An E-mail from Kevin Shimp

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Kevin Shimp'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.

Capt Butch:

Thanks loads for the trip on Saturday. It was great that even after recognizing us as local and active fisherman we still fished your best spots. We all learned much and know how to keep a secret, I promise not to let you down there. My only disapointment in the day was hearing you are trying to avoid future weekend trips in that that is my only time to get on the water. Bryan and I where both a little concerned (you really can't worry my dad) with the slow morning but you changed that in a hurry. I usually go home worn out from throwing a net or poling my boat, but not from tugging on sizable fish after fish.

After getting home Saturday I flipped through a photo album of older fishing photos. I found one of a college girlfriend, and after admiring some of her better qualities and the 20" trout she is holding I realized something. That day about 7 years ago I drifted right through your favorite spot on an incoming tide (the bushes were covered) and after catching only that one trout on a jig, never returned!

To finish up a fairly lengthy e-mail, I fished yesturday. After getting out about 1:00 (Easter stuff) I got threads in one throw at the first set of powerlines on the Sanibel side battered piles. Then, after seeing you run by coming from St. James City, I ran to Chino and after the magic chum went to work I filled my well with one cast! We fished Regla Cut with no sucess (I think a boat just blew it out). Then chummed the bars in Foster's Bay where we saw many boils and pops but only boated one small snook. Running home the back edge on Captiva I saw no-one was in your spot (I don't plan to fish it if you or Terry are there) so poled quietly into position just as the bushes uncovered (5:00) and before I could chum Joneen, my girlfriend, had a nice snook to the boat. (She could never find those bushes without me or Bryan so not to worry). After several more missed fish and one break on a bad leader knot the bushes where dry and we quietly poled away. At one point coaching Joneen to wait for the drag to go I thought wow, one day and I sound like Butch! "Do I have to tell you again? You set the hook to early."

Thanks again for a great day and see you on the water.

Tight Lines


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