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