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Bill Walsh

  • On The Hook: No-see-fish-um Published 1/23/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments

    The unseasonably warm weather, we’ve 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

    I’m sure you’ve 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, you’re 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

  • On The Hook: Fishing, aka entertainment Published 11/1/2012 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments

    “Unfortunately, my wife and daughter don’t fish … can’t you put together a trip with some other people for me?” That’s the way the phone call began. A fellow, here on holiday, had an angling “itch” and was trying to ...

  • On The Hook: Gomer & Associates Published 10/18/2012 at 1:52 p.m. 0 comments

    A couple of years back, we wrote about Gomer. But when we discovered recently that much has changed in his life, we thought an update of the story would be of interest.Let’s start from scratch with a little background uniqu

  • On The Hook: Birthday fishing Published 10/4/2012 at 12:56 p.m. 0 comments

    A universal theory that is held sacrosanct among adults is that adding kids to any fishing trip raises the excitement level as well as thebloody pressure. Nothing that happens when the younger generation grabs a rod and reel is ordinary ...

  • On The Hook: Scoring fishing skills Published 9/6/2012 at 4:52 p.m. 0 comments

    A thought: Why is it that folks who fashion themselves as proficient backwater anglers never practice at their sport? There they are, decked out in Orvis loops and velcro attire, draped in expensive rods, reels and tackle, c

  • On The Hook: The French connection Published 8/9/2012 at 2:08 p.m. 0 comments

    Folks choose a charter boat trip for a variety of reasons. For the hardcore local anglers, it’s a way to engage in your favorite activity with the assistance and advice of a professional captain that will surely lead you an

  • On The Hook: Following the rules Published 7/26/2012 at 11:36 a.m. 0 comments

    “Wow … you have that many restrictions on fish species here in Florida?” That’s the jaw dropping reaction from out-of-state charter customers when you break out the “36 inch law stick” ruler that with rules printed on the ba

  • On The Hook: Goliath gagging Published 7/12/2012 at 9:32 a.m. 4 comments

    The Moran’s made reservations for a charter trip the first week in July to coincide with the announced opening of the gaggrouper season. That doesn’t sound unusual, right? But how about if they made them last December and

  • On The Hook: The dolphin dilemma Published 6/29/2012 at 8:40 a.m. 0 comments

    The bottle nosed dolphins that ply these waters, and call them their domicile, have always been an important adjunct to the pleasure of the fishing experience. Who among us, with rod in hand, wasn't paused when the graceful dolphin surfaced ...

  • On The Hook: Fishing for the birds Published 6/14/2012 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments

    We are truly blessed here in Southwest Florida with the enormous numbers and species of sea birds. There is hardly a day on a backwater charter that rods are not swapped for the camera for a shot of heron in ...

  • On The Hook: Managing the harvest Published 6/1/2012 at 10:27 a.m. 0 comments

    Late last year they made a trip to an area just north of us and had an unusual charter experience. Upon arrival and introductions, the captain informed them that they would only be able to take a limited number of ...

  • On The Hook: The crucial 20 Published 5/17/2012 at 4:38 p.m. 0 comments

    Fishing trips sometimes go for endless hours; but how about the catching? How much of the trip did you really have hot action? I'll submit that those times usually are but a slim portion of the total trip time. Here ...

  • On The Hook: Fishing secrets and stealth Published 5/3/2012 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s a scene at a boat ramp anywhere. A guy is cleaning a nice catch and a interested bystander walks up and asks, “Nice fish ... where did you catch them?” The angler turns slowly, obviously annoyed at the intrusion, ...

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