An E-mail from Marty and Nancy Dietz

A true fishing testimonial from HAPPY BarHopp'R clients. Read about Marty and Nancy's experience with Capt. Butch Rickey, one of the top native Florida fishing guides, backcountry fishing and flats fishing in the waters of Pine Island Sound around Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, and Pine Island. In his weekly Florida fishing reports he tells all about snook fishing, redfish fishing, tarpon fishing, and trout fishing.

Subject: Many Thanks!

Date: 9/13/98



CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN, What have you done? After our trip on September 3, my beloved weakfish and blues of the Deleware Bay will never be the same. Now, I have only the Stripers of Fall to look forward to.

What a spectacular trip we had. Quality and Quantity. The Redfish and Snook were on a suicide mission. The weather wasn't what a fisherman would hope for to start off the day, but with Nancy's OK and your positive feelings the fish would bite. We stepped into the box and hit a Grand Slam. I never expected to do so well.

My earliest memories are of fishing with my Dad, I've done lots of lower budget fishing, a bunch of offshore and inshore charters, and I've been around. BUT, you really impressed me. You have got one great operation going. When Nancy and I left you for the drive back to the resort we both felt like we were leaving a friend. Your equipment and the BARHOPPR are top shelf, but more important is your fish-side manner. We felt more like we were fishing with a friend who was in familiar waters than with some guy we just met who runs a fishing guide business. And yes, it surprises Nancy, but I admit I did learn from you. Also, I've been practicing with the cast net. You never know when we'll make a return appearnace.

You may be thinking that my tune would be different if the fish hadn't cooperated. Well, as I said, I've been around and I know fishin' ain't always catchin'. From my observations, I believe you would have done all you could to get us tight lines and the trip still would have been an enjoyable learning experience in a beautiful area.

Thank you again for a GREAT day. Nancy sends her best. We look forward to fishing with you again. Until then, it will gbe good to hear from you.

Good Fishing

Marty Dietz

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