Six Reasons Why Deer Hunting on Block Island is Not So Easy

Block Island’s empty roads and fields full of deer attracts a few hunters each year. Everyone says it’s so easy to get your deer over there but the “off season,” so called, which isn’t actually a thing anymore, can be tough because the place is a mad house of distractions. Winter is the island’s social … Continue reading Six Reasons Why Deer Hunting on Block Island is Not So Easy

Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

Despite a lack of hard water, it really is ice fishing season. RIDEM recommends at least six inches of ice before we drag out coolers, chairs and grills while Connecticut calls for just four inches. For safety’s sake, it’s our job to check for thickness all the way out to base camp. Fishing on the … Continue reading Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

New winds bring albies, bonito and chub mackerel

And just like that, leaves are falling. Barely September and that north wind is blowing back in windows for months hidden by shades and drying out dark garage corners where snow shovels lie forgotten. For now. That north wind has brought in bonito and bonita and pretty chub mackerel. Stripers are considering migrating, poachers are … Continue reading New winds bring albies, bonito and chub mackerel

Tim Terranova finds big bass on the Bonita II

  Tim Terranova. Tim Terranova. That name should be in your mental Rolodex. Captain Tim Terranova runs the Bonita II, a 36’ Hatteras charter boat out of Watch Hill. He has the only commercial charter boat slip there, thanks to good fortune and a moment of his own charity. His pretty boat sits in fine … Continue reading Tim Terranova finds big bass on the Bonita II

A cast of characters keeps finding more fish

It’s always a cast of characters who make Fish Wrap work and this week is no exception. Salt and freshwater fishing has been pretty good these last few weeks and while striper season started off a little shaky, there’s pogies in the Bay with some decent sized bass chasing them while south of the bridges, … Continue reading A cast of characters keeps finding more fish

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

The Saltwater Fishing Show: rods, jerky and white camo pants before Memorial Day

The R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association hosted their most successful Saltwater Fishing Show ever. They broke attendance records all three days. There were fishermen and women queued up an hour before doors opened. They hosted dozens of speakers, seminars and television stars. They made sure Narragansett Brewing Company handed out free samples to keep the masses … Continue reading The Saltwater Fishing Show: rods, jerky and white camo pants before Memorial Day

One last shot of ice for the year

Southern ponds had largely thawed. Only Maine and points north still had solid ponds. Spring be damned, we needed one more day on the ice, so we got the band back together, sort of. We assembled nine die-hards: three sharpies from Connecticut, the two owners of Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, the Maine Fishing TV crew … Continue reading One last shot of ice for the year

The ritual of a new year’s warm water baptism

It’s a cold weather, warm water baptism. Cleaning rods and reels, replacing hooks and snaps, swivels and rings is a ritual indeed but there’s more to it than trebles and pliers. Cleaning takes time, something some have more of when it’s cold. It takes patience to dig through that plastic, untangle those hooks, pull out … Continue reading The ritual of a new year’s warm water baptism

Volunteering is fine, a saddlebag full of bluegills is confusing

This week we deal with the recent past, the near future and the oddly confusing. TU volunteers giving up a Saturday to clean a road to preserve a river Members of Trout Unlimited’s Narragansett 225 chapter donated a recent Saturday to the State’s Adopt-A-Roadway program. TU members don’t just meet up to go fishing, they … Continue reading Volunteering is fine, a saddlebag full of bluegills is confusing