I'm Captain Jaime Hughes. Yes, I'm a real USCG Licensed Captain, and Yes, its spelled J-A-I-M-E . I've been fishing the Susquehanna River and local waterways since I was a little girl in the 80's. Fishing has been my life long passion. I've traveled all over, in and out of the country to target fish on my bucket list. After many years of personal fishing and bass tournament fishing, I started a bank fishing club. That was when I learned my true TRUE passion was helping people fish. The smiles are awesome. The memories, priceless. Which all lead to what we know now as BreakLine Charters.
In order to be a fishing guide in PA all one needs to do is purchase a $100 Guide Permit online, which is sold to anyone 16 and older and is good for one year. Its a permit. Not a license. Our state doesn't do much screening. For good or bad. For good, it lets many pursue their passion without much investment and committment. A lot of great guides have been born from our state. For bad, zero real life boating experience is needed. Passing the on-line boating course is acceptable. They don't do any boat inspections. NO back ground checks. No drug tests. We have some of the most relaxed guide rules of any state.
I started with the PA Guide permit, which I still need to get like everyone else every year. But soon after becoming a Guide, I started my Captains license process. Which is not necessary in PA, but was important to me. It's a heck of a process and financial commitment. Back ground checks. Sea School. Physical. Drug tests. Sea time. I also wanted all of my endorsements. (Inland, Off-Shore, Great Lakes) I don't know If I'll always maintain them, not likely, but my goal was to have all of them on my first one. The collective on-water experience to get them all, was just so awesome. Anyhow, I did it. In 2014 I got my OUPV6PACK MMC. As a Captain now, I am still subjected to random drug tests. I need to stay up to date on my paper work. I get physicals. It is a military issued credential. I take it very seriously and I would never do anything to jeopardize it. If you choose me to take your family out, you will be in very safe, capable hands.
"Off Season" Jaime
That just means I'm "ON" some where else. I don't take 6 months off. As member of Clam Outdoors Ice Team, I travel a lot over the winter. Doing demo's and presentations and getting on ice as much as possible. I also work at Mountainside Ski and Sports, 2024 will be my 25th year working in the industry. My focus is boot fitting. I make orthotics and do custom work for ski/snowboard boots and athletic/everyday footwear. Stance evaluations. 3-D scanning are just part of my every day, all winter long. Helping people ski/ride/walk better and feel better, from the feet up. Oh and I can get down a slope sort of alright too. On a board or skis, depends on my mood or a lot of times more so, the snow.
My biggest life accomplishment though, is being a Mom. This is my daughter Ashleigh with me in these photos. She fished a lot with me over the years, she's a skilled angler and knows her way around the boat. She even mated for me on the bay! But she has moved on to pursue her passion. She is a PSIA Certified Ski Instructor. Great teacher, beautiful skier, also snowboards too. Just Graduated High School in 2023 and is off to Pitt to major in marketing! I'm incredibly proud of her and so proud to be her mom!