An E-mail from Mike Ripley

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Mike Ripley'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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Following are two emails from Mike in the first couple of week after his instructional trip and dockside seminar.

Finally some success!


I've been hooking some nice reds and snook on the hammered silver spoon. The snook have come in the boat but the redfish kept coming unbuttoned no matter what I did. Switched to a silver spoon with a treble hook and been landing all of them. The highlight was 5 beautiful snook to 30 inches within a half hour just off the North side of Demere. Awesome!

I need a power pole!!! Who was the dealer you recommended?

Only 2 weeks left then back North til Thanksgiving. Bummer. Thanks again for all the great info.

Mike and Anne


So, I'm in the bay with the 2 little oyster bars North of the Charlies Cut blowdowns. On a gentle drift as there is next to no wind. Look to my right and see 2 Redfish about 25 ft away. Drop my newly self installed Power Pole. Cast a Texas rigged RT Slug close to them. The bigger one grabs it and it's on! After a war he's in the boat. 31 in. 9#. Yes!!!

Thanks again,


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