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Angler’s Connection Guide Service is proud to offer a broad range of quality light tackle and fly fishing trips throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The Chesapeake is an angler’s paradise and the “Striped Bass Capital of the World.” In addition to stripers, the Bay also offers good opportunities for Bluefish, Spanish Mackeral, Redfish, and Speckled Trout.

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Nothing like a bent rod!

Angler’s Connection offers fishing opportunities in a variety of ways, locations, and techniques. Big fish in shallow water, breaking fish on the surface, jigging offshore structure, casting to a serene shoreline, and working top-water lures over a tide rip are possible on the Bay, sometimes all in one outing! Great fishing, good humor, and a knowledgeable guide are what you get when you fish Capt. Richie Gaines and Angler’s Connection Guide Service.

Your Guide

Guiding professionally in the Chesapeake Bay region for over thirty years, I’ve earned a reputation as one of the premier light tackle and fly fishing guides on the Chesapeake. A good guide should be part fish, teacher & coach, with a bit of stand-up comic thrown in. Catching fish is certainly the primary goal, but learning and improving techniques and tactics while having fun is an added bonus when we fish together. Remember, knowledge has no value unless it is shared.

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Let’s go fishing!

As a “guerrilla” guide – I follow the best fishing opportunities up and down the Chesapeake throughout the year. From shallow water fishing on the Susquehanna Flats in the spring, jigging structure in the mid-Bay, or the early winter bite on the lower reaches of the Bay, I’m there with the knowledge, equipment, and gear to guide you!

I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and spend a great deal of time chasing fish and game on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Fishing the Chesapeake Bay region for 40+ years and my desire to share my knowledge evolved into forming Anglers’ Connection Guide Service. The best fishing gear, boats, & equipment the industry has to offer coupled with a lot of local fishing knowledge allow me to provide quality and enjoyable fishing trips for my customers.

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Redfish anyone?

I’ve been fortunate to have been featured on ESPN’s North American Outdoors, OLN’s Sport Fishing Magazine, and Fishing with Roland Martin television showsI am a proud member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a founding member and President of the Chesapeake Guides Association, and served as Chairman of the Maryland Sport Fishing Advisory Commission for several years. While I have certainly benefited from working on the Bay I have also worked hard to give back to the resource and it’s fisheries.

CONTACT CAPT. RICHIE AT 410.310.1700

7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Warren Butrim
    May 19, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Just wanted to let you know how impressed my friends and I where with our trip with you yesterday. You reaffirmed what our goals where and proceeded to deliver a highly informative morning on the waters of Eastern Bay and the Kent Narrows area. We will be well prepared for our light tackle trips through the summer and into the fall. I especially appreciated how hard you worked to put us on fish despite the weather and lack of tidal current. Well done!

  2. Joseph Slayton
    March 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Captain Gaines: On behalf of the Free State Fly Fishers of Maryland (FSFF), thank you for your excellent presentation (March 2, 2016). Several of the club members of nearly 30 years mentioned to me that yours was the most informative talk on light tackle fishing they had ever heard. You have turned nearly 3 decades of observations and experiences about water quality, food sources and locations into a time proven science for catching fish.

    Thanks again Richie for sharing the wealth of knowledge you have gained through years of experience (“experience matters”) and your great presentation and masterful delivery!

    Joe Slayton,
    USEPA R3 Senior Scientist, Retired
    FSFF Speaker Coordinator (Volunteer)

  3. MIKE SIMONEAUX
    May 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    RICHIE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP OUT ON EASTERN BAY THIS PAST WEEKEND. I ENJOYED FISHING WITH YOU, MITCH AND PAUL. YOU ARE WHAT I CALL A REAL BOAT CAPTAIN AND FRIEND. YOU MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME ON BOARD YOUR BOAT. THANK YOU AGAIN AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I REALLY ENJOYED THOSE FISHING TIPS YOU SHARED WITH US.

  4. Tom Teal
    June 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    What does your September calendar look like?

    1. Richie Gaines
      June 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Tom

      I’m booked for the rest of 2018, sorry.

  5. Steve Esmacher
    November 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Thought I might catch you ashore on this nasty day.

    I attended your Pasadena Sport Fishing talk last month; good stuff. You mentioned you use 5 lures. I think one was BKD and another you got from Bass Pro.

    Would you mind giving me more details on your 5?

    Also, have you started booking for 2019?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    1. Richie Gaines
      December 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Steve

      Thank you. I use two different swim baits a lot. I like the 4 1/2″ Swimmin Minnow by Barlow’s Tackle and the 5″ Berkley Havoc Grass Pig. I will start building my 2019 calendar in February.

      Richie

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