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

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.

How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

The tautog bite is crazy good. Trout have been stocked statewide. A few stubborn bluefish are patrolling beaches. Bait fish are holding tight. Rivers and salt ponds are filling with stripers uninterested in a long swim south. It’s a treat fishing for bass chasing peanut bunker on a cold winter day while birds circle in a … Continue reading How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

Warm water means fishing is getting hotter

Summer is full on, waters are warm, September is here, fishing is hot and there are plenty of spots with lots of fish to keep you cool under the collar. NOAA has determined that July was the hottest month ever recorded. According to their scientists, “The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F … Continue reading Warm water means fishing is getting hotter

He was the son of a fisherman

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield was ten, strong, a little wild and blessed with an old man’s soul. He was dealt a tough card. He proved wisdom doesn’t always come with age. He was the son of a fisherman. When he became sick, a large community of fishermen came to his side. “Gabe’s Got This!” they yelled … Continue reading He was the son of a fisherman

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

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

Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five

This just in. The Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association has placed administrator Brian Hall on injured reserve. Brian’s a pretty tough guy, a veteran and firefighter, kayak fisherman, freestyle eel wrestler and house party comedian. The last part is a work in progress.  I suspect his wife is tougher since she has to put up … Continue reading Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five

Large then larger bass and a salt pond’s reflection of time

Just now, we take a look back at a piece written for the Southern RI Newspaper family which, due to reasons real and uninteresting, was lost for a while. Time passes quickly in this digital age but I say taking a few minutes to read about good friends catching fish or even passing away helps … Continue reading Large then larger bass and a salt pond’s reflection of time

Resilience will save some fishermen just as the Fish Whisperer passes

This week we see the power of resilience as local commercial fishermen draw on their strengths to prepare for a solid future, then say goodbye to the Fish Whisperer whose passing came far too soon. Rodman Sykes stirred his giant pot of clam chowder as local fishermen mingled with industry partners and state regulators inside … Continue reading Resilience will save some fishermen just as the Fish Whisperer passes