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"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."
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"If we concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles!"


I was recently forced to retire from guiding because of medical issues, and completed a move from Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada, in February of 2016. Although I am no longer guiding professionally, I do hope to get back to fishing for fun in my new home. There are plenty of wonderful and beautiful places to fish such as Lake Meade, the Colorado River, Lake Havasu, and Lake Powell, Utah. Although I will put new content on the site about my new adventures, there won't be any new Florida fishing reports until I get back down there to fish. In the meantime, there are plenty of reports, pictures, and videos for the rabid angler to enjoy, that go back more than two decades. IF you have any questions about fishing in southwest Florida that you haven't found answers to, or want recommendations about guides, I would be happy to help if I can. Just drop me a line.

Thanks for dropping in. I hope you will enjoy the site and my past adventures.

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Top Florida fishing guide, Capt. Butch Rickey reveals secrets of kayak fishing the flats and backcountry fishing waters of Pine Island Sound around Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, and Pine Island, Estero Bay, and Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. In his weekly Florida fishing reports he tells all about kayak snook fishing, redfish fishing, tarpon fishing, trout fishing. The secrets are FREE! A guided kayak fishing trip is a real bargain in a tough economy!

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Planning a fishing vacation or quick fishing get-away? Longing for that tropical fishing attitude? Look no further! Come and enjoy a fishing adventure on "the BarHopp'R" Web Page and the "the BarHopp'R" kayak fleet. You'll find boundless fishing stories, tips, secrets, and other information in the "Weekly Fishing Reports", "Customer Testimonials", "Angler of the Month", "Angler of the Year", "Newsletters", "Highlights", "Articles and Recipes", and "Fish Species Description" sections of this Site.

For the last twenty years Capt. Butch Rickey has been one of the area's top full time native fishing guides fishing the Islands. His knowledge of the local waters, years of experience fishing the Islands, specialized fishing kayaks, and strong work ethic, combine to give you a kayak fishing experience you'll never forget.

A changing world which has brought us a poor economy and high unemployment resulting in less discretionary income for the last several years has now been further exacerbated by a mass exodus from southwest Florida in reaction to the mainstream media hype over the BP oil spill. The changing economics are forcing a change in the way I do business. I firmly believe that the guide business in southwest Florida is undergoing changes that may be permanent. When the smoke clears the only guides left standing will be the part-time corps that is made up primarily of our brave fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and EMTs, as well as pensioners. They don't HAVE to make a profit to stay in business. The day of the full-time guide who only guides from his flats boat are all but over. There are just too many folks who have had to tighten their belts out there, and there's more tightening to come.

Back in the late 90's I had a kayak fleet. Kayak fishing is so much fun! But, I think I was ahead of the curve. Kayak fishing was just coming on the scene, and did not have wide acceptance. There weren't a lot of options. People with back issues and not in good physical condition would likely not even consider kayak fishing. But, as with computers, cars, and most things we use today, kayak technology has advanced greatly over the last ten years or so. Todays kayaks are more stable, dryer, more maneuverable, and can be fitted with a wide array of options like trolling motors, outriggers, pontoons, fish finders, baitwells, leaning posts, etc. If you can think of it, it's probably out there.

Today, kayak fishing has gained wide acceptance as a fun, inexpensive, and even most efficient way to stalk shallow water fish with stealth in comfort, and are a great alternative to wade and powerboat fishing. Two of the greatest advantages are that it's highly mobile, and half the cost of a tradition guided trip from a flats boat. If there's an area you want to explore and fish between Estero Bay and Tampa Bay, we can easily go there and have a blast. So, for all these reasons, the yak is bak at BarHopp'R. I hope your sense of adventure will lead you to try a day of kayak fishing on the kayak of your choice on your next visit to southwest Florida.

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