An E-mail from Russ Hubbard

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Russ Hubbard'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 occassionally, Sarasota Bay.


I wanted to thank you for the fantastic day on the water. The Pine Island Sound is a wonderful estuary. My son is still going off on what a great time he had. Even said he was beginning to like you and your style of gonzo fishing...Kids. Go figure. You have been able to put my guest, Will on three types of fish that he had only read about. Snook, Trout and Redfish. Not to mention that he caught the biggest Redfish of the trip, the boy was vibrating and had levitated off the ground. Kept mumbling that fishing was better than sex. Boy is his wife in for a surprise. The biggest fish he normally catches in the streams of Georgia qualify as bait for us. Damn, he prattled on for hours afterwards as he followed me across the state homeward bound, he called me on the cell phone several times reliving his day on the water. Sure is the 90's, two vehicles traveling the same direction at 75 mph one behind the other while talking on the cell phone about their morning. I even spoke to him the following Monday on the phone and all he wanted to talk about was the next trip and possibly doing a two-day gig. I think he's got the bug bad. You have ruined him...I could not get him to discuss business.

Nonetheless, you provided a day of fishing that will go on record as one of the best ever. We thank you. Look forward to many other days on the water with Captain Butch and the Barhoppr. The lean mean fishing machine.


Russ Hubbard
West Palm Beach, FL

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