An E-mail from Chet Simmons

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Chet Simmon'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, and Pine Island.

Hello Capt. Butch

I just wanted to thank you for a great time on our October trip. I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to write but as soon as I returned to the Space Center things got pretty crazy preparing for John Glenn and his buddies and their little fishin trip. They did bring along some toadfish (ugliest things you ever saw) and had them all hooked up for a neurological experiment. I wonder if there will ever be astronaut redfish?

Our trip with you was one of the best fishing days of my life. We sure did enjoy your sense of humor and knew right off the bat that we were going to have a great time, fish or not. After catching bait we teased Paul all night about smelling like fish food and Sid is still trying to figure out what fairy dust is. When we had that first triple hook-up I'm sure we looked like Moe, Larry and Curly. But we boated them and the action never stopped. I got my first triple slam (actually a double) and Paul and Sid can't wait to come back next year. We enjoyed your "instructional style" and I learned more in 6 hours than I could have in years on my own. The most incredible thing was that you kept apologizing for a 30 redfish, 6 snook and 2 trout day. I just hope my elbow and heart can stand a "good" day.

The Barhopper I is and incredible fishing machine and I hope I can get similar results from my SportCat here on the East coast. Let me know how your 4 blade prop worked.

Please let me know how I can get copies of the photos you took on the trip because when Paul and Sid tell their buddies in New York about what they caught their going to need some evidence.

Thanks again Butch and I look forward to seeing you next year.

Have A Grrreat Day

Chet Simmons

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