishing experience with comfort and plenty of action space. Big Worm is a 52' long custom Chesapeake Bay Deadrise built by Millenium Marine equipped with a 900 HP Scania Turbo Diesel Engine. Big Worm is insured and United States Coast Guard certified to carry 49 passengers. The enclosed cabin features a large table adorned with cushioned seating for 10-14 people. There is a spacious head downstairs with separate commodes for your preference. Outside the cabin, there is also seating underneath the canopy fit for 8-12 more people. Featured at the captain's helm is state of the art electronics including radar capable of seeing storms 120 miles away, DGPS, color depth finder, chart plotter, VHF, CB radios and a Fusion sound system.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Catfish Catfish

Perch (White) Perch (White)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Millenium Marine (Downeast) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 900HP Scania engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
52 ft
Capacity
49 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

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

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Checks

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Jeffrey H.
Falls Church, VA
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Fantastic day

VERIFIED   NEW  October 16, 2020
This was by far the best Chesapeake Bay charter I have ever experienced.  Capt Drew Payne and his first mate, Scott, were...
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Seongmuk S.
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Fishing with Drew

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