Top Notch Charters

Top Notch Charters offers inshore and nearshore trips, catching a variety of species off the coast of Virginia Beach. If you want to spend a memorable time on the water with your family and friends, or just want to dive into pro fishing, the crew has something for you.

Your host for the day is Captain Russ. He’s been fishing for over 3 decades, and will accommodate you and your fellow anglers aboard his 53’ offshore sportfishing boat of custom make. It can take up to 6 anglers, and comes equipped with outriggers, latest electronics, GPS, a fishfinder, flybridge, ice box, and live bait well. She also offers a bed, toilet, microwave, and a fridge.

You will go fishing for Cobia, Redfish, Bluefish, or Sharks. Depending on the season, you might see other big fish swim nearby. You will go trolling, or anchor your boat near one of the hot spots and try to lure the fish, spinning and drift fishing.

You will get rods, reels, and tackle once you step onboard. The fishing license is included in the trips rates. The first mate will work to make your trip enjoyable. A gratuity of 15–20% is gladly accepted.

As you set out, you will first go and catch some live bait, usually small Bluefish. You will then go after the main prize. The trips are great for novice fishermen who want to see how angling works, or families with kids looking for a nice activity outdoors.

Bring snacks, and drinks, pack your sunscreen, shades, a cap. Take your camera, and come along for a day of fun with Top Notch Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $2,400
    price breakdown
    $2,400
    This trip will take you out to the deep offshore waters for 12 hours of angling excitement. You'll be targeting big Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 31
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This half day trip is a great way to spend time with family and friends. You will head out in the morning and have time to see how angling is done. Inshore, you can catch Spanish Mackerel, and small Bluefish. But don't be surprised if bigger fish come near. Nearshore, prepare to catch Sharks, Cobia, and King Mackerels. You can troll or anchor anywhere between a mile or eight to catch live bait, and then lure other fish. Tackle, bait, ice, and licenses are included in the trip rates.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 31
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    On this afternoon trip, you will head out, and target a variety of species. Inshore, it's Spanish Mackerel, and small Bluefish. A bit further off, go for Sharks, Cobia, and King Mackerels. You can troll or anchor anywhere between a mile or eight to catch live bait, and then lure other fish. The captain will provide tackle, bait, ice, and licenses. Bring food, drinks, and come enjoy some quality time with family and friends on the water.
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About the Captain

Russ Kostinas
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
22 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since July 2017
Russ Kostinas has been a fisherman for the past 35 years. Before becoming a captain, he used to work as a mate for 3 decades, honing his fishing skills and acquiring knowledge. He now runs fishing trips that suit both pro anglers and families.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White) Marlin (White)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Spadefish Spadefish

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Carolina Custom (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2014. Powered by 2 480HP Cummins 6.7L engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots.

Length
53 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
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Half Day Trip with Captain Russ
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Scott S.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   August 18, 2020
The charter operator canceled 1 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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David Y.
Virginia Beach, VA
 5.00
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Full day deep sea trip with captain Russ and captain Bobby

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore on July 13, 2020
When your sons tell you “That was the best fishing trip we have done so far,” not much to add! Had a great trip. Russ asked...
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Andy E.
Hartville, OH
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Best Charter hands down out of VA beach!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 28, 2020
We had a great time with Top Notch! We booked them last minute because we had our travel plans to Florida messed up by COVID...
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Amear T.
Clifton, VA
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Four Hour Trip with Top Notch Charters

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 4, 2020
Captain Russ and his mate Bobby did a great job at making our fishing trip enjoyable. They respected our desire to wear masks...
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Gregory P.
Chesapeake, VA
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Half Day Trip with Captain Russ

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 11, 2020
Everyone in our group had an awesome time! Caught an abundance of huge fish. Thank you Captain Russ and Reese. Our dinner table...
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