Guided Fishing Trips

 
 

Guided Fishing Trips

Discover the James builds excitement and incorporates 20 years of guiding knowledge into our Fishing Trips.  Whether you are holding a world class sized blue catfish for the fishing photo of a lifetime or reeling in a spring run hickory shad, as it leaps from the river, or perhaps it's the beautiful sunrise your taking in as we begin to cast lines into the river's depths ... we strive to offer the best trips possible. 
 
Catfishing on the James River remains an amazing fishery and the shad fishing gets stronger every year. All trips offer anglers of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors. 
 
 
Blue Catfish               
Now taking reservations for November/December 2021 & March/April 2022

 

Flathead Catfish       
2021 is fully booked
 
Shad                           
Now taking reservations for April 2022

 

 
For more information or to book a Guided Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or Mike@DiscovertheJames.com
 
Fishing License Info 
If fishing from the Pontoon Boat, the Discovery Barge II, you do not need a fishing license as the boat has one that covers anyone fishing in tidal waters.  If you are going flathead fishing trip on the raft, and 16 years of age or older, you will need a VA Freshwater Fishing License and you can get one by clicking the following link.  
 
 
Top, left photo: Sometimes a guest wants to land a flathead catfish by hand (normally my job!). In this pic I took, since my hands were free, a flathead goes haywire as it gets close to the raft. If you are wondering, the fish was landed! Afterwards, happy photos were taken. Flathead catfish have loads of tiny sand paper-like teeth ... 1000's of them, so gloves are highly recommended when trying to land one. In order to land the fish properly, you have to grab it in the mouth!
-- Photo by Discover the James
 
Right photo:  On a Flathead Catfish fishing trip, these two lady anglers went fish crazy for about 20 minutes. Each had a fish on and then another and then another. In total, there were six flathead catfish caught and before they knew it the bottom of the raft was full of these awesome creatures. It was a great run of fish and here they posed with all six fish (two are hidden). All were released back into the river, swimming away with plenty of vigor. 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.