R.I.P. Randy Julius. You made the NEOWA undeniably amazing

None more dedicated, none more focused, none more passionate about the power of words and the organization who celebrated them. The Captain who kept our ship right, Randy Julius has left us. I am a better man and writer for having known him and his loving wife Mary.

The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

All part of the deal, the blindfold is on The blindfold was tight but part of the deal. That old green bandanna smelled of unpleasant sweat and salt but sacrifices are necessary when you want an inside line from the best fishermen. Bouncing through some southerly chop, the Simpson brothers were entrusting me to visit … Continue reading The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

For those of you scoring at home, here's that update on the Stars and Stripers and Project Healing Water Fly Fishing event on Narragansett Bay and a quick note about a group of friends looking for fish all night long. It had been a tough few weeks on the Bay. Fish were around, then they … Continue reading Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

Joe Tex was indeed The Man

Joseph W. Tiexiera has passed. It's a two sided function of my age: people I know are passing away with an uncomfortable regularity that is only partially balanced by a rekindling of the memories I have from being with them. This past week, Joe Tex departed peacefully at age 84 after a life well lived … Continue reading Joe Tex was indeed The Man

Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

On February 21, my good friend Peter Jenkins at The Saltwater Edge hosted another excellent Surf Night. Peter brought in Dave Anderson and Gerry Audet to walk us through finding fish on a make-believe spot they’re calling Mystery Island. The deal was, based on all kinds of parameters which easily will transfer to your favorite … Continue reading Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

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

Poaching needs a judge who respects fish & fishermen

Poaching is back and apparently, as popular as ever. The recent arrest of a local businessman for being more than twice the normal average of greedy is, sadly, yet another reminder of man’s weakness when it comes to taking, which in this case, is the same as stealing. This was his third offence. Social media … Continue reading Poaching needs a judge who respects fish & fishermen

Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

This week we’re all about pats on the back, hands behind the back and fishing some sweet backwaters. Congratulations first off to Tom Adams of the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association who earned first place in the Why Knot Albie Shootout. Fishing was tough as a railroad spike apparently but Tom kept at it and … Continue reading Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

With some help from all of us, Gabe’s got this

We’ve got a boat to build. Fishing surely is a top priority right now because this is our high season but it’s also the right time to meet ten year old Gabe Littlefield. Gabe’s a cool kid with a cool Dad who takes his kids and lots of people fishing. Gabe has developed a health … Continue reading With some help from all of us, Gabe’s got this

Kayak fishermen help pay off a personal debt to The Jimmy Fund

It takes a lot of work to keep things simple. It was barely 3 a.m. when Ryan Dubay pulled into the deeply rutted West Island Town Beach parking lot in Fairhaven, Ma. His headlights turned the heads of a dozen guys already milling around their trucks or lightly dozing inside cabs. Bed lights lights sliced […]