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.
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Fishing you is always a pleasure and I enjoy your company (Except when you're not fed). Normally I write you regarding what wonderful trips that we have taken and all the fish that we caught. This will be a slight deviation.

Due to an injury, my spine has become disenchanted with it's location in my body. Fun stuff hurts and I pay dearly after any adventure that I undertake. It's something that I would not wish upon any one individual no matter what. But that's life and we cannot let physical issues stop us from enjoying life to the fullest. It slows us down at best.

I want to congratulate you on the acquisition of a user friendly boat. What a find! Prior trips on BarHopp'R I and BarHopp'R II have always been, "O.K., I know that my spine will take a beating from the pounding that those boats offered due to their design, but you're my chosen guide and I'll accept the consequences of my actions at a later time." Kind of a bizarre way to approach my passion.

The Talon F-16 will become a boat of legend. What a fantastic platform for one to fish from. The way she rides on chop and with no water spray coming over the sides while running is unbelievable. The tunnel design of the Talon is remarkable. I can actually walk today with no major pain in my back and I came away from the day dry as a piece of toast. The ease of moving about the boat's spacious deck is a rare offering of many, hell most of the flats boats on the market. I know these things because I'm always the one who falls into the drink due to stepping onto thin air and, "Hello, Mr.. Trout!" I know several of people who fish you on a regular basis and we all secretly hated the ride that previous BarHoppR's offered, but due to the quality of the guides experience, his desire to put customers on fish kept us coming back to accept our fate as battered, bruised and sopping wet fishermen.

Well boys and girls those days are OVER ! I recommend that you book a trip on the BarHopp'R III as soon as humanly possible and you too will be thankful to the almighty powers above.

Fish today, fish tomorrow and fish more often...


Russ Hubbard

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