Captain Bill Hope
"Fishing Experiences Of A
Tribute To Captain Bill Hope!
Message To Customers And Friends Of Captain Bill Hope:
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
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
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
Captain Bill's Song:
Known for its calm sea's and
picture perfect year
round fishing, Chassahowitzka National Wildlife
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
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
the excitement of pursuing Redfish, Trout,
and Sheepshead on
the flats and in the back waters with Captain Bill
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
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;
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."
fishing and breathtaking scenery help make the
Chassahowitzka Gulf Coast river one you'll want
to return to!"
Branyon - Staff
Writer For Florida
Bill Hope with
guest Katie Branyon,
with a fine redfish catch
of the day!
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
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.
Tips For A Great Fishing Day From Captain Bill Hope:
AND REELS - You
are welcome to use our fishing equipment, or you may bring your own if you
*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
*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
*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
"Fishing Experiences Of A Lifetime"