The Fishing Detective Guide Agency

The Fishing Detective Guide Agency is located in Marbury and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters.

Capt. Kenneth will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. This involves 4-hour trips, mainly fishing for Snakehead and Bass, depending on the season and conditions on the day. Snakehead Trips are very popular on the Potomac and the Potomac is the best Northern Snakehead fishery in the world.

The Potomac trips will have varying start times as well as launch locations. It is necessary to communicate with the captain so that these times/locations can be discussed.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 21’ Ranger boat that can safely take up to 2 anglers. All rods, reels and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. The Fishing Detective is partnered with Simms, Yeti, Quantum, Seaguar, Kuiu, Fishing Complete Inc, TH Marine, Vortex Optics, Woo Tungsten, Ardent Outdoors, Bigmouth Lures.

Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day. The Fishing Detective Guide Agency offers only catch and release trips, so any fish you catch will be returned to the water. The captain can’t guarantee fish but he can guarantee that he will work as hard as possible. Capt. Kenneth fishes over 160 days a year to do his best to make memories with his guests. You’ll be fishing with artificial lures so a big part of success will be down to your skill. Whatever the skill level, Capt. Kenneth believes that a guest will walk away knowing more about fishing than when he arrived.

Book your trip now and hit the water with The Fishing Detective Guide Agency.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day morher and father day spec
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $250
    Tbe fish detective celebrates moms and dads. This is a half day special for sons and daughters that accompany their parent for mothers or father’s day.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Snakehead
    Snakehead
  • Private trip
    After work afternoon trip special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    US $275
    This is an afternoon 4 hr after work special for snajeheads snd bass on the potomac river. This is my favorite time to fish the potomac. Trips start around 4 pm (flexable) and last for 4 hours. The river is usually empty of boats and the whole river is ours. I usually launch from leesylvania.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Snakehead
    Snakehead
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Potomac Bass
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    US $325
    A four-hour Bass fishing trip on the tidal Potomac River. The launch and starting times vary from day to day depending on weather, season, and fish activity. Launch locations include Smallwood State Park, Leesylvania State Park, Gravelly Point, Ft. Washington Marina and Slavins Boat Ramp. The fishing is done with artificial lures and is catch and release. The captain tries to pick a time/location where tides provide the best opportunity to catch fish.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Snakehead
    Snakehead
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Potomac Snakehead
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    US $325
    The half day trip is 4 hours on the tidal Potomac River with varying morning and afternoon start times. The launch locations also vary from Washington DC to southern Maryland. I primarily use Smallwood State Park for snakehead trips and we offer these trips from June 1 through fall. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT STARTING TIMES VARY.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Snakehead
    Snakehead
  • Private trip
    Full day Potomac bass/snakehead
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $525
    A full day is a 7 hr trip with all equipment and licensing included. Launch locations vary and fkexible starting times. The day includes the tsrgeying of potomac river largemouth bass and snakeheads with artificial lures.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Snakehead
    Snakehead
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Excellent
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Brian W.
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Ken is the man!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Potomac Bass on May 16, 2024
What a great experience for the second consecutive year!  Ken is such an interesting guy, really gets to know you and takes...
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Eric K.
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Fantastic day on the water

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Potomac Bass on April 27, 2024
Ken is such a great guide. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a fun and comfortable trip. You can tell he knows the...
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Bill P.
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Captain Ken would get my recommendation.

VERIFIED   NEW  After work afternoon trip special on May 17, 2024
Ken is very personable and knowledgeable about the area. He was very helpful in showing you how to fish the areas that he took...
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Tim K.
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Excellent Guide

VERIFIED   NEW  Full day Potomac bass/snakehead on May 14, 2024
Captain Ken provided us with a wonderful day of fishing on beautiful water . I was impressed with his knowledge, helpful tips...
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Chi T.
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Expert Guide

VERIFIED   NEW  After work afternoon trip special on April 29, 2024
Once again, Capt. Kenneth got us on tons of fish. We had excellent time!
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FAQs about The Fishing Detective Guide Agency

The Fishing Detective Guide Agency offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $250 per group - Half day morher and father day spec (4 hours)
  • US $275 per group - After work afternoon trip special (4 hours)
  • US $325 per group - Half Day Trip – Potomac Bass (4 hours)
  • US $325 per group - Half Day Trip – Potomac Snakehead (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group - Full day Potomac bass/snakehead (7 hours)

When you book a trip with The Fishing Detective Guide Agency, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Lowrance
  • Fishfinder Lowrance

Trips booked with The Fishing Detective Guide Agency include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle ($20 dollar charge and pay for broken)
  • Lures (must pay for lost lures)
  • Fishing License (on Potomac the boat is licensed )

The Fishing Detective Guide Agency offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers )

The Fishing Detective Guide Agency offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with The Fishing Detective Guide Agency include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Snakehead

Meet the Captain

Kenneth Penrod III
Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
16 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
21 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2021
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
The Fishing Detective is the "hardest working guide on the river" with an impeccable reputation and over 40 years of experience. Kenneth Penrod III has no criminal history, CPR/first aid certified, drug tested, fully chartered insured, and licensed to guide in DC, VA, MD and PA. The Fishing Detective is a nationally published writer, son of Fishing Hall of Fame Potomac River guide, former treasurer and vice chair of MD DNR Catcha Poacher Program and Black Bass Subcommittee. The Fishing Detective served a calling for 27 years in law enforcment only to be rewarded by a higher power so that he can now live his dream.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Snakehead Snakehead

Boat specs

Ranger (Bass boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 67 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Lowrance
Fishfinder
Lowrance

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
$20 dollar charge and pay for broken
Lures
must pay for lost lures
Fishing License
on Potomac the boat is licensed

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
No Smoking
No Alcohol
Catch and Release Mandatory
except for snakeheads

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
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Checks
Bank Transfer