The Fish Wrap Writer Blog

Below you will find more than 350 articles covering fishing in Rhode Island and the greater New England area since 2014.

 And some truth-ish stories as well. I hope you will enjoy.

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Fall Is Trophy Time
Fall Is Trophy Time

Fall Is Trophy Time

Rhode Island’s chapter of Trout Unlimited and the South Kingstown Land Trust have organized a free Introductory Fly Fishing Clinic for Women on October 2. A few weeks later, the RI Saltwater Anglers Association is calling all surf fishing clubs to their annual...

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Cloudy skies over cloudy water
Cloudy skies over cloudy water

Cloudy skies over cloudy water

Clouds on the horizon and a few big ones in the mirror mean fishing can be fickle but a few aces know where they feed. Ralph Craft has a few spots open for his Tog Tourney and CRMC wants to send you some mail to keep aware of how they are, we hope, protecting our shorelines.

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Don’t Miss RI ‘Tog Classic
Don’t Miss RI ‘Tog Classic

Don’t Miss RI ‘Tog Classic

Do you like to party? Do you love fishing for tautog? Do you enjoy supporting local community charities? Do you dig food trucks, fishing, prizes, raffles, talking about fishing, live music, bragging about fishing or gesturing to show how big your blackfish was...

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River Rules While A Ruler Rules
River Rules While A Ruler Rules

River Rules While A Ruler Rules

The Beaver River in Richmond, Rhode Island has new state regulations to help protect native brook trout populations. No more hatchery raised trout will be allowed in the river system and hopefully native brookies will thrive, reminding anglers just how magical it can be to hike in deep for fish in shallow streams. Then we'll visit Randy Degrace to hear about his almost state record black sea bass.

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Big River Protects Brook Trout

Big River Protects Brook Trout

Rhode Island's Trout Unlimited chapter has partnered with RIDEM, EA Engineering and other environmental agencies to investigate the Big River Management Area to see if it's dark, shrouded reaches might support populations of wild, native brook trout, the state's only native charr. Biologist Corey Pelletier electrofishing small winding streams and rivers to discover and catalog life, because, in a world of questions, answers all begin with data.

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Phil Capaldi’s Fish Report
Phil Capaldi’s Fish Report

Phil Capaldi’s Fish Report

South County's Phil Capaldi knows the salt well so this week, he provides a new fish report so that I can go north to find smallmouth bass and lose my cell phone signal. Phil talks fluke and stripers with some solid advice on lures to catch them both. Go Phil!

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No Going Around the Block
No Going Around the Block

No Going Around the Block

These are good days to be on the water. We have boat loads of options, locations and friends looking to share gas bills to find stripers, bluefish and mighty tuna. You just might want to be careful where you dip your toes around Narragansett as white and thresher sharks are patrolling in close. Really close.

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Improving CRMC’s Public Awareness
Improving CRMC’s Public Awareness

Improving CRMC’s Public Awareness

When government doesn't engage the very people who might be impacted by their tax funded actions, there will be opposition and just maybe, anarchy. Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council has invited even more scrutiny by softballing aquaculture applications literally under people's noses, without ever letting them know of the impacts. That's pure bull and the curtain has been called.

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Block Island Fishing, Fresh & Salt
Block Island Fishing, Fresh & Salt

Block Island Fishing, Fresh & Salt

Block Island is hosting a saltwater fishing tournament while islanders are quietly catching and releasing some seriously big largemouth bass. There is plenty of strong fishing in and around the island if you have patience and know how to play by the rules.

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How To Find Stripers & Friends with OSKF
How To Find Stripers & Friends with OSKF

How To Find Stripers & Friends with OSKF

Randy Degrace lead the Ocean State Kayak Fishing group through thick fog to find stripers and new friends for their 2nd Anuual tournament. By the afternoon, it was a bluebird day with fish caught and released then generous prizes and raffles. OSKF made this a perfect day on The Bay and Jose Agustin Vinas-Vasquez's first day in a kayak was the star of the show.

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Capt. Sprengel Splash Walks Giant Stripers
Capt. Sprengel Splash Walks Giant Stripers

Capt. Sprengel Splash Walks Giant Stripers

Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters is finding and catching giant striped bass with the new Shimano Coltsniper Splash Walk top water lure. From the deck of his Everglades 325, he will put you on fish in Narragansett Bay or take you offshore for a dream tip. Fish Wrap has the whole story this week.

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Stripers Forever Seeks Moratorium
Stripers Forever Seeks Moratorium

Stripers Forever Seeks Moratorium

Stripers Forever has worked for years to protect the striped bass fishery and the species itself. Given revelations of population decline and overfishing, coupled with regulators reacting at a snails pace to real time observations, the conservation groups wants action now. Read more in-depth coverage in this week's Fish Wrap.

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Protecting Beaver River Brookies
Protecting Beaver River Brookies

Protecting Beaver River Brookies

Teaming up to protect Beaver River brook trout There is convincing evidence that Rhode Island Trout Unlimited President, Glenn Place, doesn’t sleep. He tirelessly manages his Tom’s Markets, generously shares recipes and dishes, prioritizes family time always,...

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Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures
Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures

Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures

Matt Thayer is carving, turning, painting “Yeah, I eat, sleep and breath fishing,” Matt Thayer said. That’s not unusual in our part of the world, where we enjoy easy access to fresh and salt waters but Matt’s equally immersed in the sport and business. He’s a...

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RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report
RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report

RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report

John Lake is more than happy to share numbers from last 2020's Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Program, in fact, he's really happy to do it. After John, we'll meet some Trout Unlimited volunteers who are, once again, cleaning up other people's trash.

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