Guided Fishing Trips

Guided Fishing Trips

Discover the James continues to build excitement and knowledge into our Guided Fishing Trips to give our guests the best trip possible.  Whether you are enjoying a shore lunch on the Discovery Barge II, with fresh fried catfish, cole slaw, potato salad and fruit or holding a world class sized blue catfish for the fishing photo of a lifetime or maybe it's just a beautiful sunrise as you start to cast your lines into the water, we strive to offer the best trips possible. 

Catfishing on the James River is an amazing year around fishery while the shad fishing is excellent in the early spring.  Both trips offer fishermen of all ages an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Our recommendations for these trips are as follows: 

Shore Lunch
How about adding a fresh fried catfish meal on a fishing trip. Cole slaw, potato salad, drinks, homemade tartar sauce ... oh yeah.  If have an interest in this special lunch opportunity on the pontoon boat (blue catfish trip or shad trip only), click the Shore Lunch link above.


For more information or to book a Guided Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or
Need A Virginia Freshwater Fishing License?
Top, left photo: I was guiding for blue catfish in April 2010 and saw this incredible sunrise.  Just as the sun started to peak over the tree line I grabbed my camera and something magical happened.  The mist on the water lit and I noticed the rod tips were in the image, so I started to play with the elements.  This is my favorite picture from that morning sunrise, entitled, 'The Magic of Fishing'
-- Photo by Discover the James
Right photo:  On a Flathead Catfish fishing trip, these two ladies went crazy for about 20 minutes. Each had a fish on and then another and then another. All in all there were six flathead catfish caught before they knew it. It was a great run of fish and here they posed with all six fish (two are hidden).  Nice work ladies ... good stuff!  
-- Photo by Discover the James



What do people have to say about our fishing trips?  "I am so thankful for what you do and the 'fishing bug' you have inspired in my sons.  You have given my boys something to look forward to for the rest of their lives.  Thank you."   -- Mother of two sons who are new fishing 'fin'attics.
"I believe fishing will take over golf as the place for business decisions being made."  
-- Anonymous