On The Hook: Fishing – Skill or luck?
Published 10/31/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments
It's an ageless argument enacted out every day by folks who fish. It's a ying and yang thing that seemingly gets played out by the evidence in each instance. For example; take yesterday: fishing with a nice couple from New ...
On The Hook: Follow the bait
Published 10/17/2013 at 12:35 p.m. 0 comments
Follow most any detective thriller that frequently plays out a stymied hero as their leads go cold in nailing the perpetrator; then watch what happens next. Usually, there is a reflective moment when the partner asks our hero what they ...
On The Hook: Hunt for reds in October
Published 10/1/2013 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments
No, this is not a sequel to the famous Tom Clancy novel but it does deal with another elusive seaborne target, piscatorial this time, known as the red drum aka the redfish.Prized by anglers from all over the southeastern United ...
On The Hook: The joys and benefits of flexible fishing
Published 9/19/2013 at 7:29 a.m. 0 comments
The first contact was a phone call late one recent August evening. After introductions, the caller inquired about charter fishing availability over the ensuing weeks. Once informed that we had a number of morning openings, he followed with his specific ...
On The Hook: Snookmania
Published 9/4/2013 at 8:43 a.m. 0 comments
To many, the snook is not an ordinary fish; it's an a absolute passion with fins. Take for example, this past Saturday evening, hours before the snook season reopened after a two year closure, it was like Christmas Eve – ...
On The Hook: Fishing patience – Some things can't be rushed
Published 8/8/2013 at 9:13 a.m. 0 comments
Many, if not most times, fishing can drain away just about all the patience an angler can muster. If you fish, just think of the hours on end you were focused on that rod of fiberglass in your hands waiting ...
On The Hook: Fishing blurts
Published 7/23/2013 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
Folks will impulsively say the darnedest things when they get a fishing rod in their hands and are surprised with some waterborne event. Even the calmest will utter a spontaneous comment in the heat of an surprising incident. Most times ...
On The Hook: Sportfishing's rightful place
Published 7/10/2013 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
We have seen the sport of soccer run up as the next coming. It is now the thriving activity in schoolyards across this country. But for most of us, the sport is an anomaly, slow action and confusing rules. But ...
On The Hook: Sweetwater fishing days
Published 6/25/2013 at 1:50 p.m. 0 comments
Welcome to the Land of Afternoon Rain. Those all-day, placid sun baked, sun tanning experiences here on the Paradise Coast have vanished – at least for a couple months. You have to expect that. You are in the Southwest Florida ...
On The Hook: Realistic fishing regulations
Published 6/13/2013 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments
"Captain, can we keep this fish? Is this one big enough, captain?" Questions like these go on during the whole charter trip. Especially from people that don't fish the salt on a regular basis. There is a virtual profusion of ...
On The Hook: Our big summer fishing problem
Published 5/16/2013 at 8:36 a.m. 0 comments
There's a denizen of the deep, preparing to decimate your next deep water fishing trip. He thrives on ambushing the hooked fish you so painstakingly sought, in one fell swoop – snook, permit, cobia et al – all fall to ...
On The Hook: The clean water debacle
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
If there is one factor that angler's around these parts value is fishing in nice clean and green water. Visibility. The ability for the denizens of the deep to see your proffered bait makes all the difference, since all desirable ...
On The Hook: Tarpon lunacy
Published 4/18/2013 at 12:20 p.m. 0 comments
Of all the great fish species that ply the salt, the tarpon has engendered a position of eminence especially for our fabled "now" generation; eyes roll and palms sweat when they are even mentioned. They are the Porsche Boxter with ...
On The Hook: What a difference a tide makes
Published 4/3/2013 at 6:21 p.m. 0 comments
The tide rules. No, we're not talking about the University of Alabama's Crimson variety. We're talking about the daily event, imbedded in our planet's nature, that moves the ocean's volume in two different directions every day. For those of us ...
On The Hook: Lost – 'The storm they had predicted was beginning to rumble'
Published 3/20/2013 at 1:59 p.m. 0 comments
As you ease away from the marina, you reach across the console and punch a series of numbers into an illuminated keyboard initiating your global positioning system. The attached computer screen kicks into life and in milliseconds you have exact ...
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