26 Jul 2017

Rates and Reels Episode #8: District 77 Florida State Rep Dane Eagle

Rates and Reels Episode #8: District 77 Florida State Rep Dane Eagle

On this episode of Rates & Reels, I got to take out District 77 Florida State Rep Dane Eagle. It was really a pleasure to spend time with Dane and get to know him. It was an amazing June day in SWFL. Light winds and sunny was going to make for a great day of fishing.

The plan was to go Tarpon fishing with legendary Captain Bo Johnson of Tenacity Guide Service but we got a late start. Captain Bo wanted to be out on the water by 6:30 am and due to last minute scheduling conflicts on my side we had to move the time up a few hours. That did not work in our favor.

We saw acres upon acres of tarpon but could not get them to bite anything. The bite had just died off once we had arrived. Lesson learned for the Rates and Reels show. Go fishing when the captain tells you to go!! Sorry Bo!

We did manage to hook into a huge cobia. Dane worked that cobia like he would work a bill on the house floor. Sorry for the political pun. That is all I got!

I did add a new segment to our show called “Rates and Grills” I grilled the cobia that Dane caught and had my sons as taste testers. I’m biased but I think they did a pretty good job and they made me laugh. Hope you like it!

During the interview Dane talks in depth about water quality, Visit Florida and his future in politics. It was very cool to listen to him talk about Florida politics and provide us some insight on how things work.


Thanks for everyone’s support with this show. It is truly done to promote our area and the leaders in it.

Hope you enjoy the show! Low Rates and Tight Lines!

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19 Jul 2017

Rates and Reels Episode #7: Ben Hemmen of the Fort Myers Miracle

Rates and Reels Episode #7: Ben Hemmen of the Fort Myers Miracle

Baseball, hot dogs, beer and fun. That is what I think of when I hear Fort Myers Miracle the The Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate in Fort Myers is the only minor league baseball team in Lee County and one great time.

The Miracle now have a new COO/VP named Ben Hemmen and I was lucky enough to have him as a guest on Episode 7 of Rates & Reels.

The day started off great when he hooked me up with a Miracle hat and peanuts. Score!

First fishing stop was a flat that was loaded with Trout. Ben and I both caught plenty of keepers and some undersized ones as well.

We then moved to a couple of spots around the mangroves to catch some snook. We got a few but no monsters.

Ben is from Kansas so this was his first time experiencing our SWFL waters and he loved it.

I got to interview him at Hammond Stadium during a Miracle game which was awesome. I love that place!

I was really impressed by Bens passion for baseball and his willingness to do the best he can at his new job.

We discussed his future for the Miracle, how he thinks the new coach will do and all the cool promotions that the Miracle have coming up. He seems excited about the upcoming promotion on August 26th called Recount Election night where the first 500 fans get a Russian Nesting Doll and everyone will get to vote again. Little known fact is that the Miracle fans have correctly picked the last 5 Presidential winners.

Ben is a great guy and I know he will do well at his new job. It was a pleasure getting to know him out on the water.

Make sure you get out there and catch a game or nine this season. It is a great time! Hope you enjoy the show! Low Rates and Tight Lines!

Fort Myers Miracle Information can be found on their website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t509

Conway Charters​ can be found at http://www.conwaycharters.com/ or call him at 239-410-0067

If I can help you with any of your mortgage needs or you have questions about the show please call Tim Hart- Loan Officer at 239-437-4278 or e-mail me at thart@vandykmortgage.com or visit my website at www.TimHartJr.com

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01 Jul 2017

Letters from the Hart: July 2017

Letters from the Hart: July 2017


Last month, my family, my in-laws, and I finally got the opportunity to get away from it all, out on the open ocean on the Harmony of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean’s cruise line and the biggest ship in the world. Between the shows, the delicious food, and … CONTINUE READING

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