An E-mail from Phillip Watts

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Phillip and Brian Watts' 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.


Brian and I really enjoyed our trip. Even though March is not the best time to fish down there, we still caught fish, we had a lot of fun, and I think we learned something. For me, the highlight of the trip was when that first snook felt the hook and it ripped off 20-30 feet of line before I could blink an eye. I kind of felt sorry for you when you were trying to coach me; I was so wrapped up in watching those fish that I don't think I heard a word you said. I really enjoyed drifting the live bait in the current between those two islands. That was a fun way to fish. The big disappointment for me was losing that flounder right next to the boat.

Brian wants me to get a boat now. He liked your boat, but he said some nice soft chairs would be good. I told him the chairs would just get in the way when he's trying to land a fish.

Anyway, there's a good chance that I may be back down there in late May/early June on business, and if that's a good time for snook, I'd like to possibly book another trip. I may have a client along; if I could take my client on a fishing trip, and get my company to cover it, I would think I'd died and gone to heaven.

Also, I forgot to ask if I could get a copy of those photos you took. Let me know if that's possible.

Also, let me know which days in late May/ early June have the best tides. My schedule is somewhat flexible.


Phillip Watts Testimonial

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