My name is Capt. Jeff Pharis. My family and I reside in St. Mary’s County Maryland. I am owner and operater of Bay River Fishing, LLC. I have been fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries for over 30 years. I began fishing at a young age with my father, targeting everything from bluegills to big bluefish. He instilled in me a love of the outdoors and being on the water. As a teenager I began working on several charter boats out of Solomon’s Island, Maryland as a deckhand. At the age of 19 I obtained my USCG captains license and began running boats for other captains. In 2004 I purchased the bay built “Iris Marie” and started Bay River Fishing, LLC. In 2010 we sold the “Iris Marie” and purchased the “Miss Evelyn”. During this time I have also been involved in commercial fishing for finfish, blue crabs, and oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. I have held several non fishing related jobs in the marine industry on the Chesapeake Bay as well. I am a member of the National Association Of Charter Boat Operators, Maryland Charter Captains Association, St. Mary’s County Charter Boat Group, and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission’s Finfish Advisory Committee.
Capt. Chris Hayden is our deckhand and fill in Captain. Chris has worked for us since 2005. He also began fishing recreationally with his family on the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers as a child. Chris is very knowledgeable about the waters of the Bay, quick to aid our anglers with a helping hand, and is always polite and courteous.