Bob Buscher has done it. With just a few weeks before we start new fishing calendars, he finished his journey. South County Rhode Island’s favorite fisherman and media star has at last caught and released one thousand pounds of largemouth bass this year.
What a journey it was.
We started covering Bob back when the idea of catching and releasing a thousand pounds was in its infancy. Snow still covered the ground when we noted that, “Winter fishing is more fun with a friend like Bob who understands where fish hunt in cold water, how to choose the right bait and how to stay safe catching them.” That brief encounter opened the door to a year long odyssey following Bob around the state to reach his goal and all of it was amazing.
“On a good year, Bob fishes about four days a week; some years he’s out there two hundred days,” we wrote back in the Spring. His first interview helped readers understand how a New York transplant and URI student realized this state, if you looked past the usual political foolishness, could be amazing for sportsmen and women. Growing up in New York he, “learned how to fish by drifting an earthworm down the stream with small hooks and a light drift.” A simple start to a lifetime on the water. Later, his parents bought a place upstate, near a creek that fed the Esopus River, famed for its cold pools and fly fishing. “I came to Rhode Island and the streams were like swamps, there was no edge, they just flowed through the woods.” He adapted, settled down and started catching fish. He kept records all the while. In late Spring we noted that, “Bob hasn’t missed a cold water beat, bringing aboard the largemouth in quick succession. His mastery is not just persistence but understanding what fish are targeting. He’s another ace we’ll certainly hear more from in the very near future.”
Through the four seasons we’ve chronicled him as he paddled his leaky canoe or motored his sweet Tracker through the best and often hidden ponds and lakes. A month or so later he was back on the front page: “On the freshwater side, South County’s Bob Buscher has already caught and released more than four hundred pounds of largemouth bass this year. That’s amazing. He’s an ace when bass are hard to find, on their beds or moving around late summer ponds searching for cool waters and regular meals.”
Here’s some of Bob’s recent radio coverage:
From KOOL 104.3 FM
From WPRO 103.7 FM