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Dear Ariel,

   Thank you so much for such a wonderful day! Ryan and I had THE BEST TIME! My Dad was definitely right - you're a great guide. The three of us can't stop talking about how much fun we had. Thanks for being so patient with us and being such a great host. Your expertise is surpassed only by your kindness. And we can't believe we caught a shark and a permit fish! Ryan and I now know what my Dad and his buddies rave about! We're all HOOKED! Good luck with all you endeavors both on land and sea and we all hope to see you again soon. Thank you again,

Ellen Pope

Hello Ariel,

I'm back home in Washington State from my trip to Florida. The highlight was our day of fishing out of Flamingo. I had a great time. Thank you for putting me on to some fish in those difficult conditions. My favorite experience was catching the snook with fly gear.

Thanks again!


Just wanted to thank you for a great day yesterday at Flamingo, really enjoyed being back on the water.

I am looking forward to booking another trip sometime in January.

Thanks again,
Ed Bieksha

Dear Ariel,

I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I had a great time. Your knowledge of the area, plus its history and your personality will surely help insure your success as a guide. You are obviously very concerned about your client and their experience and you are a very enjoyable guy to spend the day with.

Although it was a pretty tought day of fishing, you and I know that tough days happen. If we didnt have tough days we wouldnt know when we had a great day. I fulfilled my expectations of seeing some new country and having a new experience. I must admit it was very different than I had expected. I imagine fishing in a swamp not fishing the flats in the ocean. I will brush up on my casting and learn how to put some distance for the open water next time we go out.

I imagine that as long as my father is alive, we will probably be making a spring pilgrimage down to Florida. So hopefully we can go again next year and put the hurt on some of those fish that escaped and I wont forget my telephoto lens.

If you ever decide to make a trip to either Michigan or Montana, contact me. I know both areas quite well, along with a bunch of people in the fishing community.

Best regards,

Jay W. Greer

Hi Capt. Ariel

 Made it back to Michigan in one piece.
Thanks for the great two days of fishing. When I checked out I told the lady at the counter that you were the best guide I've had. Maybe some fisherman will come your way. I read those articles and you're quite the fisherman.

Tim Burns


I would like to thank you for helping us have a most memoral day. Your guiding was exellent. Bob , George and I will remember the flats day for a long time. hope to see you soon again. All the best.

Robert "Tony" Pope

Dear Captain Ariel,

My son Andrew and I have never had more fun then fishing with you out of Flamingo. Living in Northern Illinois, there is nothing more thrilling then fishing the Florida Everglades with a knowledgably, highly professional fishing guide, as yourself.

I have always felt it was important to build memories for my children and I know my son will never forget these fishing trips. He tells me that he has dreams of the day he landed the huge tarpon, the snook from shore, and we chased (and caught) the Jack Cravels, not to mention several other species of fish. That was his first Flamingo "Grand Slam". His teachers tell me he is forever telling his "fishing stories" to his classmates.

We often talk about how beautiful the coves are and how amazing the wildlife is. We are so lucky that you are so highly educated and knowledgeable about the Florida Everglades wildlife. I'm awe struck when then dolphins are just a few feet from the boat and amazed when the shark are feeding on bait fish.

My most favorite vacation was when my youngest sister joined me for a girl's day out. What a blast we had! To this day we laugh about trying to yank what we think was a giant Goliath Grouper out of the mangroves. An outing of such nature for two females wouldn't be conceivable if you were not totally trust worthy and a perfect gentleman. Thank you for that.

As you know, Andrew and I are already counting the days until out next fishing trip, which would be 29 days to be exact. What you don't know, is airline tickets went on sale today, and little sis and I are working on Grandma to baby sit so we can have another "girl's day out".

Thanks for enriching our lives!

Karen Batson
Every fishing trip out of Flamingo that we take with Captain Ariel is a memorable experience. We love the pure excitement of catching and landing fish. We also enjoy seeing the absolutely beautiful scenery and experiencing some of the marine life such as porpoise and turtles. Captain Ariel is a true professional when it comes to being a guide. He has in-depth knowledge of the area and ensures a safe and relaxing adventure. This is one pleasure that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

Wm. and Nicole Dennison
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