black sea bass · block island · striped bass

How to find love On The Rocks & other fishing classics

It was a long awaited Friday night fights in South County salt ponds. Finally a full day of warming sun brought cinder worms from the mud to a muddled windy surface so the dance could be begin. It was a worm hatch like you read about, which we hope you read about here and while… Continue reading How to find love On The Rocks & other fishing classics

brook trout · fresh water fishing · stocking

Crazy Albert and catching two rainbows with one cast

Dock talk is still all about big bass keeping to themselves at the top of Narragansett Bay. South coast fishermen are finding piles of schoolie salt pond stripers but few keepers. Cinder worms have made only fleeting appearances while sand worms appear to be increasing in numbers. Kayak anglers may see more opportunities as squid… Continue reading Crazy Albert and catching two rainbows with one cast

call for action · fluke · plain old sarcasm · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass

How to find big bass, get out-fished and then find public access to a public beach that’s pretty much private

The big bass continue to hold tight to the top of Narragansett Bay. Live pogies are still the best bet for the big girls and several fishermen have reported stripers in the 28”-40” range.  Down south, the salt ponds are producing plenty of schoolie bass action. Long-awaited worm hatches have been few and far between,… Continue reading How to find big bass, get out-fished and then find public access to a public beach that’s pretty much private

block island · fluke · kayak · striped bass · tackle store

How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm

The big fishing news is that Cape Cod fisherman Jeff Fortin outlasted a 64.6 pound striper in Buzzards Bay. It’s a seriously impressive fish. So early in the season, it’s hopefully a good sign that fish of such size have already moved in to feed on pogies and herring. Fooled by a white paddle tail… Continue reading How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm

block island · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · tackle store

How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen

This edition of Fish Wrap originally appeared in the Southern RI Newspapers family of, well, newspapers. Steam over to the east side of Prudence Island, cast a live pogie, catch a striper. Head up to the Taunton River or the Tiverton Basin, cast a hunk of squid, catch a striper. Get in your kayak, paddle… Continue reading How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen

call for action · regulation speak · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass

Public access and how to lose it

Narragansett Bay is teeming with stripers. It’s easy to access them from beaches, breakwalls and kayaks, from river mouths to the upper Bay and the Taunton River. Our CRMC provides a wonderful, interactive map of public access spots, which you can find at http://www.crmc.ri.gov/publicaccess.html. In shallow waters, there’s topwater action with D.O.A. jerkbaits rigged with… Continue reading Public access and how to lose it

striped bass · the second amendment

stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

 This is the time. Bucktails, teaser flies, Cocahoe minnows. Seven foot medium weight rods for kayaks in salt ponds, ten foot surf rods for long beach casts.  Buckies, pogies, silversides. D.O.A. jerkbaits, topwater schoolie action and everything tipped with squid. Ready piles of fresh fluorocarbon leaders cut and tied last winter. Getting back into a… Continue reading stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

regulation speak

RIDEM regulations hearings announced

RI DEM will hold public hearing on draft regulations for recreational fishing, hunting, falconry and parks regulations on the following two dates Monday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. at DEM Headquarters | Room 300 235 Promenade Street Providence, Rhode Island and then on  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Warwick Police Department’s Community Room 99 Veterans Memorial Drive… Continue reading RIDEM regulations hearings announced

alewives · dams · fluke

Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

If there’s water involved, Bill McCusker is willing to get wet. He’s a tireless volunteer and advocate, a guy who collects water samples for URI’s Watershed Watch, has happily volunteered countless hours to the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association, dragged hoses and fought fires for the Richmond-Carolina Volunteer Fire Department, all while continuing to heft herring… Continue reading Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

striped bass · tackle store

Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

For many fishermen, once the opening of trout season has passed, it’s all about Galilee, Jerusalem and wailing the west wall. That ragged run of blocks and rocks is known for being one of the earliest spots to find a new season’s first stripers. Word races through chat rooms, listservs and all corners of the… Continue reading Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…