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, ...
On The Hook: Grouper travesty
Published 3/22/2012 at 3:29 p.m. 1 comment
For New Englanders it’s like not having Tom Brady for the last two months of the season. For the Heartlanders it’s like having Arron Rodgers on injured reserve for the two months when then chips are down.
On The Hook: The braided experience
Published 2/10/2012 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments
To start, I just may be a member of just a few who see the new era of synthetic braided line as the “devil” when it comes to interfacing with the environment. Until a few years back most fishing lines ...
The ‘72 quart coller’ charter trip
Published 1/28/2012 at 12:24 p.m. 0 comments
Many times, in the mid-morning warmth of the intoxicating sun, customers will relax from their fishing and make inquiry as to, “how is the fishing here now in comparison to when you started ... better or worse?”
On The Hook: The trouble with Uncle Henry
Published 1/13/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
On most charter trips, after introductions dockside, the question as to “What are you folks looking for today? Wanna do catch and release or maybe take some of your fish home for a meal.” Almost always, nowadays, the taking a ...
On The Hook: Red Tide fishing
Published 12/8/2011 at 2:41 p.m. 0 comments
It strikes abject terror in the hearts of the unfamiliar. “Red Tide ... do we have to evacuate?” The reaction comes close to that when the media lays the news on the uninitiated ala the evening news. The event takes ...
On the Hook: The tales of ‘Walter’ and sons
Published 11/15/2011 at 12:25 p.m. 0 comments
Even after surrendering an enormous amount of tackle and effort, we never got close to landing him. The very disappointed couple named the fish “Walter” after the denizen of the deep that eluded Henry Fonda and Billy in the classic ...
On The Hook: Redfish raving
Published 10/13/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 1 comment
It’s been a fishing run like no other. Redfish, if not the most sought after fish in these parts, is a close second. Only challenger would be the legendary snook. The redfish have always showed here in late September and ...
On The Hook: Shark Tales
Published 9/29/2011 at 2:15 p.m. 0 comments
On countless occasions, a charter inquiry will include a question that goes something like “ you guys ever catch any sharks down there”? Then, with even a glint that we do, the whole focus of the potential trip goes there. ...
On The Hook: FWAK – ‘Fishing With the Acronym King’
Published 9/15/2011 at 2:47 p.m. 0 comments
For years I spent my working life in the corporate canyons of management. Aware of the customer and remotely sensitive to their needs but hardly ever hands on. You dealt with their products, their finances and their wants and needs ...
On The Hook: You just can’t outrun ‘em
Published 8/18/2011 at 4:21 p.m. 0 comments
“The storm front was turning the sky jet black as it approached the island screaming in from the southwest. The accompanying wind was not sneaking; it came racing in as a chilling blast turning wavelets in the river to devouring ...
On The Hook: As-you-go charter fishing
Published 8/4/2011 at 3:46 p.m. 0 comments
The economic world is changing right before our eyes. Prices for goods and services that once were apparent are now shrouded in extra costs that are added on the tab piecemeal. Want a good example; take a airline flight; on ...