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 ...
On The Hook: Say no to snook
Published 7/21/2011 at 4:15 p.m. 4 comments
The concept proposed herein, probably will not meet with abandoned acclaim especially by anglers, but, hopefully, it will evoke a consideration. Let’s start at the beginning. The winter of 2009-2010 was brutally cold here in Southwest Florida. That’s right ...
On The Hook: Lost in fishing
Published 7/7/2011 at 12:29 p.m. 0 comments
Someone once said, “They named these 10,000 Islands correctly. That’s how many chances you have to get lost back there.” Our sportfishing domain, that stretches over a hundred miles south, east and southeast is one of a kind. The labyrinth ...
On The Hook: Scorched fishing conditions
Published 6/23/2011 at 12:50 p.m. 1 comment
Ask anyone who has spent at least a few years in these parts – this is a hot late spring. One that most will classify as a “scorcher.” For the dominant causal factors, we could easily look to the lack ...
On The Hook: Shady fishing
Published 5/26/2011 at 1:35 p.m. 0 comments
You think air temperature is cooking around here ? Take a look at the water! Those insufferable afternoons with the 90 degree heat and the lack of any appreciable rain has driven the Gulf water temperature to heights unknown for ...