About BILL WALSH
BiographyCapt. Bill Walsh owns an established Marco Island charter fishing business and holds a current U.S. Coast Guard license.
- Columnist - Marco Eagle
12/23/2007 - current
On The Hook: Tough fishing and going for the long shot
Published 04/17/2014 at 8:43 a.m.
Sometimes, getting into good fishing is tough. Awhile back, I received an email from a reader in response to one of my articles relating to hard fishing experiences and the responders gist was "how awful it is to see folks, ...
On The Hook: Beat the drum
Published 04/02/2014 at 5:44 p.m.
March was a tough weather month here on the Paradise Coast. Oh no, not for the folks down here escaping the ravages of the cold anywhere north but, rather, for those with a passion for fishing.
On The Hook: Unladylike ladyfish
Published 03/19/2014 at 5:40 p.m.
It's March. Expect anything. From the size and mix of the crowds along the Paradise Coast to the eccentric weather. Both factors have had a definite impact on what is loosely labeled spring fishing.
On The Hook: Fishing equipment calamity
Published 03/05/2014 at 4:42 p.m.
"Kerplunk!" A sound that you never want to hear on a fishing boat. It's the last sound that emits from a rod and reel as it enters the water. We heard that woeful sound on a charter here last week. ...
On The Hook: Setting fishing expectations
Published 02/19/2014 at 5:41 p.m.
Charter trips all have different goals. As folks tumble aboard, in the excitement of the moment, getting a clear picture of what they'd like their trip to look like is often difficult to discern. So once everyone has boarded and ...
On The Hook: Accidental fishing discovery
Published 02/05/2014 at 2:42 p.m.
Axiom: you never have enough experience or know enough about fishing to ignore the distinct possibility that you can learn something new. And that the surprising enlightenment can come from the most unlikely of sources.That's where Harvey ... enters stag
On The Hook: Sheepshead holiday
Published 01/22/2014 at 1:40 p.m.
So, this is the time all Southwest Florida visiting anglers have patiently waited for –it's sheepshead time. The big versions of these striped bait thieves are headed inland as nature, triggered by the sudden dip in water temperature, drives them ...
On The Hook: Fishing cohorts
Published 01/08/2014 at 10:31 a.m.
The four guys in this story are my friends ... at least I think so. They come from places in the north; very cold places with names like Ice Falls and Whiteout. They come here to escape those frigid months ...
On The Hook: Net ban benefit replay
Published 12/27/2013 at 4 a.m.
One of the oft asked questions by anglers on charter trips is, "How's the fishing here in Southwest Florida now, compared to years ago ... better or worse?" That's a trigger question for me and I usually launch into a ...
On The Hook: Fishing etiquette, eh?
Published 12/13/2013 at 4 a.m. 1 Comment
tiquette. The definition is quite compact and clear ... "rules governing socially acceptable behavior." Now, most every sport has a level of conduct expected of it's participants whether they be spelled out chapter and verse or innately derived. In golf,
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. 1 Comment
“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. 1 Comment
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. 3 Comments
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. 1 Comment
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. 2 Comments
“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.
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