21 Mar 2018

Meet Captain John Conway, The Man Behind the Beard

Meet Captain John Conway, The Man Behind the Beard

When Captain John Conway got laid off more than nine years ago from his job teaching clients how to effectively invest in real estate, he wasn’t sure what he would do next. One day, while having a beer with a couple of his buddies, someone came up with an idea. “Hey John,” they said, “ why don’t you become a fishing guide?” Though John certainly had intimate knowledge of the surrounding waters and a passion for fishing, he thought it sounded a little too much like a pipe dream.

But the idea was planted. After a little research, John realized that if he combined the thousands of hours he’d spent fishing in the Caloosahatchee and the Gulf of Mexico with a small initial investment, he might have a viable project on his hands after all.

Fast- forward almost a decade, and his business, Conway Charters, is one of the very best boat chartering companies in all of Southwest Florida. As a frequent passenger on Johns’ boat, I can tell you “not only does Captain John boast an expert knowledge of Florida waters, but he brings his enthusiastic, funny personality to every trip.”

John’s main goal is to show a good time to anyone who ends up on his boat. “I just like to take people fishing!” he says. “For me, it’s all about keeping the rods bent. Guiding is 10 percent fishing skill and 90 percent personality.”

“Other guides may go out and only ever hint for the big monsters,” Captain John says. “But instead of ending up with one or two bites in four  hours, I’d rather help my passangers catch 80 fish in the same amount of time! Every single one might not be a huge trophy fish, but for most people, it’s a lot more fun.”

No matter what the conditions, John always manages to deliver, and he never tries to sell or over-promise anything to a customer. Hes a great guy and a master fisherman. Ifyour looking for the fishing trip of your life, give him a call at 239-410-0067 or visit him online at www.conwaycharters.com – we highly recommend it!

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

Thanks to M&M Multimedia LLChttp://www.mandmmultimedia.com/

 

01 Feb 2017

Rates & Reels Episode #4: Mayor Randy Henderson of Fort Myers

Rates & Reels Episode #4: Mayor Randy Henderson of Fort Myers

I got to fish with the Mayor of Fort Myers!!! Awesome!

This was filmed in the middle of December in Ft Myers. It was in the mid 70’ sand sunny while it was below 0 in many parts of the Mid-West. Don’t be jealous……..just move here!

The Mayor and I got to talk about many things that are happening in Fort Myers, and you will also hear him talk about why he became Mayor.

  • The best part of being a Mayor and the worst part.
  • Where he sees Fort Myers in the next 10-20 years.

He also cracks some good jokes and we make fun of people that choose to live in the snow.

We were limited on fishing time due to the Mayor’s schedule but still had a great day with Captain John Conway of Conway Charters. Fishing was tough, but the weather and conversations were awesome! He is a great guy and I have tons of respect for him after I spent the day with him. Hopefully he will do it again in the future.

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If I can help you with any of your mortgage needs or you have questions about the show please call me at 239-437-4278 or e-mail me at thart@vandykmortgage.com

Mayor Henderson can be contacted by clicking here.

21 Dec 2016

Rates & Reels Episode #3: Big Mama From B103.9

Rates & Reels Episode #3: Big Mama From B103.9

Big Mama was an awesome guest and we were super excited to have him on the show. He was just as funny in person as he is on the radio.

In our interview with him he discusses, Luke from 2 Live Crew, playing softball with Eminem, tells you how to eat a McDonalds burger, Gary Spivey’s hair, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County and many other topics.

Besides laughing and having fun, we also caught some fish. You will see us land Redfish, Snook, a huge Sailcat, Jacks and Ladyfish. Tim Hart- Loan Officer got beat up by a Ladyfish. I’m pretty sure the Ladyfish was related to the Gar that fought him in episode #2. Probably fellow gang members.

Shout out to Captain John Conway of Conway Charters. Great job buddy!

Big Mama has worked in places like Phoenix, Albuquerque, Tampa, Memphis, Philadelphia, Fresno, Spokane, and Minneapolis. Most recently his career solidified here in Southwest Florida. He holds down the Morning Show for WXKB B103.9 and has done so since early 2008. Big and his crew ‘The WiLD Bunch’ have scored the highest ratings in station history and won countless awards including The Best Morning Drive team four years running in the News-Press best of the Southwest.

“What’s really going on?!”

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29 Sep 2016

Rates and Reels Episode #1: Mariner High School Football Coach Travis Smith

Rates and Reels Episode #1: Mariner High School Football Coach Travis Smith

We are happy to launch of our first episode of “Rates and Reels!”

Our special guest for this episode is Mariner High School Football Coach Travis Smith. Coach Smith is a lifelong friend of mine and is doing amazing things with the young men at Mariner High School. We had a blast fishing that day and caught shark, trout, snapper and a Sawfish. Wait until you see this Sawfish. Crazy!

Captain John Conway of Conway Charters killed it!

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