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Charter boat captain making a living out of his passion

Captain Alan Alexander of York River Charters grew up in Croaker on the York River. His earliest memories are of fishing with his father, a Navy man who himself was the son of a sailor. As a man, Alexander joined the Navy himself and saw the world before settling on the Outer Banks, where he continued his love of fishing.

When his father’s health deteriorated, the captain returned to Virginia, and he’s been here ever since. Nine years ago, he decided he might as well make a living out of the thing he loves most, and he started his charter boat business, providing private fishing and sightseeing charters out of York River Yacht Haven in Gloucester Point.

Alexander offers everything from a two-hour sightseeing cruise to an eight-hour fishing charter. He fishes by season, chasing the migrating species that work their way in and out of the Chesapeake Bay. He’ll even take his guests outside the bay when the spadefish or red drum are running. Night tours are not off the table.


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