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Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD

Capt. Tom Hughes has been fishing for over 30 years. In 2000 he started guiding on the Maryland Sector of the Chesapeake Bay. He specializes in teaching everything needed to catch striped bass, bluefish, white perch, and other saltwater species on fly or light tackle fishing equipment. Trips are convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, D.C., and Virginia. Please click on the Reviews tab above.
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47 of 47(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
Review 1 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Excellent trip for fly or spin fishermen.,
October 15, 2014
By: lawyerbob
from Southeastern mountains
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"A friend and I took a full day trip with Tom, catching over 30 strippers on fly and spin rods, mostly on top water flies or plugs. Great service and a fun guy to fish all day with."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Day of Rememberance,
October 12, 2014
By: Charlotte14
"The day before our trip, we layed to rest a women know to my kids as "Nan", and to my brother-in-law and as "Mom". We ventured out for a day of fishing, but more importantly a day to decompress and enjoy the wonders of the Chesapeake. Even thought the fish weren't cooperating, Capt Tom, the professional that he is, made it a most memorable day none the less. As we sat in the shadows of the Thomas Point Lighthouse for lunch, we reminisced about lady who was loved by all.
Thank you so much Capt Tom!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Great day on the bay!,
October 7, 2014
By: FishJoshFish
from Washington, DC, USA
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"Great day on the bay. First time fishing for Stripers and Blues and Capt Tom put me on to a lot of fish! 30 plus fish to the boat across a fun day.
Tom is personable and knows the area - where the fish are and how to catch them.
If you enjoy catching good numbers of Stripers from 16-20 inches I recommend this trip.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Great Day on the Bay,
October 6, 2014
By: Rickdlr
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"Capt. Tom did a great job getting us on top of a bunch of rockfish and bluefish. He was very instructional too and I learned a lot from him. I would definitely fish with him again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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chesapeake bay,
September 25, 2014
By: frmrfed
from Baltimore, MD, USA
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"Tom was on time, courteous, knowledgable, hard working. We had a fun day on the bay and caught lots of small stripers. It was fun"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Great Father-Son Trip,
September 25, 2014
By: Dad49
from Maryland, USA
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"Captain Tom Hughes did a great job handling a beginner's fishing trip for my 8-year-old son and me. He made sure we both had a great time, and he was very patient with my over-excited and inquisitive son. I hope to plan another trip with Capt. Tom, and would highly recommend him."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Capt Tom Hughes,
September 15, 2014
By: HTTi
from Maryland
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"My two sons and I went on a day trip with Capt Tom and had a great trip.
The day went by very fast. Capt Tom gave us an action packed experience with no shortcuts as we covered over 65 miles of the bay fishing various structures. We caught stripers, blue fish and white perch. Capt Tom was very good at explaining the areas we were fishing and what we could expect to catch. Will do it again next year.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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May-Chesapeake/Stripers,
July 9, 2014
By: DrWindknot
from Maryland
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"-Outstanding knowledge base
-Excellent skill set
-Top-shelf gear
-Superb planning /execution
-Superior fly-guide on the Bay
-Personable, hard-working
-Highly recommend and will return
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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First Rockfish Charter,
June 19, 2014
By: SemperFish
from Alexandria, VA, USA
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"Did lots of web research and decided on Capt Tom Hughes based on other ratings, Orvis affiliation and the type of fishing he did. For our first Rockfish charter it was a fantastic expeience and that included enough fish to keep the day exciting. Capt Tom was knowledgeable, personable and worked very hard to ensure we found fish. He was also a patient teacher on the right techniques. The lunches made by his wife were hearty and tasty. Gear and tackly were of good quality and the boat was very comfortable with lots of free deck space for fishing. We can't wait to book the next trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Great Day,
May 28, 2014
By: AlexVAAngler
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"It was my first time fly fishing for stripers and Capt. Tom did a great job showing me how it's done!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Light Tackle Striper,
May 22, 2014
By: Dave26
from Potomac River, MD
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"Had a scheduled trip to the Susquehanna Flats for late April but the rains forced us to the Potomac River. Met at the dock at 6:30 where Capt Tom had everything ready and we were fishing within 20 min of launching. Not 10 min later I was hooked up with a 40" striper on a light spinning rod for a fun 10 min fight. Had 7-8 bites and landed 2 more fish over the next couple of hours for a great morning of fishing. Capt Tom is an excellent guide who freely shares his wealth of Chesapeake region fishing knowledge and I plan to head out with him again later this summer on the Upper/Middle Chesapeake."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Chesapeake,
May 21, 2014
By: FogDog
from Bethyl Brook Farm, IN
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"This was my first chance to fish Chesapeake Bay and Capt Hughes put in the extra effort to locate fish before my trip despite uncooprative weather the two days before that ruined the water where we originally planned to fish. He also helped with directions which was a big help since I am unfamiliar with the DC area. I caught lots of fish and enjoed spending the day with Captain Hughes"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Potomic Trip,
May 19, 2014
By: GeorgeC
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"Great day; caught nice size Rock and large mouth bass. Capt Tom was well prepared and eager to put us on fish. We moved and changed bait frequently to maximize our chances for a catch."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Touch Start Great Finish,
May 19, 2014
By: Erock
from Lebanon, PA, USA
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"Wasn't sure we were going to make it this time. We were supposed to fish the Susquehanna Flats, but torrential rains leading up to our trip ruled that out. The Flats were a mud hole and nothing was going to come of fishing them. Capt. Tom suggested that we meet in Annapolis and fish lower down on the Bay. We agreed that sounded like a plan, and drove to Annapolis in driving rain, one of our group coming all the way from Rhode Island, and met Capt. Tom the following morning. Overcast and light drizzle, but the launch area was flooded and we could not get the boat in. Rather than calling it quits, Capt. Tom picked up a launch permit and took us across the Bay Bridge to try a different launch point but that was flooded out too. At this point we thought we were skunked, and were willing to just write it off as the luck of the draw, but Capt. Tom suggested trying to launch from one more spot, this one at the Kent Narrows Bridge, and it was good. Got the boat in and headed down the Eastern Bay looking for stripers, as the skies slowly cleared into what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and flat water. Tried several spots along the way and got some strikes but not much action. So we knew they were out there, but finding them was proving to be a challenge. The water in the Eastern Bay was clear despite all the rain so we were determined and we knew that Capt. Tom would put us on the fish. Well, he did just that. Off a rocky point not far from where Eastern Bay meets the main portion of the Bay we started hitting, and boy did we hit. Nice stripers, good size, lots of fight, LOTS of fish and LOTS of fun. Capt. Tom really worked his tail off for us where a lesser man would have packed it in long before. This wasn't our first trip with Capt. Tom and it certainly won't be our last. What a great day. Thanks Capt. Oh, and, by the way boys, they are still out there because we always release our catch. We like to humiliate them a bit, but not annihilate them."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Excellent Captain,
April 11, 2014
By: FishingBananas
from Baltimore, MD, USA
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"I have spoken to Capt. Hughes a couple of times over the winter and have found him to be a wealth of knowledge. I know when I see him on the water he is catching even when I am not. I decided to take his class and now I know his secrets ;). He was very informative and knowledgable about the waters he fishes. I not only learned about where I was fishing but learned why I was fishing there."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Locating & Catching Striped Bass,
April 10, 2014
By: GeorgeC
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"This was my first experience to learn from a pro guide and it was great. The information is practical and gave me a great insight to the things I have been missing.
Tom loves what he is doing and his enthusiasm is carries into how he teaches. In addition to the theory that he teaches he also includes videos of people actually having success with him. Tremendous value. A previous student recommended Tom and I am glad he did."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Learning the hot spots,
April 9, 2014
By: Billmaz
from Sparrows Point, Edgemere, MD 21219, USA
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"Class was very informative, well worth attending"
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Review 18 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Catching more fish now,
January 26, 2014
By: fairfishtackel
"I was amazed buy what I was taught, and how I was able to catch more fish with less boat movement and had more fun on light tackel.
now I've got my grandson doing it and he is HOOKED, and we have fish to eat.."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Capt. Tom,
November 4, 2013
By: Doublehaul7
from Washington, DC, USA
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"We had a great day fishing with capt Tom Hughes. We caught more than 80 schoolies.
I have fished with tom for about 10 years and cannot wait to fish with him again.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD
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Great Time Fishing with Tom,
November 4, 2013
By: SPAFlyFising
from Annapolis, MD, USA
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"I spent a late fall day fishing the Chesapeake with Tom Hughes. Tome was terrific at finding fish, optimizing our time on the water, and sharing his vast knowledge of light tackle fishing on the bay. I could not have been pleased with his willingness to share his skills and local knowledge for when I am fishing alone."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes