Dick May moved to Pine Island 16 years ago after 40 years as a corporate restaurant executive. He quickly became bored with nothing to do and a charter captain friend suggested he get his captain's license. He had been fishing here for 20 years.
After several weeks of school, he obtained his Coast Guard license.
May believed he would only do a couple charters a month and he did not want to spend a lot on advertising so he offered to write a recipe column for The Eagle if they would mention the name of his charter service "Easy Rider Charters" and his phone number to the recipe column.
Capt. Dick May
He added a monthly article in the Nautical Mile Magazine on fishing in Pine Island Sound, and a website. He soon became one of the busiest guides on Pine Island.
In the off-season he and his partner, Jeanne Adams, wrote and published three cookbooks.
Due to health problems May is relocating to the Kansas area where his son is in the restaurant business. He said, "I have made many wonderful friends from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, and have the best neighbors I have ever had. I will miss Pine Island."
While May is moving away, his "Catch em & Cook 'em" will continue to run in The Eagle.