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
    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
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    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
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    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 (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    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
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    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
    price breakdown
    $300
    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
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
21 Customer Reviews
Response time within an 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!

About this listing

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
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

Rating Summary
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4.89
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
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Half day trip on the Warwick and James Rivers with Captain Craig (Grading Scales Charters).
Half day trip on the Warwick and James Rivers with Captain Craig (Grading Scales Charters).
Half day trip on the Warwick and James Rivers with Captain Craig (Grading Scales Charters).
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jordon S.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Plenty of bites (35+), plenty of catch and release (29), a few nice keeper puppy drum, a visit from a pod of dolphin, and all...
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Williamsburg, VA
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Full Day with Captain Freeman

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on July 18, 2020
Outstanding experience all around. My grandson and his friend were beaming when they finished the day. A beautiful day on the...
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Yorktown, Virginia
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Half day trip with captain Craig

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 13, 2020
We had a great time on the water with Craig. He was very knowledgeable and had great spots to fish. He went ABOVE AND BEYOND...
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Emma B.
Salem, Virginia
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on October 19, 2020
Captain Craig was great with communication and when our 1st date was canceled due to weather, he helped us get in another date....
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