Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?

Seems the HOV lane is open to the Cape Cod Canal. Last winter, Peter Vican and Don Smith gave a talk to the RI Saltwater Anglers Association about how they used to catch big stripers south of Block Island. They fished a few honey holes, mostly at night and with eels on the bottom. The … Continue reading Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?

Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

For those of you scoring at home, here's that update on the Stars and Stripers and Project Healing Water Fly Fishing event on Narragansett Bay and a quick note about a group of friends looking for fish all night long. It had been a tough few weeks on the Bay. Fish were around, then they … Continue reading Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

He was the son of a fisherman

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield was ten, strong, a little wild and blessed with an old man’s soul. He was dealt a tough card. He proved wisdom doesn’t always come with age. He was the son of a fisherman. When he became sick, a large community of fishermen came to his side. “Gabe’s Got This!” they yelled … Continue reading He was the son of a fisherman

How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

Dan Ward

Project Healing Waters and Stars and Stripers teamed up for a second year to give veterans a day fishing on Narragansett Bay. Blessed with a perfect Saturday, the non-profit group of passionate volunteers matched a few dozen vets with local captains to find blues, bass or anything they could catch on a fly rod. Vets … Continue reading How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

What if the State held a meeting about the future of our outdoor recreation and no one went? How would we know how our parks, beaches, woods and trails were being managed, purchased or changed? Public participation in public policy is tricky since couches are more comfortable than podiums and screaming at the nightly news … Continue reading SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

Neresis limbata is wiggling its way through my patience

Neresis limbata

I hate cinder worms. They’re a fickle menace. They’re slimy, fleshy, wiggly segmented polychaetes who spend most of their lives working the mudflats of salt ponds and estuaries. Mother’s Day seems to be an annual coming out party as they leave the dark muck for late sunny afternoon swims to the surface under clear, calm … Continue reading Neresis limbata is wiggling its way through my patience

Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot

Big Bear Hunting & Firearms

Fire can destroy everything as it tears through roofs, walls and hearts. What fire doesn’t always do is destroy the human spirit and the shared passions to rebuild. When Big Bear Hunting and Firearms in Harmony burned in January of 2018, the building was left in tough shape and save for some firearms and ammunition, … Continue reading Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot

We walked The Capital for fish, conservationists and for generations of abundance

The Ocean Conservancy invited a flotilla of fishermen from all over the country to Washington D.C. to discuss long range protection of fish stocks and the path to abundance. Our mission was to meet with our congressional representatives to ensure a strong Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Forage fishes, bluefish and striped bass remain … Continue reading We walked The Capital for fish, conservationists and for generations of abundance

It was raining fish on opening day and Peter Jenkins is building fish abundance

Spring’s greatest day, the opening of trout season in Rhode Island was a soggy success. Steady rains came early and often, winds pushed everyone around and skies were zebra striped with sheets of clouds racing south to north. Two days later, under far more obliging skies, a newly organized group of saltwater fishing guides hosted … Continue reading It was raining fish on opening day and Peter Jenkins is building fish abundance

Four fishermen meeting by a river learn how much they have in common

Four wise men assess the Wood River. The river will only benefit from this long overdue collaboration Water is the great elixir. It relieves stress, quenches thirsts, helps us discern answers, heals wounds of frustration, time and anger and always rolls along whether we hear it or not. Water calls people. We wade into it … Continue reading Four fishermen meeting by a river learn how much they have in common