Frequently Asked Questions
VA Charters relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsorship, and fund raising events to support our charter boat trips. It costs VA Charters approximately $125 per veteran, per trip.
You can contact us directly through this website, or the head of your veterans organization may contact us if you have a group that would like to go out. Please be advised that we will need a copy of your DD214 to provide proof of your discharge status. Disabled Veterans possessing an honorable discharge are eligible to participate.
Depending on the boat, 4 – 6 passengers plus crew. VA Charters reserves the right to decide how many passengers will be allowed on any trip. All of our captains will possess, at minimum, a US Coast Guard ‘OUPV’ or ‘6-Pack’ license, which means they can take 6 passengers in addition to their crew. If you have more than 6 people, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
No. Our fundraising efforts are the foundation that allow us to provide our services at no cost to the veteran.
All you need to bring is yourself and something to eat and drink. We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat as well. We will provide all gear, bait, and tackle.
No. The permits that the individual charter boats hold cover the passengers while on the charter fishing trip.
Severe weather is a serious safety issue while on the water, and we put the safety of our passengers first. Trips will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather, rough sea conditions, storm warnings or mechanical problems. The decision to postpone, if necessary, will be made anywhere from 2 days to 3 hours before departure. If the weather deteriorates during a trip, the captain will head back to the dock.
Most trips last between 4-5 hours.
Yes! You may keep your catch as long as your fish meets applicable regulations for minimum and maximum length and doesn’t exceed legal quantities. Any fish you keep will be cleaned and bagged for you to bring home.
Some passengers prefer to stick it out; others will prefer to go in. The captain will allow you to make the decision unless he/she feels it is in your best interest to return to the dock.
Generally, individuals are allowed to take one trip per year with Veteran Angler Charters. This ensures that all eligible veterans desiring to fish with us can be accommodated. However, high demand for trips in any given area may result in longer waits in between trips.