WHY I LOVE THE EVERGLADES
Best Childhood Memories
Hi there. I’m Capt. Ron Hueston Jr., and Naples, Florida, is where I call home. Somewhere along the way, I picked up the nickname Midnight Rider.
As a native Floridian, I’ve watched this once sparsely populated state grow up and out around me. That’s why I LOVE the Everglades! It’s remote and nothing can be built there! The diversity of fresh and saltwater species and the fact that many of my best childhood memories are of fishing there make it my all-time favorite spot.
Heaven on Water
I became a full-time charter boat captain in 1993, when I launched Ron Hueston Fishing. Inshore fishing is my specialty, and the species I target are snook, tarpon, redfish, trout, permit, cobia and largemouth bass.
I am partial to snook though. The hunt and their strength still challenge me. In fact, sitting in my Skeeter SX230 Bay Boat going after trophy snook in the ‘glades at night using a spin and plug rod is my idea of heaven on water.
Conservation and Competition
I am a Life Member of CCA, and support my region by fishing and guiding in local inshore tournaments such as Flatmasters and Redsnook Charity, where I’ve won several big fish awards as a guide. I also guided one of my anglers to a 1st place finish in the Gene Doyle Charity tournament.
On the national circuit, I fish the ESPN, FLW and IFA redfish tournaments and have two 1st place finishes.
My wife, Cindy, who married me in 1996! Renovating our home and spending time with family, friends and our dogs.
Sharing the fundamentals of fishing with anglers who want to improve their skills is something I truly enjoy. Nothing beats the smile of a satisfied client after a good day fishing.
I’ve been covering the Southwest region for Florida Insider Fishing Report since 2003. Filing a report of the hot spots in my area during the show’s season is one of the highlights of my week.
Over the years, whenever I’ve reached out to Rick for advice, he has graciously coached me. He is a true and generous mentor. I respect him for the level of success he has achieved and his passion for the outdoors.
I am fortunate to have some of the most respected companies in the marine industry, including Bass Assassin, Simrad, Minn Kota, Power Pole, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Suffix and Yamaha Motors, behind me. Thanks guys!