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Articles By Captain Ron Kowalyk


Suspended! Maybe Not So Bad
Suspended! Maybe Not So Bad
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 6:48PM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Suspended. Well it really matters where and when; ask Tom Brady. My lil' buddies, the MirroMinidine and... Read More


Get Into the Snook Stampede
Get Into the Snook Stampede
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:46PM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Snook bites across the board or region, in our parlance, is in full tilt and has been. With an eye to the... Read More


The Week's Wash: Like a ride in a dryer, kiddies
The Week's Wash: Like a ride in a dryer, kiddies
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:27PM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Get out and bob around off the beaches, but bring plenty of sunscreenand Gatorade. Crews reported hot... Read More


Those "Blue Demons" Tilapia and their Tastey Italian Bread Ball Baits
Those "Blue Demons" Tilapia and their Tastey Italian Bread Ball Baits
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 3:54PM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Fishing for tilapia has always been tough. They are wary and have good eyesight so it’s best to use... Read More


Nice Recovery From a Short Period of Weather Fronts
Nice Recovery From a Short Period of Weather Fronts
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:24AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Offshore: And so it goes! Lots of wind outa the ENE didn't help the diggers or draggers.... Read More


Work'in Hard, Hardly Work
Work'in Hard, Hardly Work
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:23AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Good results 20-45 miles out, weather permitting. Lousy rain cycle made for rough sledding but soon crews... Read More


The Humble Squid Sweetens the Pot!
The Humble Squid Sweetens the Pot!
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 11:14PM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Add-ons are always fun. Some are more fun than others. Squid whole, in section or strips are and have been... Read More


The waters are clearing; the fish are biting. Celebrate!
The waters are clearing; the fish are biting. Celebrate!
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 10:10AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Offshore: Waters clear up! Good action on the Marks at 30–60... Read More


Dough Boy Dough Balls and Cichlid Antipasto
Dough Boy Dough Balls and Cichlid Antipasto
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:17AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

The much maligned invasive South American and African species, cichlids, are becoming a very popular roadside... Read More


Blind Pass bonanza
Blind Pass bonanza
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:26AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Snook addicts certainly get their fill fishing on the moving water phases at Blind Pass between Sanibel Island... Read More


Windy weather messes with the bite
Windy weather messes with the bite
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:19AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Offshore:It was a little windy the past few days but the bravehearts... Read More


If you can't catch something now, you aren't really trying
If you can't catch something now, you aren't really trying
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 10:26AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Heat, rain, wind, freshwater outflow—Oh Yeah! Conditions have tested the best of the off-the-beach... Read More


Can you handle it? The hot tarpon bite
Can you handle it? The hot tarpon bite
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:22AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

If you're up for it, the tarpon bite is hot. Crews fished at first light and came up... Read More


Homeboy Spreader
Homeboy Spreader
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 10:00AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

“Nipper Madness” can strike at any time near bridge pilings, reefs and wrecks, or while drifting... Read More


Beat The heat, start at first light
Beat The heat, start at first light
Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:40AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Beat the heat and get out at first light for the hot morning bite.Tarpon, cobia, permit, and snapper... Read More


Preferred  Permit Presentations
Preferred Permit Presentations
Tue, May 17, 2016 at 8:31AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

This time of year we get a shot at one of the premiere gamefish of the subtropical water, permit. As the... Read More


Reach Out and Touch Someone:  Slip Bobber Savvy
Reach Out and Touch Someone: Slip Bobber Savvy
Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:01AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

A useful tool for beating the bushes, long casting the flats, and deep drifting the Gulf, a slip bobber... Read More


Tarpon in 'the Jewel of deNile' Creek
Tarpon in 'the Jewel of deNile' Creek
Mon, May 9, 2016 at 9:16AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Wind has been a factor; 10-plus knots made tarpon fishing tough, butwith decent results from Knapp's... Read More


Rockin' Tarpon Roll, Sports Fans!
Rockin' Tarpon Roll, Sports Fans!
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 10:27AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Rock and Roll, Sports Fans! Plenty of tarpon from the pass mouths out 3-plus miles, 16–30 ft. of water.... Read More


It's Tarpon Time Again!
It's Tarpon Time Again!
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 10:07AM by Captain Ron Kowalyk

Tarpon have shown up big time. A good starting point is offthe Wiggins 5 mils, Gh, Mays Reefs, the... Read More