The Captain’s Edge: Kudos from Our Readers
Every month we get emails from readers telling us how great of an experience they had with their charter captain. Since it is so important to know WHO it is that you’ll be spending the entire day with out on the water, we want to share them with you! Last month, we featured Captain Rick Rodriguez of Islamorada in The Cult of Personality: Capt. Rick Rodriguez & the SeaHorse
Here is an email we received in response. Capt. Rick Rodriguez has a long history of great customer service and satisfaction and we are fortunate to have him on the FishMonster team.
“My Dad lived in Florida for 50 years and one of our favorite father and son activities was deep sea fishing. Unfortunately Dad almost always insisted when I would visit him in the summers from my home state of Oklahoma - that we would take party boats out on the Atlantic side. After multiple trips over decades of fishing my significant catches amounted to essentially zero! (We won’t count the practically minnow size 127 count seabass Dad, my older brother and I caught on one trip.)
Years ago I told Dad, “I don’t care what it costs we’re taking a charter boat out to see if we can change our fishing luck.” It was then that I found Capt. Rick when he ran the Gulf Grouper charter boat. Dad thought I was wasting my time and money. He registered his protest by refusing to go. My then brother in law, stepson, and myself struck out early one morning with Rick. On the way out, Capt. Rick carried on friendly, personable conversation. When we arrived at The Spot, Rick gave us our instructions. “Hold on to this pole now, because in a minute there’s going to be a big fish on it.” I looked at brother in law Jeremy with skepticism based on grand fishing promises that had been made all my life by fishing boat captains and first mates that didn’t pan out. Yet...I was still hopeful. Somehow there was a sincerity and fishing authority to Capt. Rick I hadn’t experienced before. We weren’t to be disappointed. That first grouper Jeremy hauled in was just the beginning of hours of successful fishing. Rick was a man on a mission as he bounced back and forth with the various duties between us three gents while shouting fishing orders that proved to be spot-on based on our haul of grouper. One of the last fish caught during that trip was my 14 pound red snapper. What a beautiful fish! (After the trip I told my Dad at our fish-feast dinner, “I’m glad you are enjoying this grilled snapper and grouper. Too bad you have to eat crow too!”)
I can’t wait to revisit Captain Rick again in Islamorada! He truly is a fisherman’s fisherman and just an all around nice guy.”
Got a great story about your captain? Send it in to info@FishMonster.com and it may be featured in FishMonster Magazine!
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