Blue Catfish

 
Blue Catfish Fishing Trip

Now taking reservations for Nov. 2020 - April 2021.

Enjoy the blue catfishing trip from a 24-foot, covered pontoon boat, the Discovery Barge II.  This boat is great for two to six anglers. In the 1970's the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries stocked the James with blue catfish from the Mississippi River drainage.  The blue catfish on the James River has been a trophy fishery for a few decades and they continue to grow and have attained weights of 85 pounds and more. On the Blue Catfish Fish Trip you'll target fish in the 20-50 pound range and take everything else that comes with it. There is also a good population of smaller blues.

Along with the world class trophy blue catfish fishery, the James River is the home of many species of wildlife. Most notable is the bald eagle and the James is considered to be the site of the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire continent. In the fall, the river also has a population of migrating Atlantic sturgeon who swim up the river to spawn, coming from the ocean all the way up to the fall line in downtown Richmond. Over the years, their numbers seem to be growing as they breach the river's surface, sometimes in numbers that are hard to believe.  The Atlantic sturgeon is considered to be the fish that saved Jamestown, are 5 feet to 9 feet long, and can weigh over 300 pounds.   

Enjoy this fishing experience on a Half Day (5-hour) or Full Day (8-hour) trip.  
Fishing trips depart from the Richmond Yacht Basin, unless otherwise noted. 
Click on the following link for directions:  Richmond Yacht Basin, Deep Bottom Park
All fishing gear, tackle, water and snacks are provided. Limited to six passengers.
 
       Half-Day, 5-hour trip.  Up to three,  $450.   Additional guests, $50 each
       Full-Day, 8-hour trip.  Up to three,  $650.  Additional guests, $50 each
 
For more information or to book a Blue Catfish Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or Mike@DiscovertheJames.com

 

Top, left photo:  What is better than two big blue catfish on at the same time? Three big fish on at the same time, as shown here with three lucky, happy anglers.    
-- Photo by Discover the James
 
To the right:  What is better than having three fish on at the same time? Watching two young kids reel in a couple of them.  Yep.
-- Photo by Discover the James
 
 
What do people have to say about this trip?  WOOT WOOT!  That is the biggest fish I have ever seen, let alone caught!  WHOOOO WHOOOO! 
-- Kate W.