Fishing For Salt Ponds and Public Access

This season, before the ice takes over, salt ponds are where it’s at. Salt ponds are teeming with ducks, geese, stripers and bait fish. Roads have cleared, parking has eased, boat ramps are open and there’s plenty of big pond-side windows with their shades drawn down ‘til Spring. An impending few months of relentless northwest winds … Continue reading Fishing For Salt Ponds and Public Access

Swim Shads, Seabass, Shotguns and Skateboards. Man, Rhode Island has it all this week!

This week we get caught up with a Narragansett Times piece from a few weeks back. Sorry, it's the whole busy holiday season thing... With seawater temperatures holding tight in the low to mid-fifties under falling air temps, fall has opened the door to excellent fishing and hunting. Striped bass continue to be caught from Newport … Continue reading Swim Shads, Seabass, Shotguns and Skateboards. Man, Rhode Island has it all this week!

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

Public Lands Must Always Be Public

We the people have 650 million acres of federally managed public lands in this country waiting for us to discover or rediscover. We possess endless potential to catch fish alongside hundreds of thousands of acres to hunt, camp, rest, recharge, be silent for a vista or for a bear rumbling up a river. Public lands … Continue reading Public Lands Must Always Be Public

You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

Always an outdoors column on the move, this week we go electroshocking catfish in Attleboro, Ma., find out how much you can learn by looking into a five gallon bucket and enjoy a quick discussion on Napoleon's wallpaper. Seriously. It’s difficult to connect an ankle deep river winding past a graveyard and an elementary school … Continue reading You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

On Patrol with RIDEM Law Enforcement

RI Department of Environmental Management Environmental Police Officer Mike Schipritt was again gracious enough to allow us to shadow a patrol, as we did last summer. For this patrol, we joined Marine Unit officers Jeff Mercer and Kevin Snow at their Wickford station, leaving in a spotless 27’ Vigilant with twin 250 horsepower Verado outboards. … Continue reading On Patrol with RIDEM Law Enforcement

Talking Turkeys This Week with Wayne Barber & Saying Goodbye To A Good Man

Just this side of the Harrisville Mill Pond dam, a few people leaned over to cast worms into some roiling waters, a few others stumbled around, palms up, squinting while waiting for some silly, animated pseudo-life to appear on tiny screens and across the street, in a cool back of the house conference room, Wayne … Continue reading Talking Turkeys This Week with Wayne Barber & Saying Goodbye To A Good Man

You Can Own a House On the Beach but You Can’t Own the Beach

The last few weeks of May are absolutely packed with anticipation. Route 1 carries a steady load of trucks trailers and boats, sticky windows in Green Hill and Matunuck start to open in cottages suffocating in the shadows of castles, small boats run the tides in salt ponds and channels, retired uncles get back to … Continue reading You Can Own a House On the Beach but You Can’t Own the Beach