With waters warming, fishing improves each day on salt and fresh waters. This week, we celebrate a nation that was always great and a few anglers who hit it big, catching and releasing.
Celebrating at URI's Mosby House, I learned the joy of being with women who choose to lead on the day our courts erased their right to choose. Some days it feels like our country is burning but some other days, we are blessed by the company of people who simply amaze us.
The American Saltwater Guides Association took the regulatory tiger by the tail to protect striped bass. According to Peter Jenkins, they're just getting started because they know, fish are worth more in the water than in a cooler.
The RI Coastal Advocacy Coalition has delivered a letter to CRMC looking for regulatory change in the way it considers approving and siting shellfish businesses in public trust waters. With summer a wrap, Todd Treonze has been awarded the OSKAA Angler of the Year. Dennis Zambrotta has some sage advice for surfcasting Block Island and RISAA's Greg Vespe pulled a bomber bonito out of chilly November waters.
Greg Vespe, experienced fisherman, talented boat handler, patient teacher and solid human, will lead the RI Saltwater Anglers Association as its new President. His skills on the water and background participating in the fisheries management process make Mr. Vespe the perfect choice to represent some 7500 members and affiliated groups.
Frank Daignault has published eight books and hundreds of articles about saltwater fishing. But all of his achievements were earned in the company of his wife Joyce. Together they raised a family while fishing and hunting for sport and food. It was an honor to speak with them and learn more of thier story.