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

The prodigal son returns to Ryan Valois

It’s hard to have a cell phone conversation when a fisherman on the other end won’t put down his surf rod. Then again, it’s harder to stand on some slippery rocks and cast for stripers while some annoying writer asks about a fish you caught. Considering a poor connection and background sounds, I asked Ryan … Continue reading The prodigal son returns to Ryan Valois

Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

House OKs Carson bill asking DEM to report on potential effects of Trump’s cuts to environmental funding How much can volunteers be expected to do to protect our environment? STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson asking the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to … Continue reading Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

Bay Scallop Season & the Bright Green Lawns Which Destroy It

Saturday last opened another sagging season steeped in stories of great harvests, piles of bushels of glistening shells and an aging promise of a paycheck by noon. While the fleet worked hard October bottom offshore, baymen rowed dories and sailed skiffs to drag dredges with rusty iron teeth meant for scanning sandy bottom teeming with … Continue reading Bay Scallop Season & the Bright Green Lawns Which Destroy It

Bonito? Bonita? Whichever, They’re Coming!

Deadly Dicks, deceivers, frustration, exuberance; these all share one thing in common: Atlantic bonito. Based on the fishing logs and water temperatures, these members of the mackerel family should be migrating here very soon so to be ready for the challenge, you’ll need the right rod, a few lures and if possible, a good friend with a … Continue reading Bonito? Bonita? Whichever, They’re Coming!

jim’s dock, some weighty math & spraying for milfoil

Jim’s Dock was busy all holiday weekend. There’s a solid crowd there of first shift local fishermen with extra-large coffee’s, buck tails, faded tattoos and lots of stories. The second shift shows around 10 a.m .and is more the tanning oil, swim noodle, surf rod and bathing-suit-that-fit-last-year crowd. When the tide is ripping, it’s a … Continue reading jim’s dock, some weighty math & spraying for milfoil

Captain Jerry Sparks Guides Us Through the Cinder Worms

  It’s one of the most exciting, challenging, rewarding and frustrating fishing events of our striper season: the cinder worm hatch. Salt ponds with dark mud bottoms and skinny water corners where strong tides drain edges will warm with longer days and if all conditions align, really turn on in a short window of stellar … Continue reading Captain Jerry Sparks Guides Us Through the Cinder Worms