Captain Bill Hope

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A Tribute To Captain Bill Hope!

A Message To Customers And Friends Of Captain Bill Hope:

It is with deep sorrow we let you know that our loved
Captain Bill Hope passed away on February 4th 2013.
Captain Bill will be greatly missed by everyone,
but never forgotten.


This website is a tribute to Captain Bill Hope, who's love for fishing, and kindness in his heart touched so many people.

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Captain Bill Grier Hope, III
1937 - 2013

HOPE, William Grier, III “Bill”, age 75 of Brooksville, Florida died Monday, February 4, 2013 at his home.  Bill was a lifelong resident of Brooksville and commercial fishing guide, and as Captain of the Peggy Lee, took many guide trips with locals and celebrities alike.
Captain Bill was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, member of and active donor to the Coastal Conservation Association, past member of Brooksville Golf & Country Club, the Masonic Lodge, Orlando, Order of Eastern Star, Brooksville and was of the Methodist faith.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Buck & Geraldine Hope, first wife, Theresa and daughters, Priscilla Lee Hope and Pamela Lynn Lowe. Survivors include his wife: Peggy; son: William Grier, IV of Brooksville; son-in-law: L. Craft Lowe of Brooksville; brothers: Joe of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Dale of St. Marks, FL and Charles; sisters: Frances Anderson of Albany, GA and Rhonda Chancey of Old Town, FL; grandchildren: Cheney & Cody Lowe; great grandchildren:
Ariana, Katlyain, Saphria Rose and Elle Mae.

Graveside funeral services were conducted with Pastors David Hope and Bob Hope.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HPH Hospice.

Captain Bill's Song:


Known for its calm sea's and picture perfect year round fishing, Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in
Florida is the ideal place for catching Redfish, Trout and Sheepshead!  Captain Bill Hope has been fishing the
offshore waters of Florida for many years and knows all the important secrets to catching these, and many other species of fish that live in the waters off Florida's coastline.

Flats Fishing allows you to not only enjoy the natural breathtaking beauty of Florida's backcountry, but to also enjoy amazing "Fishing Experiences Of A Lifetime". The wide variety of plant and bird species that inhabit the entire Chassahowitzka refuge will add to the enjoyment of your backcountry fishing adventure.

You'll feel the excitement of pursuing Redfish, Trout, and Sheepshead on the flats and in the back waters with Captain Bill Hope! Plus, fishing on the shallow flats of Florida also provides the perfect chance to reel in many other popular species of fish as well, like Cobia and Tarpon as they seasonally migrate through the waters of the Florida coastline.

In Appreciation And Recognition Of The Generous Support Of
Captain Bill Hope For His Efforts Toward The Protection & Conservation Of Florida's Marine Resources - Hernando Chapter Coastal Conservation  Association - May 10, 2007
(Award Presented By Dr. Bob Hartzell)

Featured in the February 2002 Florida Sportsman Magazine article written by Max Branyon; "It's no wonder Captain Bill Hope is "Hooked On Chassahowitzka! After launching at Don's Bait and Tackle, we followed a playful otter for a short distance as we wended our way down the crystalline river toward the Gulf of Mexico.  Largemouth bass, gar, mullet and bluegills skittered beneath our boat as we eased along.

While motoring through a slow speed manatee zone, I wondered how the river got it's name. According to our skipper, in the native vernacular Chassahowitzka means "River Of Pumpkins", which is strange because neither he, nor anyone he's talked to, has ever seen a pumpkin growing along its shores! Hope, whose great-great grandfather was the first settler in Hernando County, thinks that could have meant "River Of Grapes".  There has been a abundance of wild grapes along the river banks throughout the years."

"The Chassahowitzka is a bountiful river in many regards. Ten springs (three main springs) pump 40 million gallons of 72-degree water into the Chassahowitzka daily. The river flows southwest through wild sections of both Citrus and Hernando counties. The fishing, like the scenery, can be spectacular. We caught a potpourri of fish including seatrout, ladyfish, gafftopsail, catfish and sharks. We all hooked and landed plenty of redfish, most between 18 & 27 inches, and releasing the rest. Once again, the Chassahowitzka had come through."
-Max Branyon-

"Fast fishing and breathtaking scenery help make the Chassahowitzka Gulf Coast river one you'll want to return to!"
Max Branyon - Staff
Writer For Florida
Sportsman Magazine.

Captain Bill Hope with
guest Katie Branyon,
with a fine redfish catch
of the day!

Captain Bill Hope specialized in providing the novice fisherman a memorable introduction to flats fishing. You returned home with more than just fish stories about your memorable trip. Captain Bill's boat is specially designed for fishing in the shallow waters of the Chassahowitzka flats, ensuring all guests had a comfortable and fun, yet safe fishing expedition. Everyone experienced a great flats fishing trip, from the moment one step onto Captain Bill's 24 foot Caroline Skiff, powered by a 115 horsepower Suzuki motor, all the way through reeling in the catch of the day and returning safely. All fishing equipment (spinning reels, bait and tackle) were provided, including all fishing licenses.




Important Tips For A Great Fishing Day From Captain Bill Hope:

*RODS AND REELS - You are welcome to use our fishing equipment, or you may bring your own if you like.

*FLYS, LURES AND BAIT - are included with the charter, but feel free to bring your own.

*LUNCH - It is customary to supply your own lunch and beverages. Bring an ample cooler or make arrangements with Captain Bill Hope ahead of time.

*CLOTHING - Short sleeved shirts and shorts are recommended, but consider bringing a long sleeved shirt with long pants or possibly a light jacket with a hat. Occasionally, it can get a bit cool running around from one flat to another.

*SUNGLASSES - We recommend bringing polarized sunglasses. Amber or brown lenses appear to work best. Clip-on's work well for prescription glasses.

*FOOTWEAR - Boat shoes or non-scuff tennis shoes are fine.

*SUNBLOCK - Very important!  You won't feel the burn happening if it's windy. A baseball cap will help block the sun from eyes, forehead and face.  Remember, a bad burn can quickly ruin a great vacation.

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