A year full of characters, present and past tense

It’s a real blessing to have a job like this because everyone has a fish story, whether they caught one, knew someone who did or never could catch one but wish they could. Each year it’s pure fun to reflect on some of the characters we met. With a tip of the hat to everyone … Continue reading A year full of characters, present and past tense

Hoping for more big bass, fresh and salt

September is such a sportsman’s month. Fish are in big time, goose and deer season opens and the Fall archery season for turkey begins. Waters are warm; around 66 off the beaches and as high as 72 in southern salt ponds. Days are warm, nights are cool. Provided Mother Nature steers any impending tropical systems … Continue reading Hoping for more big bass, fresh and salt

The new Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al’s Goldfish may change the way you fish the ocean

So after many months of conversations, deliberations and necessary changes, we are very pleased to announce the release of the Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al's Goldfish Saltwater Series Lure. Jeff and Mandy Debuigne assumed the controls of this iconic lure company a few years ago and have been laser focused on helping people recognize how … Continue reading The new Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al’s Goldfish may change the way you fish the ocean

Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

Summer is a gift to fishermen and this year is no exception. Certainly it’s been a solidly slower striper year but there’s lots of speculations for that situation. Bass are moving south with the tourists to Brenton Reef, Beavertail and all those lovely south facing beaches where they charge locals to park, which is awful … Continue reading Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

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

There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

As a bluebird Saturday drew fishermen out to tear off shrink wrap or frantically start organizing gear they should have combed through while it was snowing, the Kayak Centre in Wickford was packed. Randy DeGrace, Ian Clark and Jimmy Chappel of the 1000 member Facebook group Ocean State Kayak Fishing, gave presentations rich with advice for … Continue reading There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

Fishermen playing Whack-A-Mole, Alberto Knie’s wisdom & another Block Island soul passed on too soon

There’s a lot happening on a frigid February day so in the words of my friend Dan Ferguson, “Let’s get to it!” George Pomerovo brought his Seminar Series to Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall and he packed in more than 200 eager fishermen and women. There was a lot to be learned from a full … Continue reading Fishermen playing Whack-A-Mole, Alberto Knie’s wisdom & another Block Island soul passed on too soon

Six dates to get you through winter

The Fly Fishing Film Tour This is an annual celebration of life on the water. The editors compile film from all over the globe then travel the globe showing fishing-starved people like us just how beautiful fly fishing can be. The only Rhode Island showing is on March 1 at the Agawam Hunt Club in … Continue reading Six dates to get you through winter

2018 goes out with a splash

This week we turn the boat around for a second look at some characters and their greatest hits from 2018. What fun. One of the founders of RI Kayak Bassin’, RJ Alves is a force, to say the least. And it’s all positive. His highlight was the, “First RIKB tourney: saved a tipped angler, broke … Continue reading 2018 goes out with a splash

OMG, we’re Fish Wrapping up 2018

This week we’re turning the ship around to face a few of you, to hear what made 2018 special or maybe fantastic. Some folks landed the trout they dreamed of, some couldn’t get their math straight, some were just happy to get out and fish with their friends. In no particular order, here’s a few … Continue reading OMG, we’re Fish Wrapping up 2018