On The Hook: Sportfishing's rightful place
Published 7/10/2013 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
We have seen the sport of soccer run up as the next coming. It is now the thriving activity in schoolyards across this country. But for most of us, the sport is an anomaly, slow action and confusing rules. But ...
On The Hook: Sweetwater fishing days
Published 6/25/2013 at 1:50 p.m. 1 comment
Welcome to the Land of Afternoon Rain. Those all-day, placid sun baked, sun tanning experiences here on the Paradise Coast have vanished – at least for a couple months. You have to expect that. You are in the Southwest Florida ...
On The Hook: Realistic fishing regulations
Published 6/13/2013 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments
"Captain, can we keep this fish? Is this one big enough, captain?" Questions like these go on during the whole charter trip. Especially from people that don't fish the salt on a regular basis. There is a virtual profusion of ...
On The Hook: Building character
Published 5/29/2013 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
Kids love fishing. Almost more than anything else save Christmas morning. When fishing, they love having most anything on the other end of the line wiggling and squirming. But it's more than just that. It's a sense of their personal ...
On The Hook: Our big summer fishing problem
Published 5/16/2013 at 8:36 a.m. 0 comments
There's a denizen of the deep, preparing to decimate your next deep water fishing trip. He thrives on ambushing the hooked fish you so painstakingly sought, in one fell swoop – snook, permit, cobia et al – all fall to ...
On The Hook: The clean water debacle
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
If there is one factor that angler's around these parts value is fishing in nice clean and green water. Visibility. The ability for the denizens of the deep to see your proffered bait makes all the difference, since all desirable ...
On The Hook: Tarpon lunacy
Published 4/18/2013 at 12:20 p.m. 0 comments
Of all the great fish species that ply the salt, the tarpon has engendered a position of eminence especially for our fabled "now" generation; eyes roll and palms sweat when they are even mentioned. They are the Porsche Boxter with ...
On The Hook: What a difference a tide makes
Published 4/3/2013 at 6:21 p.m. 0 comments
The tide rules. No, we're not talking about the University of Alabama's Crimson variety. We're talking about the daily event, imbedded in our planet's nature, that moves the ocean's volume in two different directions every day. For those of us ...
On The Hook: Lost – 'The storm they had predicted was beginning to rumble'
Published 3/20/2013 at 1:59 p.m. 0 comments
As you ease away from the marina, you reach across the console and punch a series of numbers into an illuminated keyboard initiating your global positioning system. The attached computer screen kicks into life and in milliseconds you have exact ...
On The Hook: Captain 'Murphy' and the law of averages
Published 3/7/2013 at 8:23 a.m. 0 comments
You were probably thinking that all charter fishing trips are supposed to go as smooth as silk. After all you are in the hands of a professional who executes his or her duties in a precise and error-free manner. Time ...
On The Hook: Delicatessen fishin'
Published 2/21/2013 at 7:58 a.m. 0 comments
You're getting ready to go fishing at Lake Wobegone in the middle of the "Heartland" this morning and as you ready your tackle, you know exactly what you're going after. It's either walleye, or maybe largemouth, or even bluegill. No ...
On The Hook: Even the odds
Published 2/6/2013 at 2:36 p.m. 0 comments
Much too often the fishing trip success is measured by the displayed result. Sometimes its how many; sometimes its how big; and sometimes its how superlative the species caught. Just consider for a moment what the marin
On The Hook: No-see-fish-um
Published 1/23/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments
The unseasonably warm weather, weve all been enjoying these past few weeks, does wondrous things. It brings the throngs of our winter residents to the beaches and the pools; it fills the outdoor restaurants to capacity and
On The Hook: Foggy misadventure
Published 1/10/2013 at 12:24 p.m. 0 comments
Im sure youve noticed that recently some of our mornings have dawned immersed in a blanket of vision obscuring fog. This thick watery haze is the price we pay for these beautiful warm summer like afternoons layered over si
On The Hook: Fishing with references
Published 12/26/2012 at 4:44 p.m. 0 comments
In this business, youre always waiting for the phone to ring signaling another potential customer. But this call, one evening late this summer, was bizarre to say the least. The caller, after identifying himself, started wi