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Expectations
May 24, 2023
The hiring of a fishing guide can be an anxious experience. One is investing their money so whst should you expect from your investment ? Catching fish ? That’s a reasonable expectation but not always controllble by even a guide thst fishes every single day. Theres just too many variables out of the guides control. However that is the goal and it is reasonable but not always within the guides total control. So what is in the guides control and what is not only reasonable but a non negotiable expectation of a guide ? Heres my expectstions of myself ? 1. Be on time with equipment prepared. 2. Provide 100% effort to make clients experience positive. That includes the guide having a positive, friendly and patient attitude. 3. Make time on the water a learning experience. A guide is an instructor and the client should be a better fishernan after getting off the guudes boat. 4. A guide should understand the clients goals, experience and limitations. A client should not be placed in a position to fail or placed in positions that threaten their physical health. There will be bad days. I grew up among the best fishermen and guides in my area. My relatives are in the Fishing Hall of Fame. I know that fishing is managing failure. Most if our casts result in failure. How do you manage little failures vs big failures. That’s the challenge of being a fishing guide. One can only control the controllable. As a fishing guide hall of famer taught me “if you cant handle a bad day - u wont be a fishing guide for very long”. No truer words have ever been spoken. A client should expect that their guide control the controllable.
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What anglers said about fishing in Washington DC

Every fishing trip is a fishing trip make sure you are going to have fun weather you catch fish or not before you go and you can’t go wrong catching fish will be a bonus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Every fishing trip is a fishing trip make sure you are going to have fun weather you catch fish or not before you go and you can’t go wrong catching fish will be a bonus.
Theodore  B.
Theodore B. Temple Hills, MD
It's a great place to booked your fishing trip. Very easy and convenient to get too with adequate parking
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a great place to booked your fishing trip. Very easy and convenient to get too with adequate parking
Tony  C.
Tony C. Alexandria, Virginia
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Matthew  A.
Matthew A. Frederick, Maryland
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, VA
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Anatoly  C.
Anatoly C. Annapolis, Maryland
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Robin  C.
Robin C. Chesapeake Beach, MD
Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
David  K.
David K. Ashburn, VA
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Excellent
5.0 / 5
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. United States
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Robyn  J.
Robyn J. Sharpsburg, MD
Helpful to go with Captain & First mate that will communicate about the sea.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Helpful to go with Captain & First mate that will communicate about the sea.
Kelita  A.
Kelita A. Waldorf, Maryland
You never know what you’ll bring in the boat. It was an off day, not a lot fish caught. But, still was a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You never know what you’ll bring in the boat. It was an off day, not a lot fish caught. But, still was a lot of fun.
Sharon  S.
Sharon S. Shippensburg, PA
Want to try earlier in the season to fish for larger Rockfish—we caught and released smaller ones this time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Want to try earlier in the season to fish for larger Rockfish—we caught and released smaller ones this time.
Robert  L.
Robert L. Winder, Georgia
You bet I'd recommend Deale fishing. Of course, we happened to have great weather just after the super hot heat wave in July 2019. Definite return trips in the future.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You bet I'd recommend Deale fishing. Of course, we happened to have great weather just after the super hot heat wave in July 2019. Definite return trips in the future.
Barry  B.
Barry B. Fairfax, VA
Great place to leave from and conveniently closer to home than other places
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to leave from and conveniently closer to home than other places
Jose  A.
Jose A. Woodbridge, Virginia
My son and I thought this was a great trip. The captain was very knowledgeable, helpful, everything was great. We would definitely book another trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My son and I thought this was a great trip. The captain was very knowledgeable, helpful, everything was great. We would definitely book another trip.
Gary  Y.
Gary Y. Frederick, Maryland
Schedule your trip on a week day. There are too many boats on the bay on the weekend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Schedule your trip on a week day. There are too many boats on the bay on the weekend.
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Wallace, NC
Best part of our vacation thanks captain Darnell. A great experience because of a great captain. Would recomend to everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best part of our vacation thanks captain Darnell. A great experience because of a great captain. Would recomend to everyone.
Terry  H.
Terry H. Washington, DC
Captain Ritchy knows where to go and has years of experience. What a pleasure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ritchy knows where to go and has years of experience. What a pleasure.
Chad  B.
Chad B. Centreville, MD
Book this trip , Captain Marion is amazing!!!!! My family and i loved this trip and will return again next year!!!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book this trip , Captain Marion is amazing!!!!! My family and i loved this trip and will return again next year!!!!!!
Paul  H.
Paul H. Wellsboro, PA