Grading Scales Sportfishing

Where else can you choose between fishing for Trout, Rockfish, Drum, and Spadefish, and going offshore in pursuit of monster Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and bottom-dwelling Tilefish? Discover the riches of the Chesapeake Bay and beyond with Grading Scales Sportfishing.

There’s nobody better to show you these waters than Captain Craig Freeman. He’s been fishing since he was old enough to walk and has been hooked ever since. By now, he has a whole cabinet full of tournament trophies, and will do everything to make sure you land the fish of a lifetime.

The 25’ Parker center console will guide you out to the depths (weather permitting), and has no trouble nearshore. Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard. Bring some drinks and snacks, stock up the captain’s cooler, and make yourselves at home for the day!

Fitted with downriggers and outriggers, she’s a serious fishing vessel. Capt. Craig will ensure that the livewell is full before you head to sea, and off you go. You’ll use the latest rods and reels as you bottom fish or troll, and you’ll have all the weights necessary to reach the deep waters in search of the tastiest fish. Bring your own fly gear and you can even go fly fishing!

Capt. Craig specializes in fishing for Cobia and Flounder but he’s equally adept in the shallows or the depths. Hit the inshore waters and fill the boat with some of the Chesapeake’s favorite sons. Sheepshead, Tautog, Seabass, Trout, Spadefish, and Redfish will all make for a delicious treat at the end of the day.

You can also head offshore in search of some of the ocean’s finest creatures. Battling it out with a Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, or Mahi Mahi, will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. These beasts will do anything to get off the end of your line, so get ready for the fight of a lifetime.

Everything you need for a productive day on the water awaits you aboard with Grading Scales Sportfishing. Come and discover these incredibly diverse waters and experience fishing like never before!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    16 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    16 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $1,700
    up to 6 persons
    Leave the dock in the wee hours and return in the evening with a boatful of fish after a thrilling day 70 miles offshore. You'll head to the Atlantic's deep waters, going after such prized species as White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Start the morning trolling before going deep dropping for Blueline and Golden Tilefish, and Seabass. These creatures are among the most delicious in the ocean so get ready for a productive day. Beware, though, this trip is heavily weather-dependant.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    Up to 40 miles offshore, you'll spend 10 hours battling it out with some truly sought-after fish along the rich and productive wrecks. These fruitful grounds make for excellent feeding grounds for the fish, so get ready to fill the boat with Flounder, Seabass, Triggerfish, and anything else that's biting. Keep an eye on the weather as you'll need perfect conditions to go this far out. Even so, the choppy waters can make for a rough ride, so make sure you've got your sea legs ready.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This personalized trip will see you spend the whole working day going after whatever fish you want. The captain recommends mixing it up a bit and targeting a range of species, but Cobia and Flounder remain the most popular targets in these rich waters. Get ready to sight fish for Cobia and bottom fish for Flounder as you look to fill the boat with these delicious creatures and head home with a worthy reward after a long day at sea.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $550
    up to 6 persons
    If you've just got a few hours to spare, then a 4-hour trip is the ideal way for you to get your fishing fix. Hit up the Chesapeake Bay's nearshore waters and battle it out with one specific fish, so choose wisely. They bay is fully populated with delicious Sheepshead, Tautog, Seabass, Trout, Spadefish, Redfish, and many more, so you're sure to find something to satisfy that appetite.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $300
    up to 6 persons
    This "after work special" is designed for those of you who have commitments during the day but still want to get your fishing fix. Bring your buddies aboard after clocking out and fish for 3 hours along the productive nearshore waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Go after Trout, Flounder, Puppy Drum, Rockfish, Spot, Croaker, and many more to end your day in style and head home with something delicious for dinner.
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About the Charter Operator

Grading Scales Sportfishing Llc
Poquoson, Virginia, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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 our typical charter, we usually target Cobia and big Red Drum. We sight fish for them. However, we also offer nearshore and offshore charters where 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!

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spadefish Spadefish

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tautog Tautog
Tilefish Tilefish

Boat Specs

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

Length
25 ft
Capacity
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
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
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

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
American Express
PayPal
Checks

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

Customer Reviews

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Julie D.
New Canton, VA
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"After-work" trip with Captain Craig

VERIFIED   July 24, 2019
My family and I enjoyed our fishing trip with Captain Craig. We arrived early, but Captain Craig already had the boat in the...
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Anthony M.
Hampton, Virginia
 5.00
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We had an excellent day on the lower Chesapeake Bay flounder and Cobia fishing. Captain Craig has excellent equipment, and...
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Matt T.
Sykesville, MD
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Great day

VERIFIED   August 10, 2019
The weather threw a curve ball at us and the clouds made it all but impossible to find the Cobia. Fortunately Capt Craig had...
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Theodore B.
Lewes, DE
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VERIFIED   August 3, 2019
Had a great time We caught nice cobia and mackrel Would recommend  
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Richmond, VA
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Fishing with Craig

VERIFIED   October 12, 2019
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