Grading Scales Sportfishing

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Capt. Freeman learned to walk watching his dad spool a reel and has been hooked ever since.  Grading Scales Sportfishing offers the finest Chesapeake Bay Charter fishing experience for up to six people.  We have several different charter packages available to meet just about any needs. Most of the summer we target cobia, flounder, and big drum, but we also run several close to shore charters targeting trout, puppy drum, and rock fish.

Capt. Craig Freeman is a proven tournament winning captain and has placed in several local flounder and cobia tournaments as well.  He will work hard to ensure you have every possibility to catch the fish of a lifetime.

He will provide a great boat, put you in the best locations for the species targeted, use only top end rods and reels, (rods are custom made for the lower bay species we target and matched perfectly to the reels being used) and offers the best bait available for the time of year. 

Capt. Craig is great with children and loves to see their faces light up when catching a fish.   Capt. Craig doesn’t just take you fishing, he will teach you how to fish.  He loves sharing his knowledge and after being around him for a few minutes, one can tell his passion for the sport of fishing.

One of the things that sets us apart is we let you get as involved as you want.  We will let rig baits, cast to fish, gaff, net, and tie rigs if you desire to do.  But if you just want to sit back and relax and take it all in, you can do that as well.  It is totally up to you how involved you want to be.  One of Capt. Freeman’s goals is to teach the craft. So you don’t just get a fishing trip, you get an enjoyable learning experience. 

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  • Private trip
    Full day Offshore trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    16 hours trip, starts at 3:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 30 Aug (Sat, Sun)
    up to 6 persons
    We leave the dock in the wee hours of the morning and return around 5pm-7pm depending on the fishing. On these trips we target white marlin, dolphin, tuna, and wahoo. Around 10-11am depending on the bite we will quit trolling and go deep dropping for blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and sea bass. VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT. THese trips do not get booked much due to weather conditions. Has to be nearly perfect as it is a 140 mile round trip run.
  • Private trip
    Wreck fishing Trips
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov (Sat, Sun)
    up to 6 persons
    These trips are design to fish the wrecks 20-40 miles from shore. We target, flounder sea bass trigger fish and anything else that bites on a wreck. These trips are usually 8-10 hour trips and are very popular with more experienced anglers. These trips are very weather dependent.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    up to 6 persons
    Full day Bay trip (8 hours) . We can customize this trip to target selected species. Usually multiple species during the day. Most of these trips are for flounder and cobia as they are the more popular species. We can also fish for other species depending on time of year.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    Just booked!
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    up to 6 persons
    4 hour fishing trip. We usually target one species for this type trip. We supply all bait and tackle for this trip.
  • Private trip
    Guide service
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov (Sat, Sun)
    up to 6 persons
    I will go with you on your boat if you are in my local area and i will show you where and how to fish. This is great for folks new to the Southern Chesapeake Bay area. I will bring all the rods and bait needed for the trip. Trip not to exceed 6 hours.
  • Private trip
    Afterwork special
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:15 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 30 Sep (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    up to 6 persons
    Just as it is named, the after work special is very popular. Usually 2-3 buddies will get together and fish for 3-4 hours afterwork. We target the nearshore species such as trout, flunder, puppy drum, rockfish(striped bass), spot and croaker. It's a good time at a great value.
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About the Charter Operator

Grading Scales Sportfishing Llc
Poquoson, Virginia, United States
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Member since July 2015
There is nothing better than teaching others and watching them enjoy catching fish. That is what sets us apart from other charters. We let you get incredibly hands on and want you to learn the craft. We will let you cast, rig baits, or sit back and relax. It is up to you how involved you get in the days fishing. For out typical charter, we usually target cobia and big red drum. We sight fish for them. However, we also offer near shore and offshore charters were we target other popular species of fish. We can customize your trip to your desired species, depending on the season. If it swims, we can catch it!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Seabass (Black)

Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

25 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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:
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When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Anthony M.
Hampton, Virginia
We had an excellent day on the lower Chesapeake Bay flounder and Cobia fishing. Captain Craig has excellent equipment, and...
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