Miss James Charters Sportfishing

Looking to chase Rockfish in the world-famous Chesapeake Bay? Family-run fishing company Miss James Charters can’t wait to welcome you aboard for an incredible adventure!

Captain Jerry Ashby and his wife, first mate Teresa Ashby, are the experienced team behind this charter company. With plenty of angling experience under their belts, they’ll introduce you to the thrills of fishing Maryland’s famous eastern shore and will do what it takes to get you on fish. They warmly welcome anglers of all ages and ability levels to come aboard and join them.

You’ll be fishing aboard the "Miss James II," a locally-built Roe Marine boat with a Chesapeake Deadrise fiberglass hull. At 32’ long and 11’ wide, she has plenty of space for groups of up to 6 to fish from. Her John Deere marine diesel engine allows her to traverse the local waters quickly and reliably. She also features a private toilet!

The Miss James II is conveniently moored in Tilghman, which means she has access to some of the bay’s finest fishing spots, as well as being located in a friendly fishing community. Where better to discover the Chesapeake’s incredible Striper population?

On your angling adventure, you’ll mainly be targeting Rockfish (Striped Bass). The trophy season starts in mid-April and runs until mid-May – this is the best time to catch a 50 pounder! During the rest of the year, you’ll usually target additional species such as Black Drum and Bluefish, as well as smaller Rockfish, although the larger species do return in October.

Your captain and his first mate will make sure you’re decked out with all the fishing equipment and licenses you need for a successful day on the water. All you need to do is grab your favorite snacks and drinks, and hop aboard Miss James Charters for a Chesapeake Bay adventure you’ll never forget!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Dec 15
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    If you can think of nothing better than spending a whole day out on the Chesapeake Bay, this is the trip for you! You'll be casting your line for Rockfish (Striped Bass), and will have plenty of time to explore a variety of its hotspots, such as the waters around Tilghman Island and its tributaries. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a license for your whole group.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Dec 15
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you're an early bird who's newer to angling, or are looking for the perfect family adventure, this half day adventure is a great introduction to fishing the Chesapeake Bay. You'll be mainly casting your line for Rockfish in these productive waters, and your captain and first mate will be on hand to show you the ropes. Top-quality fishing gear will be provided for you, as well as your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Dec 15
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you'd prefer to hit the snooze button a couple of times before spending the afternoon out on the water, this is the trip for you! Lasting between 4–6 hours, this adventure is the perfect introduction to fishing the Chesapeake Bay, especially for families and newer anglers. Your main target species will be the area's famous Rockfish (Striped Bass). Your captain will make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a license for your whole group.
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About the Captain

Jerry Ashby
Tilghman Island, Maryland, United States
1 Fishing Reports
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12 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2016
Miss James Charters is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Captain Jerry Ashby and first mate Teresa Ashby. The pair have over 25 years of experience fishing the Chesapeake Bay and they specialize in helping their clients bring in trophy Rockfish (Striped Bass)!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Roe Marine (Pilothouse) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 220HP John Deere engine.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.53
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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78%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Natalie D.
Washington, DC
 4.33
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Half Day with Captain Jerry & wife Teresa

VERIFIED   July 26, 2020
Our half day fishing charter was on 7/26/20.  Captain Jerry & his wife Teresa were very nice.  We only caught...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   June 11, 2020
The charter operator canceled 4 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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Angela T.
Annapolis, MD
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VERIFIED   July 11, 2020
We had an awesome time. We will definitely be back soon! Thank you Angie Robin Khalea and Malachi
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Winslow M.
Alexandria, VA
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Fishing with Jerry

VERIFIED   August 1, 2020
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Matthew
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Full Day on the Bay

VERIFIED   August 23, 2018
We booked a full day charter and were appreciative that Captain Jerry called it due to poor weather conditions. The next day,...
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