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BILL WALSH

Title: Columnist - Marco Eagle
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  • 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 09/29/2011 at 2:15 p.m.

    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 09/15/2011 at 2:47 p.m.

    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 08/18/2011 at 4:21 p.m.

    “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 08/04/2011 at 3:46 p.m.

    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 07/21/2011 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 07/07/2011 at 12:29 p.m.

    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 06/23/2011 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 05/26/2011 at 1:35 p.m.

    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 ...

  • On The Hook: Moments of mayhem Published 05/11/2011 at 2:01 p.m.

    I’ll bet you’ve never been on a fishing trip where you got a strike and a landed a lunker on your very first cast and the action continued non-stop to the point of exhaustion, hours later. Me, neither. With rare ...

  • 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.

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