The Fish Wrap Writer Blog
For more than 20 years, we have been learning from and writing about outdoorsmen and women who fish, hunt, hike, pause, and sometimes just look around. Fish Wrap has been published over 480 times. Here you will find articles, interviews, reports, laughs, a few stretched truths (that’s true), and an unfortunate number of obituaries from good folks we have lost.
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Bluefish, Terrapins, Turbines, Trouble
Bluefish, Terrapins, Turbines, Trouble means this week we learn how to spy turtles, understand bluefish and get a grip on acres of windfarms. We cover a lot of ground and water in Fish Wrap. Please subscribe so you don't miss a beat.
Author Steven Hawley’s “Cracked”
Steven Hawley's "Cracked The Future of Dams In A Hot, Chaotic World" chronicles our dam building history and how it's time to free our rivers. Every page is a gift if you care about wild waters, trickling tributaries or appreciating nature left in peace.
Big Trash, Smaller Slots
Big Trash, Smaller Slots means we spent hours picking up people's trash while the ASGA kicked striper regs in the pants to ensure abundance. Read all about how Trout Unlimited kindles the fire of conservation while anglers forced the ASMFC hand to take a major leap forward. That's a major Fish Wrap week. Sign up for our newsletter and never miss a word of fish coverage.
Rosie and Dominic Lead Us All
Rosie and Dominic lead us down beaches, into kayaks and across fly tying tables. This week we celebrate young anglers and all they offer us. Somedays it feels like the world is burning so, let us introduce you to two remarkable young people who catch, laugh and share. We could all use a shot of their joy.
Spring Banquets and Tournaments
From RI's Trout Unlimited chapter to the Narragansett Surfcasters to Ocean State Kayak Bassin', this week we hit them all with Spring banquets and tournaments to start off a new season in high style. And, we get to say thank you to some deserving good people.
April is For Herring, Pike and Volunteers
April calls river herring, northern pike and volunteers to shallow waters. Gather by a herring run to see the miracle of migration then pack lots of shiny spoons for big Spring pike action as they head in to spawn and attack anything approaching their young. Oh there's lots of action this month in skinny waters.
Spring’s Rivers and Riders
Rivers mean everything to us so this week, we celebrate Spring's rivers and riders. There's a Trout Unlimited banquet, a new kayak lift on the Saugatucket River and sadly, we say goodbye to one of the best, Matt Wunsch. Matt was a fisherman, writer, family man, friend and all around good shit.
2023 Spring Gear Guide
The Fish Wrap spring gear guide is here with awesome products you don't want to miss and deals just for you. Click to read the guide today.
Women’s Herstory Month
Women's Herstory Month is the right time to celebrate, praise and thank some of the amazing women who help shape our waters and worlds. We have hardly the space to thank them all but these women deserve some time in the Fish Wrap spotlight.
Go Local for Spring Stripers
This month, we all lean a little west, looking for dark grey fins, small swirls, or flocks of black-tipped gulls tipping us off to striped bass movements east and north. Locals have their favorite spots so why not use their favorite lures? This month, go local for spring stripers with advice from the best local sources.
Washington Crocus and Conservation Conversations
Conversations and crocus were blooming in Washington with The Ocean Conservancy Captain Dave Monti looked out his cab window at daffodils and crocus in full bloom alongside fresh cherry blossoms. Washington DC weather was a full month ahead of Rhode Island for sure...
Turkey and Regulation Seasons
Spring means new boating and turkey hunting regulations and we have them here for you. Better to be safe on water and in the woods than...RIDEM has a slate of new and logical rules for boaters and the Light Foundation is back with more opportunities for young hunters. It's all here in Fish Wrap.
Bruins’ Teddy Bear Toss
Toss A Teddy Bear for Hasbro Children's Hospital Ralph Craft is up to more good. Ralph is inviting everyone to a Providence Bruins hockey game for the first-ever Teddy Bear Toss on March 19. With the P-Bruins staff and the Three Angels Fund, the goal is simple and...
New England Saltwater Fishing Show Is Back
The biggest fishing show all year, the 2023 NE Saltwater Fishing Show has giant space packed with vendors, friends and companies you need to meet. It's all here in Fish Wrap and we're here to help you find the biggest, smallest, coolest and best fishing, boating and tackle companies in the country.
2023/24 RI Fish Regulations
A recent RIDEM workshop revealed their proposed 2023 saltwater fishing regulations for several species. We have them here for you so you can make comments during the open comment period.
Peter Jenkins & Dennis Zambrotta Talk Block Island Striped Bass, Conservation
“Conservation equivalency sucks,” was Peter jenkins' opener, which certainly seized the crowd’s attention at the monthly Narragansett Surfcasters meeting. Surfcasting author Dennis Zambrotta followed with stories of fishing Block Island for big bass from decades past and this past Fall.
Potter Pond Shell Game
CRMC's Potter Pond shell game of last minute Hail Mary's ignores the will of so many opponents of losing more open water to private business. We have been telling this tale for almost six years and we're all just as frustrated as when this was proposed without notice to anyone on the pond.
Custom Rods & Big Dreams
It takes smarts and a real passion to run a tackle store and Rhode Island's young Rosie Clifton has it all, from custom rods to big dreams.
The Brewer Brothers Part II
This week, the Brewer Brothers are in the grips of a sudden gale and will need all their skills and teachings to get home alive as they face hard seas and tough decisions on the salt pond. Part I of the story was issued last week. The full story is also available for download. Link inside.
The Brewer Brothers Part I
The Brewer Brothers Part I is the first of two excerpts from my new short story. All the makings of an epic adventure force two young brothers to think and act like men to survive a battle against Nature. The whole story will be available as a download as well and as always, thanks for reading.