block island · fresh water fishing · regulation speak · striped bass

is it a tax or a fee? its it right? would you want to keep paying it?

this piece originally ran in the Narragansett Times back in March. Fishing today can be frustrating and it’s not what it used to be. There are hundreds of rules and regulations, there are trucks parked where you always parked to sneak into your secret spot that’s certainly not a secret anymore, abundance is lower on… Continue reading is it a tax or a fee? its it right? would you want to keep paying it?

alewives · fresh water fishing · regulation speak · sarcasm with a chance of humor

DEM reg redo, some truth stretching and PBR’s on the horizon

Lions Club meetings begin with the awesome toast of water: “Not Above You Not Beneath You But With You”. Fantastic.  Right now ospreys and blackbirds are all of those, circling above, building nests and attracting mates while bass perch and buckies are swimming below. These are just some harbingers of the fisherman’s official beginning of… Continue reading DEM reg redo, some truth stretching and PBR’s on the horizon

fancy latin words · fresh water fishing · regulation speak

opening day, brown trout on a stamp & a cool fishing app

Spring’s greatest day is next Saturday and after a fresh coat of snow a few nights back, there’s a good chance some ponds will still be frozen. This could make the expected jockeying for spots that much more tricky this year, unless you can find a quiet corner to set up your tip-up’s and lawn… Continue reading opening day, brown trout on a stamp & a cool fishing app

alewives · fancy latin words · regulation speak · striped bass

on the verge of spring, an apology and very few fancy Latin words

  Spring has been a hard sell so far. The poet Robert Hunter gave us, “Well the first days are the hardest days” and man was he right.  Winter and now spring weather, among other factors, has caused construction of the Post Road dam fish ladder in Wakefield to be suspended. Snow melts and rains… Continue reading on the verge of spring, an apology and very few fancy Latin words

alewives · fancy latin words · regulation speak · striped bass

A RISAA symposium, scientists and how recreational fishermen are part of the equation

Reprinted from the Narragansett Times, Wednesday, April 1st. no, it’s not a joke… The Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association held their 2nd Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium with a goal to bring together scientists, environmentalists, regulatory agencies and recreational fishermen from several states to help identify needs and ways to encourage “An Abundant… Continue reading A RISAA symposium, scientists and how recreational fishermen are part of the equation