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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

block island · fresh water fishing · ice fishing · kayak · plain old sarcasm · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · Uncategorized

Stocking Fish, Burning Spots & Why Maine is So Awesome

A few weeks ago, RIDEM placed 2,000 brook trout into four regularly stocked ponds: Barber, Silver Spring, Meadowbrook and Wyoming. Depending on who you ask, stocking hatchery fish is contentious, necessary, a nuisance to local wild fish populations, tax funded fishermen assistance or a wicked good reason to huddle over a frozen February pond. At… Continue reading Stocking Fish, Burning Spots & Why Maine is So Awesome

block island · fluke · ice fishing · kayak · tackle store

Codfish, Head Boats & Maybe a Meeting or Two. That’s So Winter…

It’s cold. It’s windy.  It must be time to go cod fishing. Block Island has long been a key place to start drifting given areas of hard bottom for tasty codfish. Like many New England fishing communities, the island had a history of reliance on the mighty Gadus. From rowed dories to simple gas powered… Continue reading Codfish, Head Boats & Maybe a Meeting or Two. That’s So Winter…

block island · fresh water fishing · ice fishing · kayak · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · tackle store

From the Point St. Bridge to Middlebridge, We Find Fish

More catch up this week. The onset of cold weather has slowed the fishing and my knack for uploading columns in a timely fashion. Then again, it’s always fun to look back… Thanksgiving, come and gone, has left a bit of void on the beaches. The big charge over the last few weeks has been… Continue reading From the Point St. Bridge to Middlebridge, We Find Fish

ice fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor · waxing philosophic

the bears den, scahbro beach & camaros. i swear this is still a fishing column

this column was first published in the RI Central newspapers a few weeks ago…apologies for the delay Well, we finally got ourselves some winter and hopefully our next installment will include reports of good people catching fish through the ice. Patience now, no one likes being on thin ice; too much can go wrong. Meanwhile,… Continue reading the bears den, scahbro beach & camaros. i swear this is still a fishing column

brook trout · ice fishing · regulation speak · sarcasm with a chance of humor · tackle store

amassing rods, foot fetishes, building rods & abe vigoda. huh.

Fishing rods, and my collection of them, are quizzical things, very much like my wife’s shoes and respective stockpile. Equally we require certain general design specifics, rarely in similar price ranges, although we do not share technical or fashion related needs. She and I can both justify our separate acquisitions, through purchase or passage, but… Continue reading amassing rods, foot fetishes, building rods & abe vigoda. huh.

alewives · black sea bass · block island · brook trout · dams · fancy latin words · fluke · fresh water fishing · ice fishing · kayak · regulation speak · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · tackle store · waxing philosophic

another year down the river…so long 2015!

a solid #fishwrap year in review in words & pictures

ice fishing · striped bass · tackle store · waxing philosophic

howard reed has had enough and that’s a damned shame

A new Penn Spinfisher V spinning reel lists for about $180 at a tackle store but Amazon will send you one for $130, no tax, free shipping. You’d be a fool to pass up that offer, right? “Are you going to get Amazon to spool that for you?” asked Howard Reed at Galilee Bait and… Continue reading howard reed has had enough and that’s a damned shame

fresh water fishing · ice fishing · regulation speak · striped bass

so cold but there’s plenty of time to warm up at a meeting

A thousand clear acres of wind have been tearing though the seams and zippers of ice fisherman on South Kingstown’s Worden Pond. Huddled atop fast freezing holes, cold, still, heads down, parkas stuffed with fleece until they look like sausages, they have braved that wicked wind for weeks now. But an inside line says the… Continue reading so cold but there’s plenty of time to warm up at a meeting

fresh water fishing · ice fishing

feng shui for bait, on worden pond, the sweet sound of guns

Keeping shiners in the bathtub can put a quiet but significant strain on a relationship. While logical for the average New England ice fisherman, some significant others apparently find such live storage to be unusual, unnecessary and kind of gross. The bucket which holds them is a wonderful example of recycling, the life-sustaining bubbler is… Continue reading feng shui for bait, on worden pond, the sweet sound of guns