These are uncharted waters on both sides of the border

Social distancing used to be what fishermen regularly practiced when they went fishing, often quite voluntarily. Now the term is repeated ad nauseam on virtually every broadcast and talk show, having morphed into a repetitive reminder that our inside and outside worlds have changed and may never be the same. It’s brought us one way … Continue reading These are uncharted waters on both sides of the border

A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

The salt pond was unusually crowded with boats this past weekend. Not enough to require a “Knock It Off!” visit but far busier than expected. The physical and emotional lockdown we’re experiencing requires us to still have some outlet like hiking or fishing or even just shopping for something more fun than toilet paper. Dr. … Continue reading A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

There’s a new tax in town and we’re not going to stand for it

Governor Raimondo and her staff have inserted tax language into the 2020/2021 state budget which financially targets sporting ranges, guides and outfitters. It is, at best, a poorly veneered attempt to use taxes as a weapon to disrupt people’s legal and constitutionally protected hobbies and passions because the current administration and governor does not like … Continue reading There’s a new tax in town and we’re not going to stand for it

RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is proposing to incrementally increase fishing and hunting licenses and tag fees over the next eight years. These increases are listed in Article 7 as part of House Bill 7171, Relating to the Environment. Before anyone gets off the couch and onto the soapbox to preach about how expensive … Continue reading RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

There’s a tackle store waiting to meet you

Since this coronavirus deal has forced the cancellation of so many much anticipated fishing shows and events, now's the time to reintroduce ourselves to local tackle shops. Many took big inventory risks anticipating big weekends and sales and we still need to gear up for a big fishing season. Before you reach for the laptop … Continue reading There’s a tackle store waiting to meet you

Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

It was heartening to see 80 people on a rainy February night at URI’s Corless Auditorium offering comments on the state’s proposed 2020 fisheries regulations but equally disappointing to hear so many fishermen advocate for killing smaller striped bass and more bluefish in light of our understanding that both stocks are overfished and in peril. … Continue reading Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

All fish are equal but some conservation equivalency is more equal than others

In preparation for a return of striped bass and regulations to protect them, RIDEM held a pre-hearing workshop to discuss potential changes. In an era of social media fueled easy complaining, these workshops are a direct action of the state listening to people say they can’t attend the formal hearing, are microphone shy or just … Continue reading All fish are equal but some conservation equivalency is more equal than others

Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

Despite a lack of hard water, it really is ice fishing season. RIDEM recommends at least six inches of ice before we drag out coolers, chairs and grills while Connecticut calls for just four inches. For safety’s sake, it’s our job to check for thickness all the way out to base camp. Fishing on the … Continue reading Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

How to catch tautog for a lifetime with Greg Vespe and Capt. Silvia

Greg Vespe and Captain BJ Silvia stood in front of a packed Elks Lodge to talk tautog. As guest speakers for November’s RI Saltwater Anglers Association meeting, lots of antsy fishermen were eagerly awaiting their words of wisdom on how to find, catch and release black fish. First, the pair let the room know that … Continue reading How to catch tautog for a lifetime with Greg Vespe and Capt. Silvia