An E-mail from Rob Winnick

A true fishing testimonial from a HAPPY BarHopp'R client. Read about Rob Winnick'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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Subject: How impressed my father/I was with you....

Capt. Butch--

I know we had an AWFUL day to try and see if we could find bait, let alone fish. I also realize we left the dock, so our short trip could have been considered a half day out on the water. However, I know my dad and I were completely impressed with your demeanor and attitude toward the whole mess of a day.

With the wind at 30/40 mph on the water, and the way The Barhoppr was getting bounced around, I thought it was best to head back to the ramp--obviously. Believe me when I say I was more than bummed about having to turn around and cut the trip off.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have nothing but the highest regard for you and the way you handled the situation. I know my father has suggested your services to various friends he has in the SW Florida area, and I will be sure to let you know when we will be there in the future. I figure if I give you enough advance warning, you can suggest the best day concerning the tides. If only you could control the weather... Basically, we will DEFINITELY be booking a trip with you in the future--if you'll have us!

In any case, your fishing reports are like salt in my wounds, since we couldn't get out there fishing. I guess it's back to catching walleyes in Minnesota--oh well.

Take care,

Rob Winnick

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