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.

2020 Fishing SeasonFishing ClubsFresh Water Fishing
A Good News Report of a saved river, big shore fishing and how to fish for Canal stripers
A Good News Report of a saved river, big shore fishing and how to fish for Canal stripers

A Good News Report of a saved river, big shore fishing and how to fish for Canal stripers

This week's Fish Wrap is all about good news - We need More of that! I check in with local Rhode Island Fishermen on what's still biting in December, I reconnect with the slowly being saved Third Herring Brook, and finally a reminder from East End Eddie about why being a member of RISAA has so many perks. Besides the buffet style meals.

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2020 Fishing SeasonRhode Island FishermenSalt Water Fishing
Secret lures, late season squid, then fair winds for Carl Whitney and Captain Charlie Niles
Secret lures, late season squid, then fair winds for Carl Whitney and Captain Charlie Niles

Secret lures, late season squid, then fair winds for Carl Whitney and Captain Charlie Niles

Oh what a week it was. Big national news, big warm weather, big rains and still, thankfully, more fish. November has been an easy weather month, so far, which we may pay for later on but for now, let’s talk black sea bass, stubborn bluefish, togs, squid while we...

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Recreation Public AccessRhode Island WaterwaysSalt Water Fishing
Public hearing for Perry Raso’s Potter Pond application finally scheduled
Public hearing for Perry Raso’s Potter Pond application finally scheduled

Public hearing for Perry Raso’s Potter Pond application finally scheduled

There are fish to be caught in Segar Cove for sure If you’re concerned about public access, which does not simply mean a pathway from land to water, then you need to be aware that Perry Raso’s application to take another three acres out of recreational use in South...

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Fishing ClubsRhode Island Fishermen
Narragansett Surfcasters have Nelson Valles to thank for a mission of honor and community service
Narragansett Surfcasters have Nelson Valles to thank for a mission of honor and community service

Narragansett Surfcasters have Nelson Valles to thank for a mission of honor and community service

Fishing contests don’t make front page news in an age of scandals, accusations and reverse fake news. “Where you gonna run to when the world’s on fire?” asked Woodie Guthrie in his prophetic song, “Sowing on The Mountain.” While a country in turmoil reposes in...

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2020 Fishing SeasonFishery Policy & RulesSalt Water Fishing
Chief Hoxie speaks to RISAA and you should be there, especially you poachers
Chief Hoxie speaks to RISAA and you should be there, especially you poachers

Chief Hoxie speaks to RISAA and you should be there, especially you poachers

This month, as we start to say goodbye to green leaves, albies, most of the big striped bass, (don’t forget about the Pt. Judith lighthouse…) fluke, tautog, and just about every other fun saltwater fish, we welcome in bird and deer hunting, blaze orange vests and a...

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2020 Fishing SeasonFresh Water FishingRhode Island Trout Fishing
Low trout waters means it’s time to fish the beach not the banks
Low trout waters means it’s time to fish the beach not the banks

Low trout waters means it’s time to fish the beach not the banks

This post originally appeared in the Southern RI Newspapers two weeks ago. As is known to happen, we fell a bit behind here and should have posted this sooner. Air and water are cooler now but the pressure is definitely not off the fish. So it's still pretty...

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Recreation Public AccessRhode Island WaterwaysWild and Scenic Rivers
Reconnecting with waters flowing through so much South County history
Reconnecting with waters flowing through so much South County history

Reconnecting with waters flowing through so much South County history

Kassi Archambault held up a clipboard, the international symbol of getting chatty people to pay attention, and called fifteen eager people in life jackets and orange floppy vest to assemble by a river. Gracious as always, her first words were, “Thank you.” Kassi...

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Kayak FishingRecreation Public AccessWild and Scenic Rivers
Time to stop idling and start paddling our Wild and Scenic Rivers
Time to stop idling and start paddling our Wild and Scenic Rivers

Time to stop idling and start paddling our Wild and Scenic Rivers

Sitting, idling, cursing perhaps, many of us have sat there impatiently, waiting for one car to turn right to Sosnowski’s farm stand and another to cross left for a cup of TLC coffee. Countless URI students zip daily over a small bridge at South Kingstown's Taylor...

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2020 Fishing SeasonBlack Sea Bass FishingFluke FishingRecreation Public AccessStriped Bass Fishing
Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive
Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

After a tepid start, the summer flounder season has warmed but it sure does not look like a banner year. “The fluke have been a challenge. I have been getting some but it’s been work,” said East Bay fisherman Greg Vespe. Water temps have largely peaked and bait is...

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2020 Fishing SeasonFishing and Hunting SafetyKayak FishingStriped Bass Fishing
Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy
Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

Anyone who was in Boy Scouts before that deal imploded or had parents drag them around the country in an old summer vacation van should know how to use a compass. Understanding direction is key to navigating, especially in zero visibility. Most of us have a compass...

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2020 Fishing SeasonLargemouth Bass FishingStriped Bass FishingYouth Fishing
Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better
Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

Over the last few years, it seems like the better saltwater fishing has edged its way into July when historically we might have switched to some largemouth chasing or just caught up on some sleep after a busy salty Spring. This week, striped bass are feeding hard...

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American Saltwater Guides AssociationFishing ClubsFly TyingStriped Bass Fishing
Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers
Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

RIDEM does it. Town Council’s do it. School Committees do it. Wine clubs, I mean book clubs, do it. Now the RI Saltwater Anglers Association is doing it. Replacing regular monthly Elks Lodge meetings famous for helpful speakers and plates of sausage and peppers...

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