An E-mail from Dr. Bob Rose

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Bob Rose'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.

Dear Capt. Butch,

Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how appreciative I am of the great trip last Tuesday. It seems that the weather gods were kind, the boat and motor gremlins were distracted from their mischief, and the fish were obliging and not smitten with lockjaw secondary to excessive high pressure.

It was truly a memorable day, far exceeding my expectations. I think Pine Island Sound is wonderful, with much of the beauty and protected feeling one gets in the Keys, but without the problems of growing pollution that is killing off Pennekamp (?sp) State Park, and has a greater abundance of fish for whatever combination of explanations.

You were a most supportive and helpful guide, and I realize reading over past reports, of the nearly universal - certainly in men - problem of getting it right in terms of tightening up on the line before trying to set the hook. I also have never really experienced the requirements of coordination along with a bit of luck from territorially naive snook that must come together to land these wonderful fighters. It exceeds the demands required to land large kingfish, strippers or bluefish, given these critters are most often taken in open water without access to structures available for cutting off the line.

I also am most appreciative of your patience with my intensity, where I was most uncooperative in joining you for a lunch break, which appears to be the usual schedule of things. You were most gracious in facilitating my continuing to fish throughout the day, and I am very thankful and a bit apologetic about this (notice the ' a bit' part).

Another buddy of mine who often fishes with me in Galveston is also eager to try out fishing with you in the spring or early summer. In reading all the reports last year for both March and April, I got the impression that March is often windy, April is better. I would imagine May might even be better, but probably we will go back to fishing, not such great catching, in Texas, in May. What are your thoughts - is late April pretty good generally?

I look forward to fishing with you and my fishing buddy from IL, Fred Orkin, in a few weeks - on Wed Feb. 16 and Monday Feb. 21. I hope all comes together for these trips as it did last week.

Thanks again for your all skill, patience, experience, interest in teaching, and supportive behavior.

Bob Rose

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