"I’ve been fishing with Tommy for 27 years now and hope to continue for another 27! I’ve had a great time on my 3 trips so far this year. Looking forward to continued fun and more ice chests full of fish!"
-- AJ Smith May 26, 2016
"Tommy, wow!! We had a great time fishing today This was a very special trip for our family, three generations of Story men and me the lone female. How fun it was to watch my FIL who is 80 catch red! Watching Kirk and our son, Earl catch more fish, wow wee! Of course I had a blast catching them too!! This was our second trip (me, Kirk, and Earl) first for Buddy (aka FIL/Earl). You have worked very hard both times to get us a good catch. This time you really showed your grit, getting in the water to catch bait. After we saw the shark.
Coming from a daughter of a dad who was a very longtime freshwater guide and who grew up fishing you know your stuff. You don't stay at a spot if it is not producing, you move around till there is some action--keepers. It is fun to catch reds but it is more fun to catch some keepers."
-- Cindy Aug. 7, 2016
"My son and I have started a new tradition of father son fishing trips to Rockport. Tommy has always been reliable and great to work with. We consistently catch nice fish and have a great time. We now plan our trips around Tommy being available."
-- Cindy March 4, 2016
"Im so glad I booked our trip with you. As you know this was my husbands birthday present. You made the trip fun for us. We will highly recommend you to all. Thanks so much, The Rudd's"
-- B. Rudd Feb.15, 2015
"Had a great time on all 3 trips with my kids. Thanks for your patience."
--Anita T. Feb. 9, 2015
"My family will without a doubt be back again. Gonna make this a annual trip !!!!!"
--H. Livingston Feb. 7, 2015
"Tommy, your passion for fishing is truly remarkable."
--Steven J. Jan. 30, 2015
"Thanks for a awesome two days on the water. Already looking at calendar for next trip with you."
--R.Sampson Jan. 15, 2015
"Love your boat!!!! Thanks for showing my kids a great time."
--Beverly M. Jan. 15, 2015
"Tommy we had a blast. DEFINITELY will be back again."
--C. Armstrong Jan. 10, 2015
"Tommy your the best guide ever !!!!!!"
--Julie B. Dec. 7, 2014
"Barnard's Guide Service just a quick note. I will recommend you to family members, clients and friends of mine. Your a great people person."
--James C. Dec. 2, 2014
"Well our fishing trips were fantastic. This was our 4th trip with you in 2 years. Your tops with our children. They talked non stop all the way home. They kept saying when are we going fishing with Mr. Tommy again ??? Thanks and we will be in touch."
--Kristen D. May 15, 2014
"Tommy thanks a million. My kids had a great time once again with you. Looking forward to another trip with you !."
--Murphy D. March 4, 2014
"My wife and I had such a great time once again fishing with Tommy! He is very knowledgable on the water and made us feel very comfortable on the boat. His humor certainly adds a flare that not many guides have. This was our second trip with Tommy and we are planning on booking with him again. He certainly gets you on the fish you are looking for!"
--Aaron and Lindsay March 30, 2013
"Tommy has been taking me and my twin boys fishing several times a year for over 4 years. The boys love him. The boys were 6 when we started using Tommy. He is great with kids. Boys won’t listen to me but they will listen to Tommy. The boys can name more water fowl and coastal birds than I even new existed thanks to Tommy. If you want to catch fish and take your kids and have a great time -- Tommy is the man!"
"Spring Break 2013 was the best trip yet! We booked several trips this week and came away with 3 Reds (biggest 30”) and 33 Huge Black Drum. We limited out one day. At one point we could see the drum coming at us in waves! What a blast. I had to go to Walmart and buy another cooler because we had so many fish. Some of our best memories are fishing with Tommy.
Thanks for the fantastic time . . ."
--The Harpers, Spring, TX
"Tommy: Thanks for a great day on water. It had been too long since we last fished together, but it was well worth the wait. You know I love to fish for redfish, and you put us on them. My friend Scott caught his biggest redfish ever, and that was all he could talk about the rest of the day! Best of all, you continue to make every trip enjoyable for everyone in the boat. I can’t wait for the next trip—maybe I’ll finally take you up on your offer to try some flounder gigging."
"We had a fantastic time fishing with Captain Tommy earlier this week. Due to having a younger angler with us, we only fished for a 1/2 day, but Tommy made it the most fun 1/2 day we've had in a long time! He knows how to make sure a dad and his sons have a memorable adventure. He knew right where to take us, and we immediately began catching Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, and even an all out battle with a Cow-nosed Ray! We will definitely book with Tommy on our next trip to the Coastal Bend. Thanks for showing us a great time."
--Bryan, Dennis & Stewart C.
"Tommy...in our family, fishing is a family affair...we eat, breathe, and sleep fishing! Once again, you gave our family another great vacation memory and left us wanting more! Even though we went out hoping to get into the reds, you quickly adapted to the changing tide conditions and put us on the trout and we couldn't have had more fun. We are already trying to figure out how soon we can come back to Rockport and go out with you on another trip...maybe even try our hand at flounder gigging! Thanks again for the memories!"
--Becky, Buddy, and Josh S.
"My wife and I have been fishing with Tommy for over 20 years and have always had a great time....many times we have limited out on trout, redfish, or black drum. We just finished a 2 day trip and we caught 7 trout within the size limit (we lost several others) and landed 5 redfish (2 at 27”). You can’t beat the service and flexibility from Captain Tommy! Don’t forget to stay at the Lighthouse Inn in Rockport/Fulton for special service at a great price"
--Don and Anita Smith
"We done the combo deal with Tommy starting with Red fishing in morning and finishing the night off with Flounder gigging. What a great time. That was the second time I had been out with Tommy and I called him back because I knew how hard he works to put you on the fish. A real hard worker and great equipment. He grew up in Rockport so he knows the area better than any. Thanks for a splendid time Tommy. We’ll be back again."
--Eddy G - Georgetown, TX
"We went fishing with Captain Tommy October 20, 2010 and had such a great time. Captain Tommy put us on keeper red fish within minutes of hitting the water. Every place he stopped, we caught fish. Trout, black drum and plenty of reds. And then while sight fishing for some black drum, my husband watched a 40 inch red fish come up and take his bait and run. WOW! After a 45 minute battle on 10 lb test and Captain Tommy's guidance, my husband landed the fish of a lifetime. We will definitely will go out with Captain Tommy again, and again!"
--John and Shannon - Euless, TX
"August, 2009: We headed out of Cove Harbor before dawn with high spirits and low expectations due to the lack of rain and high salinity in the Bay. First trout in the box by 7:00 a.m. and more followed. With smiles and sunscreen on our faces, we headed for the flats to try our luck on Reds. Tommy did not disappoint us. His knowledge of the Bays, patient teaching of new techniques, and sense of humor made our day on the Bay a most memorable event. Tommy Barnard’s boat is one of my new favorite “happy places” in all of Texas. Coming back in September to fish with Cap’n Tommy."
--Carol S. - Dallas, TX
"Tommy, I appreciate you going the extra mile for us. When we caught our trout and it was still early you took us redfishing instead of taking us in. We have used alot of guides in Rockport and there is not a close second to you. We will recommend you and we will be back."
"Dear Tommy, just a quick note that we started fishing with you in 1986, and you still have the fire to show us a great time on the water. I know that alot of my clients that I have taken over the years are now booking you themselves. Please save me a couple of days a year if you would."
"Tommy, just wanted you to know that you are truly gifted as a Guide. We always have a blast with you. You may be our fishing guide , but you are also considered a friend of mine."
"I am not very familiar with the area but was told to book a trip with Captain Tommy by some friends of mine. After being on the water I realized that we were going to have a good trip. Captain Tommy made sure that we not only found fish but that we also got the full amount of time which we had paid for. When the day was said and done we had caught at least 50 trout and several redfish. I will definitely be booking another trip with Capt. Tommy in the near future and I would like to thank him for a good time."
--Michael B. - Austin, TX
"Captain Tommy will definitely get you on the fish. The first location we stopped at, on the first cast we hooked trout. We caught several trout at that spot. Tommy made it the best trip that I've ever been on. I can't wait to do it again."
--Rick and Stephanie - San Antonio, TX