On The Hook: Second chance
Published 04/28/2011 at 1:56 p.m.
The two buddies had probably dreamed about fishing for sharks ever since they stole away one Saturday afternoon back in ‘75 and watched “Jaws” scaring the bejesus out of themselves. Thirty five years later and still buddies, they planned a ...
On The Hook: Fishing point, counterpoint
Published 03/17/2011 at 5:19 p.m.
“So, how’s the fishin’ ?” has replaced the customary salutation of “hello” for almost anyone caught with a fishing rod in hand. It’s more than a knee jerk action; it’s something that is seriously on folk’s mind. Enmeshed there, over ...
ON THE HOOK: Fishing or entertainment
Published 02/17/2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Excuse the daft question but, do you go fishing to catch fish or for the entertainment? To expound, let’s lay out the premise in detail; Is fishing considered a sport where one strives to lure a piscatorial resident to a ...
On the Hook: Government fishing
Published 02/04/2011 at 3:45 p.m.
You hear little of the effort from the main stream media as the enterprise is well concealed from the general public with but bits and pieces of rhetoric with code names like “catch shares” and “IFQ’s” (Individual Fishing Quotas) slipping ...
ON THE HOOK: Government fishing
Published 02/03/2011 at 2:05 p.m.
It keeps getting worse and closer to invading our angling realities. I’m talking about the mammoth, all encompassing forces of the federal government in cahoots with the forces assembled under the banner of “environmentalists” et al, who are continuing to ...
On the Hook: The master tangler
Published 01/21/2011 at 8:30 a.m.
The mainstay customers on this trip are two couples from the Northeast that exit the winter cold after the holidays and spend two months here in the sunshine and warmth. We’ve had good fun trips over the years running down ...
On the hook: Christmas gift for a fishing nut
Published 01/03/2011 at 10:18 a.m.
Settled in a booth in a local coffee shop and cradling a cup of steaming hot coffee we both began to warm and un-layer. Somehow the chat got around to the upcoming Christmas season and focused on the barrage of ...
On the Hook: The fishing trip extraordinaire
Published 12/17/2010 at 2:37 p.m. 1 Comment
As the event faded and the group dispersed, Ted made mention to a few stragglers “that this was such an unusual event, heartwarming and hilarious at the same time, that it should be ‘written up’ so it could be shared ...
On the Hook: Fishing no-nos
Published 12/02/2010 at 8:52 a.m.
But there are a few behaviors in the world of fishing that fail the “forgiveness” test; you will pay the price for these miscues. If you’ve spent time on the water, you have either observed these endeavors or been the ...
On the Hook: Fly fishing with a little twist
Published 11/03/2010 at 8:25 a.m.
“Do you do fly?” In busier times, I might have directed the questioner to a competitor more attuned to fly fishing. But this time the answer was affirmative with a disclaimer that; ”boat is not ideal for fly, but certainly ...
On the Hook: Good fishing behavior gone awry
Published 10/15/2010 at 2:51 p.m.
So, are there ethical rules of conduct in fishing? I’ll submit that there sure are. But, I think they are best defined by negative situational occurrences that are wide of the mark of what could be defined as honorable conduct.
On the Hook: 2025: The virtual fishing trip
Published 09/30/2010 at 8:41 a.m.
Today, we’re moving out to what a “fishing” trip might look like at our quarter century mark if those draconian measures multiply on themselves as the years roll on.
On the Hook: Fishing school
Published 09/22/2010 at 9:11 a.m.
Now, experience with novice anglers is always a roll of the dice. Even if they have had a modicum of fishing time, getting them up to speed in the salt water environment, was quite simple.
On the Hook: Waiting for the big one to strike
Published 09/02/2010 at 2:25 p.m.
You explain the tides; the acquisition of live bait and the marina support and the displeasure fades, but you have an indicator of how this particular trip might play out.
On the Hook: The fishing email was only the start to this adventure
Published 08/20/2010 at 2:51 p.m.
The event that initiated this " charter-from-hell" came in an email in February 2008. You’ll have to believe me that the email shown in the sidebar is an actual transcription. After all, who could possibly make up anything quite as ...
On the Hook: Hot fishing
Published 08/09/2010 at 10:38 a.m.
To see how all that might play out in the real world, let me share with you the events of a trip we took last week on one of the worst of the scorcher days.
On the Hook: Suppose it was all catch and release
Published 08/09/2010 at 10:34 a.m.
For those many, it no longer is it the relaxation, beauty and pure sport, it has become a matter of acquisition or “how many filets did you bring home.”
On The Hook: Holy mackerel!
Published 05/13/2010 at 2:53 p.m.
Who will ever explain the fishing on this day We met in the fall of 1996. I was trying to manage the requirements of the church, to enable my daughter’s wedding down here in this tropical paradise and he was ...
On The Hook: Tarpon mania is almost here
Published 04/29/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
If there’s one fish that every angler wants on their virtual “stringer” before they reach the pearly gates, it’s the legendary tarpon. Adult tarpon are massive in length and girth with a 150 pounder considered average. Imagine then, those anglers ...
On the Hook: Bass pro meets mister sheepshead
Published 02/15/2010 at 10:21 a.m.
If you consider yourself a top-class angler, there is one fish that can knock you off your lofty perch. The one and only, black-and-white striped, cousin of the porgy, the sheepshead.
On the Hook: If at first you don’t succeed, try a fish stick
Published 02/01/2010 at 4:17 p.m.
Fishing is a simple sport – it’s us anglers that make it complex.
On the Hook: The day the fish stood still
Published 01/21/2010 at 2:19 p.m.
First, it got cold for us guys, starting with that first January weekend.
On the Hook: Catching trout without the tricks
Published 01/08/2010 at 11:36 a.m.
Some anglers are absolutely loco about speckled sea trout
On the Hook: Johnny’s fishy Christmas present
Published 12/29/2009 at 3:38 p.m.
I’ve been saving this one since last Christmas. It wouldn’t fit just anywhere, after all, it was all about a special Christmas present for a little guy that was fishing “nuts.”
On the Hook: The terrible tale of the Jersey Jerk
Published 11/25/2009 at 11:17 a.m.
The dawn breaks these days with just a tad of crispness in the air that invigorates the step and excites the soul.
On the Hook: Cold snap is gooood for fishing!
Published 10/30/2009 at 11:07 a.m.
The summer is finally over. The rains have stopped and we’ve had our first cold front. If you fish, what’s more important is that they’ve had a severe change in temperature up north in the Florida panhandle.
On The Hook: So, you think fishing is an obsession?
Published 10/15/2009 at 7:21 p.m.
We’ve all read the recent headlines: “The government proposes a ban on texting for operators of passenger transport vehicles.” Are you kidding? You mean to tell us that you allowed someone to take their eyes off the road or rail ...
On The Hook: With fishing, patience makes perfect
Published 10/01/2009 at 7:38 p.m.
“I want it. I want it now.” There is impatience in our society now. It’s been bred by the instantaneous communication offered on our cell phones and the immersion in personal detail offered by Web offerings such as Facebook, YouTube ...
On The Hook: A snook for Justin
Published 09/17/2009 at 7:51 p.m.
I’ll bet you’ve noticed that it’s super quiet around here come September. Folks are either hiding from the heat or are glued to the media awaiting that inevitable naming of the next tropical disturbance. There can be no distractions to ...
On The Hook: Part of fishing is the ‘big’ surprise factor
Published 08/20/2009 at 7:20 p.m.
“Big” rules – unfortunately, in too many venues today. It’s the folks with the biggest house; the guy with the most expensive automobile and the pro golfer with the longest drive that captures our adulation. Makes you wonder what ever ...
On The Hook: The fishing stimulus plan
Published 08/06/2009 at 7:27 p.m.
We are truly immersed in amazing times. Federal government has assumed an increasingly intrusive role in almost every facet of our private lives.
On The Hook: Sport Fishing - Hours of waiting; moments of mayhem
Published 07/23/2009 at 8:36 p.m.
When you target a major game fish, you need to dredge up all that elusive element of patience you have in your being. And that all can come to pass, when you’ve set your sights on that sizable creature, anywhere ...
On The Hook: The one we hoped would get away
Published 07/09/2009 at 8:52 p.m.
The episode was clearly my fault. You should have fishing equipment aboard that will handle any circumstance you run into when you well know the possibilities. I hadn’t done that.
On The Hook: Fishing conservation belongs to us
Published 06/25/2009 at 7:57 p.m.
This week’s article is not intended to be political in it’s nature, but unintentionally, it may drift that way. So please — pay that drift no mind. Stay focused on those small and not-so-small nautical creatures that have thrilled our ...
On The Hook: How deep is deep sea fishing?
Published 06/11/2009 at 9:13 p.m.
“My nephew and his friends are coming down for a visit and want to go deep sea fishing.” That seems like a simple straightforward statement, right? But hold on a minute; it’s not so simple.
On The Hook: Split charter
Published 05/28/2009 at 7:57 p.m.
Gordon and Penny Blake weren’t going to let anything stand in the way of getting on the water even if it came down to sharing a boat with a total stranger.
On The Hook: Wiskered bait
Published 05/14/2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Good catfish? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it ?
On The Hook: Small fry
Published 04/30/2009 at 8:08 p.m.
Seems everyone is sensitive to the dicey economic times that have beset our world.
On The Hook: Casting
Published 04/16/2009 at 7:21 p.m.
You meet someone, and in conversation, you learn that they love to go fishing — it’s their passion. So you invite them to join your gang the next time you take to the briny on a fishing excursion.
On The Hook: Healing the ‘fishin’ itch’
Published 04/02/2009 at 9:01 p.m.
Got thinking about this subject a couple of weeks back when a potential customer called in the midst of those near-freezing mornings with a frantic plea to book a charter.
On The Hook:There should be no down time on a fishing trip
Published 03/19/2009 at 8:25 p.m.
What would you guess is the amount of time, on a typical fishing trip, that you and your gang are into red hot fishing action?
On The Hook: Fishing truisms
Published 03/05/2009 at 8:02 p.m.
If you fish you already know all about truisms, defined as a proposition that needs no proof or argument. In other words, the chances of the event occurring amidst your angling activity, is almost a certainty.
On The Hook: Fishing: Like picking from a box of chocolates
Published 02/19/2009 at 8:35 p.m.
Remember the line in the movie classic “Forrest Gump,” where Tom Hanks describes the choices you get in life as “just like a box of chocolates?” You never know what “flavor” is going to show up. How applicable to so ...
On The Hook: Playing musical fishing chairs
Published 02/05/2009 at 8:58 p.m.
If you’ve fished even on the smallest of boats, I’ll bet a nickel that this has happened to you.
On The Hook: Fishing courtesy reaps its own reward
Published 01/22/2009 at 7:32 p.m.
In case you haven’t noticed the “season” is upon us. With it, comes the joys of having good seasonal friends return to the tropics in their flight from frozen windshields and high three digit heating bills. Nice to have them ...
On The Hook: Right place, wrong time?
Published 01/08/2009 at 7:45 p.m.
It’s the day you picked to go fishing. The first choice that you’ll make is “go or no-go.” Weather OK? Sea conditions reasonable? Water nice and clear?
On The Hook: When grouper opportunities get locked down
Published 12/24/2008 at 3:30 p.m.
When the water temps here in Southwest Florida head into the frig, your chances of bringing home a big fish narrow to a single species.
On The Hook: Slack fishing?
Published 11/13/2008 at 1:03 p.m.
For anglers, the announcement that the tide has gone slack is about as ominous as discovering that you left your bait back at the dock. The tide goes slack (stops moving) four times a day round these parts twice at ...
On the hook: World-class fishing in Marco?
Published 10/30/2008 at 4:29 p.m.
If you love fishing, I would like all of you to meet John Alexander. John is the “angler’s angler.” Not that that is all he does. While fully devoted to his profession in Federal law enforcement, John manages those holidays ...
On the Hook: More waves than the sea
Published 10/16/2008 at 4:05 p.m.
Quiet, activity off, that’s putting it mildly!