We connected with Heather and Steve Hunsucker of Reel Deal Sportfishing to learn more about this small business located at the Clearwater Marina to interview them about their business and about operating a business here in Tampa Bay during COVID-19. Real Deal Sportfishing offers private, offshore fishing charters out of Clearwater Beach.
How long has your business been open?
Where did the idea for starting your business come from?
My husband Capt Steve has been charter fishing for 15 years and I have worked in hospitality and administration so I handle all of the booking and marketing for the company.
What has made your business successful?
Good work ethic, great customer service
What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Since owning out charter vessels we have been affected by hurricanes (Irma) and COVID shutdown but have persevered!
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
Working for ourselves, pride in our business, and everyone loves fishing!
What advice would you give to others that want to start a new venture?
Just go for it. Work hard and don’t stop trying to grow.
How has the community helped you get where you are? How can they help?
Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce voted us Small Business of the Year in 2017. The community helps with lots of referrals for our fishing charters!
To learn more about Reel Deal Fishing, here’s their contact information:
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