I still remember the Christmas when Santa left two beautiful fishing rods and reels by the tree. I was 8 or 9 nine years old. I immediately assumed one was for me and the other for my brother Mario. They were green and silver and for me they were closed to 15 feet long…now I know that they were at the most 5 feet in length! Anyway, we had a blast that summer. Since we lived 3 blocks from the ocean you can imagine the hours we spent casting. I don’t remember catching anything with it but they were precious and beautiful.
So it began my passion not only for fishing but for gear as well!
I am 45 years old and if there is something I can tell you about me are that I am a determined person when I love something. Even though my rate of success when it comes to fishing as been very low considering my age and the money and time invested my passion still the same. Something in my heart told me not to give up, that the key to unlock the door to where the fish are was getting closer. In the mean time I keep enjoying just been out there.
2006 proved to be a difficult year for me. By the end of April somehow I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and that’s when I decided to treat myself with a fishing trip. I decided to look for a guide in Florida so I can stop by in Miami and visit my best friend. One of my favorite species “Snook” took me to different guides in the area until I run into Capt. Rickey Butch website from Fort Myers Florida. His website at first was a bit confusing but the friendliness of it keep me hook looking for more information and stories. I enjoy the down to earth touch and none of the “we will catch the monsters snook, etc, etc” but the importance of having a good time. However, there was one thing that called my attention completely and closed the deal: his passion for teaching, for sharing the secrets in practice, for taking the time to stop the mere catching and move into the physics of the rod, the reel, the behavior of the fish, the tides and the importance of been on time when it comes to catching the bait. Very few guides will do that. I know that first hand because I have been in many fishing trips with more disappointing experiences that I wish to had…
I had the time of my life. Capt. Butch went out of his way to make the whole experience worthwhile. From catching the bait, to really make his point across about keeping the bait in the water, the urgency of reeling fast, making sure to take us where the fish were and many other lessons that you learn just by paying attention. Just before I ask him to take a break and display all my questions, he read my mind and said: well, about time for the BarHopp R Clinic. I was great! If you book fishing trip and you are a novice or not, ask him for the clinic. I can guarantee you it will improve your fishing skills and take you into a different level of fishing– 100% guarantee. It has worked me and I am sure it will work for you! Also take the time to chat. Fishing is not only about reeling in fish but about getting to know your buddy. I am sure Capt. Butch has a lot to share about life and he is a good listener. So, you also get some counseling included in the price in case you need it! I did.
Finish the day at the Waterfront Restaurant. There is a table with his name on it and the people will treat you as if you are a regular for the last 20 years! Nice, friendly and good looking ladies will serve you and smile at you as if you were in the Tropics. Food: order the scallops or the bronze fish. Once you are done with it continues with a cup of coffee and a key lime pie.
There is no money you can pay anywhere that will deliver the level of attention, professionalism, and genuine friendship that Capt. Butch Rickey will give you.
He is a great angler, teacher and friend.