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Recently my wife, our 14-month old son, and I went to Florida for our annual fishing vacation with our very good friends (as well as guides) Dick and Joyce Loupe. We fished some smaller lakes, streams and canals surrounding Lake Kissimmee located in central Florida.
The scenery was quite spectacular, with cows grazing on the shoreline, bald eagles flying overhead and alligators sunning themselves. We fished with big wild shiners ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 pounds, a real necessity for catching those big Florida bass.
We caught dozens of bass ranging from 3 to 7 pounds, and this hog that weighed 12 pounds, 5 ounces.
(actual copy of the letter sent to Bassin' Magazine)
IF YOU WANT A TRIP FULL OF LAUGHS, FUN, AND MOST OF ALL LOTS OF FISH CATCHING YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER TRIP ANYWHERE IN FLORIDA. GREAT TIME FOR FAMILIES TO MAKE LIFE LONG MEMORIES!!!
Hi Captain Dick,
It's Captain Matt here! Sorry I didn't email you sooner, it's been a whirlwind since I got back. I just wanted to thank you again for a great fishing trip and a super fun time. We really enjoyed spending the morning on board with you and Dominique and Bailey couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had. They told my wife how cool and funny you were and had a blast.
I've attached a few pictures. We will definitely see you again and I'll give you a call when we're up your way and ready to slay 'em!
All the best,
My biggest worry is that my wife, when I'm dead, will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.
When I am home alone I like to scatter my tackle across the floor and play with it. I may pretend I am working on it, performing preventative maintenance, but really it is playing.
Howell Raines, author of Fly Fishing Through The Midlife Crisis in 1993
It is just possible that nice guys don't catch the most fish. But they find far more pleasure in those they do get.
Roderick Haig-Brown 1960
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him/her the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.
David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia
Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once
Anglers are born hones, but they get over it
For the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.
John H. Bradley
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming
Leonardo Da Vinci
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
Of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.
William Sherwood Fox
Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.
I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t.
I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution.
The solution to any problem –work, love, money, whatever –is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.
The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
Patrick F. McManus
The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.
Henry David Thoreau
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.
The season is ended. There was not enough of it; there never is.
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman.
Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.
There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.
Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.
If our father had his say, nobody who did not know how to catch a fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.
He told us about Christ’s disciples being fisherman, and we were left to assume…that all great fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fisherman and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.
To him, all good things—trout as well as eternal salvation—come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
Most fishermen use the double haul to throw their casting mistakes further.
There’s more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.
Sparse Grey Hackle
The trout do not rise in the cemetery, so you better do your fishing while you are still able.
Fish are, of course, indispensable to the angler. They give him an excuse for fishing and justify the fly rod without which he would be a mere vagrant.
The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you?
Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can?
Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.
If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.
Alfred W. Miller
My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.
Charles F. Orvis
Fishing adds years to your life, and life to your years.
Whether I caught fish or not, just the thrill of rolling out that line and watching my fly turn over has been good enough for me. That and the hundreds of treasured memories I have of this wonderful sport.
Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
I’ll be really glad when I’ve had enough of this!
Fred J Taylor on cold weather fishing.
It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish.
William Sherwood Fox
There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen.
Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?
The angler forgets most of the fish he catches, but he does not forget the streams and lakes in which they are caught.
Charles K. Fox
Most fishermen swiftly learn that it’s a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn’t trust with your wife.
When you are on the river, ocean or in the woods, you are the closest to the truth you’ll ever get.
Beginners may ask why one fishes if he is to release his catch. They fail to see that the live trout, sucking in the fly and fighting the rod is the entire point to our sport. Dead trout are just so much lifeless meat.
Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr
May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.
Never throw a long line when a short one will serve your purpose.
I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.
I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read.
A lot of people think there’s a lot of luck in fishing, and there really isn’t.
Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.
Harold F. Blaisdell
You can learn more from a guide in one day than you can in three months fishing alone.
I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret.
I only make movies to finance my fishing.
Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.
Put backing on your line; even if you never use it. It helps you dream.
Jimmy D Moore
I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes.
If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.
Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.
One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions.
There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home.
In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.
Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point.
I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.
The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line.
Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.
In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.
Fishing costs like sin but requires heavier clothing.
L. C. Clower
I’d rather go fishing for three years.
The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.
Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.
Jimmy D Moore
Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.
When I go fishing I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me.
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.
Other Great Fishing Quotes
It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.
The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.
You should have been here yesterday.
[We’ve all heard that one!]
Fishing isn’t a sport. It’s a condition.
A bad day fishing beats a good day working.
Good things come to those who bait.
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.
Fishing is the sport of drowning worms.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing because his wife won’t let him do it at home.
The best way to a fisherman’s heart is through his fly.
Even if you’ve been fishing for three hours and haven’t gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you’re still better off than the worm.
|ALABAMA||Dave & Joey Wirtis; Rusty Stiltner|
|ARLANSAS||David Huffmaster *2|
|CALIFORNIA||Chet Sandberg; Nick Healing; Brad Witmer; Richard Weir; Dennis Rudloff; Joseph E. Wood III; Mark, Barbara, Luke & Abigail Nureddine|
|COLORADO||Don Port; Rick Schillereff; Austin & Judy Funk; Jim Arnold; Delbert Fast|
|CONNECTICUT||Ken & SaClarence Dew; Nate Teske*2*; Ronald Fodor*2*; Verne & Naomi Maas; Douglas & Lois Harvey; Ed & Ruth Bailey; Gary Tadra; Travis Bassett*2*Ken & Sally Glinski *12*; Tom Glinski *3*; Chris Sanlier|
|FLORIDA||Houston Blount *8*; David Corbett; Rafael & CHristian Candelaria; George Collar *2*; Pete & Doris Johnson *3*; Robert & Paige Nunn *2*; Bill Chapel *3*; Andy Polk *3*; Charlie Oyderstad *2*; Gerald & Marijo Reep; Paul & Micki Wise; Cannon Witby *4*; Hank Varnell *2*; Toland Smith; Scott Pool *2*; Bob, Dena, Aaron, Bobby & Zella Conyers *4*; Richard Davelak *5*; Bill & Mike Banks; Frank Thompson *2*; Joe Jurinich *7*; Manuel Rodriguez; Dean Sargeant; Roy Grossman (RIP); Jim & Roberta Patton; Ron Campbell; Jay Kittle; John & Marguerite Mason *5*; Joe Pearson; Danny White; Randy Fournier; Mark Bynum; Chuck Zeller; Steve Fisher; Curt Yakich; Margaret Palmer; Cary Cook; Ron Cagle; Gary Rademaker; Terry Kelly; Kris Kaprios; Christ Christian; Don & Kathy Simmons; Jeffrey RePenning; Janice Nuzzolillo; Edward Goodwin; Shawn Maesel; Nona Markham; John & Trist Serra; Jeff Horwitz; Nannette Hargis; Stephen Tilbrook*2*; Tim Tilbrook; Mason Tilbrook; Grace Tilbrook; Ashley Bancroft; Cassandra Koehler, Mohammad Yamani, Jack Fitzgibbon, Michael Glass*2*; Harry Beaber*4*; Jeff Sheffer;*3* Mark Talbott *2*; Jarrod Stump; Daris Stump*3*; Tom Keady*3*; Rob Numerick*2*; Travis Bassett*2*; Scott & Melissa Goodrich*3*; Susan March; Rodney Bretveld; Shane Wakefield; Randy Anderson; Glen Thompson; Lee Cocuzza; Jeff Fisher; James Hyde; Matt Ploof; Louis Gregory; Randy Head; Ron Schmidt, John Anthony; Lee Davis; Bill Martin; Donald Edmondson; Bob Thompson*2*; Matt Proof *2*; John Kukk; Wayne & Corbin Meland; Natalie Poe *3*; Tom, Austin, Zachary, Nicolas & Patrick Biddix; Darrel D, Don & Daniel Mayes; Ginger & Douglas Bailey*2*; Sarah & Patrick Bryk; Michael Benowitz; James W. Kronmiller; Herb & Angelique Montgomery*2*; Carsen & Brian Futch; Kevin, Dawn & Bob Cannon; Sheldon & NIcole Liebowitz; Kip Reeves; Tom Carney; Robert, Jeffrey, Jonah & Isaac Lynne; Todd & Cutter Rebal; Rich Kavelak *4*; Jeff, Amanda, & Samantha Weitz; Jim Walters; Anthony & Alyssa Peragine; Donna, Tyler & Hagen Kellner; Mike, Stella, Rosie & Ryan Mele; Bill McLaughlin & family; Lee, Evie & Wade Davis; Karen Voorhees; Debbie Lauder; Don Jenkins; Warren & Michelle Keister; JB & Adam Moore; Dillan & Portia Wright; Donna Wilson; Alice Hughes; Art & Dina Hollobaugh, Tom, Louise, Darlene & Dylan Laessig; Matt Birkins; Allen Sykes; Donald Black; Ken Wick; Bill Sibeon; Dean Lemler; Robert Gleich; Kevin Ward; Jeffrey Beitler; Mayerly Fiedor; Wendy Grossman; Robert Gleich*2*; Stephen Hutchins; Camille Wells|
|GEORGIA||Jennifer Wilkins Tamburrino*5*; Ann Marie Nadeau; Gail & Colin Bryant; Ray & Cindy Albert*2*; Charles Burson; Carl & Lynn Morris; Danny Hooper; Matthew Young|
|ILLINOIS||Clarence Dew; Nate Teske*2*; Ronald Fodor*2*; Verne & Naomi Maas; Douglas & Lois Harvey; Ed & Ruth Bailey; Gary Tadra*5*; Travis Bassett*2*|
|INDIANA||B.G. Winings; Randy Wall; Jeff Waterman; Christi Whited*2*; Janet Guthridge; Jack Springman*2*; Brian Nelson; Jay & Jack Ingersoll; Mike, Lenora, Connie & Steve Puckett; Jim Roussel*3*; Heath Vanbibber*2*; Jack Springman*2*; Mike Puckett|
|IOWA||Glenn Crose; Randy Olsen; Robin McClannahan; Randy Olsen*2*; Randy Benson*2*|
|KANSAS||Bob Weiss; Trent Besse; Karen Lee|
|KENTUCKY||Daryl Cockrin; John Jones; James Ruth; Joe Survant*2*; Mark Cobane; Matt King, Jatin Patel; Gary Farley*2*; Jerell Davenport|
|MARYLAND||Bill & Jeanette Sorrentini*3*; Jerry Liu; Jeff Eberhart; Jim & Adam Aist|
|Mike & Tyler Godin*3*; Bill & Lois Klansek; Ken & Shanon Gutkowski*2*|
|MICHIGAN||Tim & Nikki Taylor; Terri & Nathaniel Sotuyo; Ron Lantz; Jeanne Duley; Steve & Drew Kleiman*2*|
|MINNESOTA||John & Jan Bukovich*3*; Dell Smith; Ronald Warne|
|MISSISSIPPI||David Thrailkill*3*; Dennis Lenoir; Barry Ward|
|MISSOURI||Bob Bush; Ken & Sandy Baublitz; Randy Lamb|
|NEW HAMPSHIRE||Joseph Cox|
|Nicholas Palma Jr.; Ray Pasold *3*; John Many|
|NEW YORK||Steven Agnetti*2*; John Incledon; Bill Jurinich*8*; Steven & Chris Bluethgen; Joe Jensen *2*; Allen Peters; Lionel Martin*2*|
|NORTH CAROLINA||Jason & Les Bailey; Santi Leon; Sheila Daniel*17*; Arthur Daniel Sr.*3*; Jeff & Debbie Andrews *2*; Craig Johnson*2*; Chris Cromer*3*; Builders First Source*2*; Jennifer Barnwell|
|OHIO||Jason & Les Bailey; Santi Leon; Sheila Daniel*14*; Arthur Daniel Sr.*3*; Jeff & Debbie Andrews *2*; Craig Johnson*2*; Chris Cromer*3*; Builders First Source*2*; Bill & Callie Miller|
|PENNSYLVANIA||Bob & Darlene Mahan; Bill Schwartz*2*; Bill & Jill Glatz*5*; Terry & Pam Carbaugh|
|RHODE ISLAND||Jay ?|
|SOUTH CAROLINA||Jim Moore|
|TENNESSEE||Bill Baggarly *2*; Kevin Arnold*2*; Eugene Eakens Jr.; Doug Arnold*2*; Bucky Howard; Roger Bennett*3*; Stephen Martin; Tom Baggarly*3*; Tom Rasnic*3*; Bill Blackwell*6*; Gary Sanders*3*; Ben Hamby; Jimmy Clary*2*; Daryl Cochrin; Don Claiborne; Tommy & Rebecca Robards; Palmer, Derek & Scott Keith; Kenny Nash*3*; Brad, Brian, Daniel & Tommy Padgett; Christ Blackwell *2*; Bobby Crass; Dean Dudley; Bert Loupe; Jim Loupe Jr.*4*; Jim & Scott Petty; Charles Roberts (RIP); Bill Ross; Steve Stinnett; Randy Foister*3*; Christ & Mary Ann Baggarly*2*; Todd Irwin; Danny Darden*2*; Wayne Burton; Chris Myers; Jason Fouster; Dustin Lemler*2*; Ken & Cynthia Clack; Frankie & Denise Payne|
|VIRGINIA||Barry Loupe *2*; Paul & Gayle Garcia; Edwin Coleman; Joe Donoghue; Tammy Hamiton; Bob Barrs; John Jamousek; Alfred Hutchinson|
|WEST VIRGINIA||David & Debbie Thomas; Randy Thomas; Allen McComas; Tim Atkins|
|WISCONSIN||Don & Cynthia Schultz; Rod Smith*6*; Paul Dix *4*; Chad Theis; Tyler B uss; Craig Evans; Tim & Wendy Appell; Brett, Liesl, Owen & Anna Lee Wrolstad|
|CANADA||Scott Yoisi, Ontario; Elliot Hope, Ontario; Gold Piercey Ontario; Dave manders, Ontario|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Steve Selemba; Mervyn Marles;Mark Summers|
|GERMANY||Johanna, Alexander & Matthias Wagner|
|UAE||Steve, Jennifer, Nina, Zara & Jack Maine|
Did you know ... that one in every 10 dollars spent in the United States on fishing, is spent in Florida?
Did you know ... that even more impressive is the fact that 43 percent of anglers in the United States call the southeast region home?
Did you know ... that overall, nearly $20 billion in fishing retail sales are realized annually in the southeastern market?
Did you know ... that more than half of the United States sportfishing dollars are spent east of the Mississippi River?
Did you know ... that the sportfishing industry generates more state revenue for Florida than the citrus and cattle industries combined?
Did you know ... 93 percent of Americans support legal recreational fishing?
Did you know ... signed in 1995, Presidential Executive Order 12962 directs federal agencies to promote and protect sportfishing opportunities?
Once again we had a great time fishing with you. You promised to put us on top of big fish and you delivered on your promise. We will be booking with you again for four days in 2015. I’ll send you an email after the new year holiday to get our plans started. We enjoyed meeting Joyce too!
Attached are pictures of Paul’s 8 lb and my 9 lb bass.
We are already looking forward to 2015!
Thanks for everything you did to make our trip great. We do appreciate your efforts.
New Berlin, Wisconsin
We had a GREAT TIME. Thought we would send you some pictures. Had to send you the one of the first catch of the day. That was the BEST FISHING trip we have ever been on. We will be back.
We want to bring our husbands on the next trip. If your wife does the chartering too, then we would like to do the women against the men. Your wife would have to go out with the guys because we want to keep you. You are the best guide ever. YOU ROCK !!!!!!!!!! We will be calling you soon to set up for a trip.
Thank You for the best time ever. It was a great day.
SUE AND LAURIE EICHHORN
I wanted to let you know how much Paul and I enjoyed our day fishing with you on March 16, 2013. Not just because we caught some GIANT largemouth but we also appreciated your enthusiasm, excitement and knowledge of bass fishing. Paul and I have fished with a lot of guides on many different bodies of water over the years and you are right at the top of the list. I’m glad we found you as our day with you made the trip very special.
We enjoyed it so much that we have decided to come down next year, late March, early April and spend four days fishing with you. We will fish two days, take a day break and fish two more days. Should give us a chance to maybe fish a couple of lakes if the fish are on. I will get in touch with you to find out which days in late March, early April will be the best days, moon cycle wise, to book.
I’ve attached a couple of pictures to this email of fish we caught with you. Great fish, great time, great guide!
Rod Smith, Paul Dix
SOME VERY FISHY PICTURES
Boudreaux been fish'n down by de bayou all day and he done run outta night crawlers. He be bout ruddy to leave when he seen a snake wif a big frog in his mouf. He knowed dat dem big bass fish like dem frogs, so he decided to steal dat froggie.
Dat snake, he be a cotton mouf water moccasin, so he had to be real careful or he'd git bit. He snuk up behin' dat snake and grabbed him roun de haid. Dat ole snake din't lak dat one bit. He squirmed and wrap hisself roun Boudreaux's arm try'n to git hisself free. But Boudreaux, he had a real good grip on his haid, yeh.
Well, Boudreaux pried his mouf open and got de frog and puts it in his bait can. Now, Boudreaux knows dat he cain't let go dat snake or he's gonna bite him good, but he had a plan. He reach into de back pocket of his bibs and pulls out a pint a moonshine likker. He pour some drops into de snake's mouf. Well, dat snake's eyeballs kinda roll back in his haid and his body go limp. Wit dat, Boudreaux toos dat snake into de bayou. Den he goes back to fishin'.
A while later Boudreaux dun feel sumpin' tappin' on his barefoot toe. He slowly look down and dare wuz dat water moccasin wif two more frogs.
SOMETHING'S FISHY ABOUT THIS
VERY FISHY FACTS
Dear Captain Dick,
Thanks again for the wonderful fishing trip. Your personality with your knowledge of the outdoors will make every fishing trip successful. Hope to see ya soon.
Thanks again for everything,
My brother and I took a group of 4 kids (ages 8-10), including two boys and two girls, fishing with Dick. God bless him. He kept those kids busy and engaged. We caught around 40 bass, with several over 5 pounds. Dick even took the opportunity to share fishing techniques with the kids, and his fishing stories are great.
We had a group of 9 families staying at River Ranch, and boy were they jealous when we brought back fish and pictures. Next time, we will certainly have a larger group for fishing. And all enjoyed a few bass on the grill for dinner. Thanks Dick for showing the kids (and me and my brother) a great time.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Even though the fish didn't want to cooperate, the Southern Outdoorsman took us to three lakes, and we finally hooked up on some good ones! Our hunt on Brahma was spectacular, too. We had such a great time, we will be back.
Robert & Paige Nunn of Cleveland, Tennessee
Anna Hannig, 16, caught the large bass. Marie Hannig is the brunette, 15 who wants to be a veteranarian. Leon Hannig is 12 and a typical boy. All live in Brandis Germany, a small village southeast of Leipzig in East Germany.
They are all the grandchildren of our hearts. We met them in 1996 when their parents lived behind us in Michigan for four years while their Dad was on a work assignment in the USA.
Fourteen years later, we are still friends and vacation and visit with each other. This was a special, once in a lifetime trip, their Mom has been treated for breast cancer for the past year, and she has survived. This was a celebration of life and a visit. We spent a day at Harry Potter world and a day at Epcot at Disney. The rest of the time we did " real" things like fishing, airboat, tubing, nature trail hikes and manatee visits etc.
We agree with Dick that we have to teach our kids to appreciate, use and protect our natural world.
We had a great time fishing, talking and enjoying the boat ride. Thank you so much for doing it on such short notice.
Jeanne and Bob Duley and the Hannig family
VERY FISHY QUOTES
I just wanted to thank you again for the greatest Bday present ever. You made the trip so memorable I can not thank you enough. Donna & I both enjoyed your trip and your great personality to make it so fun. I'm working on some dates I want to bring my son so he and I and maybe Donna (haha) again before he goes to college. Once again I can't thank you enough for a great day of fishing and stories and laughs. Oh when we got back to town the cows were moving and we went fishing and Donna caught 4 bass I caught 0.. thanks for the cow tip.
Thanks you again,
PS Below is a testimonial I put on Guide Advisor and if you have any other place I will be happy to share our great experience. See you soon.
I want to thank Capt Dick for a great charter this past weekend, caught 12 nice bass. Capt. Dick made the trip so memorable. It was a Birthday present for me and it was the greatest present I could have been given. The reason was Capt. Dick. His knowledge of Bass Fishing alone was worth the trip but mostly his sincere personalty to make sure you catch a fish and have a good time. I always wanted to go on a charter with a professional as a bass fisherman for 50 years and now that bucket list item can be checked off and I'm planning my next trip with my son with Capt. Dick.
Thank you so much for a great day
"I just wanted to thank Capt. Dick Loupe for a wonderful day of fishing on Lake Kissimmee. I have been on a couple other trips with professional guides on other south Florida lakes, but they don't hold a candle to Capt. Dick's knowledge and personality. He's a true professional whose only desire is that his client enjoys his trip to the utmost. A true professional and quite a character to boot!! Thanks for a totally enjoyable trip. On my next trip to Tampa to visit my daughter, I'll definitely be contacting you again. Lionel"
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