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
    $2,600
    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
    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
    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
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29 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 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) Blue Marlin

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

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
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
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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George S.
Charlton, NY
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The Way to Go

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 21, 2021
Whether you’re a first timer or an old pro, the Top Notch, piloted by Captain Russ, is absolutely the way to go.  The boat...
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David F.
Holland, PA
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Great afternoon with Top Notch

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 22, 2021
Booked the 4 hour trip to give the kids a little experience while on vacation.  Captain Russ and the mate were great.  The...
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Gary A.
Washington, District Of Columbia
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 27, 2021
Awesome time.  Just out if the inlet fish were hammering.  The crew moved us around to try and catch something different. ...
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Norfolk, Virginia
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GREAT TIME

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 7, 2021
Captain Russ and first mate Reese were wonderful.  They were very friendly and worked on teaching the kids.  We were on fish...
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United States
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore on August 14, 2021
Captain Russ and his mate were great.  One of if not the best fishing trip we have ever been on.  Highly recommend this...
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FAQs about Top Notch Charters

Top Notch Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $2,600 per group - Extended Full Day Trip – Offshore (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Notch Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen (Microwave and fridge.)
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Top Notch Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate (15-20% tips are greatly appreciated.)
  • Fishing License

Top Notch Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Top Notch Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Top Notch Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Spadefish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo