Captain Rene Letourneau is the 2020 Orvis Saltwater Guide of the Year, finally

The Captain's story is long overdue for its subject but also for its timing. This Fish Wrap piece should have been posted a few weeks ago to celebrate this award from a local fishing guide but events of our crazy new world delayed our work. That said, cheers to Captain Rene Letourneau; you deserve this … Continue reading Captain Rene Letourneau is the 2020 Orvis Saltwater Guide of the Year, finally

That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

“The guy came so close, he hit me with his mirror and knocked me off of my balance.” Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man. “It looked like he was slowing down a little bit, then he just kept going.” He fishes from a kayak, boats he built and the shore when albies are charging … Continue reading That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

2010 was the first year of the Rhode Island Saltwater License Program, designed as an alternative to a federal license which became mandatory with a 2006 amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act. The amendment was written to begin more accurate capture of fisheries data like effort and landings. In a rare move, Rhode Island’s … Continue reading Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

Captain Rob Taylor has issues and that’s good for us

Rob Taylor has issues. As a charter boat captain and local striper fishing legend, he’s chosen a life path that’s knock down busy for months in a row followed by repairs, maintenance and planning for the next season of sports looking for big fish. So after back to back charters, which makes for a solid … Continue reading Captain Rob Taylor has issues and that’s good for us

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