An E-mail from Mike and Pete McMahon

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Mike and Pete McMahon'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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Like you said when we left the ramp, it looked like a tough day, given the full moon and westerly winds we had all week. When we found no bait to speak of at the first stop, I started to wonder. I mean, how often do you have a chummer that's 6' 8" tall? Seems the extra height would give some advantage. Luckily, the second stop provided plenty of bait, and we were on from there. But who can complain, catching bait on the water during a beautiful sunrise?

Pete and I pretty quickly demonstrated our inexperience with this kind of fishing... we probably missed 6 out of the first 7 strikes. But your excellent coaching helped to quickly put an end to that. Then the rains came... lucky for us, there was no electricity with it, and all we got was wet. Seems the rain was all the fishies need to decide to eat (well, that and the tide cooperated). I don't know about Pete, but I ended up soaking both my elbow and wrist that night! I don't have the exact count, but I believe we boated about 24 reds, and missed many more. We won't count the stingrays...

The day was great, the boat and equipment are great, and I'll be back next year.

Mike and Pete McMahon
St. Leonard, MD and Orlando, FL

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My brother Mike asked me to join him on a trip he planned with Capt. Butch. It turned out to be one of my best fishing trips. So many fish, so little time. Thanks to the Butch's experience, the action never ceased. The very best RED secret. We had a great time to say the least.

Mike and Pete McMahon Testimonial

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