Greg Vespe and Captain BJ Silvia stood in front of a packed Elks Lodge to talk tautog. As guest speakers for November’s RI Saltwater Anglers Association meeting, lots of antsy fishermen were eagerly awaiting their words of wisdom on how to find, catch and release black fish. First, the pair let the room know that the other would be doing all the talking. After an hour and dozens of photos and slides, they both had done most of the talking.
“Lucky to live here” read the first slide and how right they were.
They brought in a diverse and notable crowd. Don Smith and Peter Vican were there, ever unassuming, chatting and working the room. Dave Morton was there. If ever there was a time to get on his list, it would be right now. His Beavertail Rod and Reel company will restore, rebuild and recondition reels completely; you should get your gear to them sooner rather than later. We’re losing daylight by the day but soon enough it will be Spring and you’ll be lamenting that you never dropped them off last fall.
A newly engaged Peter “Jenks” Jenkins was there, bearing the smile of a man who knows he just did right. He also showed pictures of a ten pound bonito from a few days prior that he managed to coax out of Jamestown’s mackerel cove with a white Hogy.