An E-mail from Herb Smith

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Herb Smith'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, Pine Island, and occasionally, Sarasota Bay.
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Hi Captain Butch and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Beth and I greatly enjoyed your fishing report. It was fun to read it today and relieve a great day on the waters of Pine Island Sound. On Saturday, December 20th, we went kayaking around Buck Key from 'Tween Waters Inn armed with a ultra light spinning rod and some plastic "Blaze" lures in shrimp and baitfish designs. Once I found a few potholes, we enjoyed great action on trout and ladyfish. But stringent cast quotas, I managed to tie Beth in total fish...about eight each in two hours. Good fun indeed. We returned to Baltimore on Monday and celebrated a family Christmas last night with our four children and their respective spouses, plus four grandchildren.

Needless to say, but I'll write it anyway, you are a superb guide, angler, and general human being. It was a pleasure to spend some hours with you in the place you love. Beth and I will certainly return to Sanibel, Captiva, or St. James City and hope to fish with you again. Actually, I will do my best to put together a group next year so you don't have another "one trip week!"

I'll email some of our pictures to you next week once I get back to the office.

Take care,


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