A Second, Deeper Look at Brook Trout & Our Needs

This is the second in a three part series on a proposal by Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout. To help restore the Upper Wood River’s overall health and population of native fishes, Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout has proposed an experimental 5 year plan which includes suspending the State’s stocking of hatchery-raised, non-native fish and … Continue reading A Second, Deeper Look at Brook Trout & Our Needs

4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout

This week we begin a three part series looking into a proposal by Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout. Their work is genuine, guided by a desire to address a potential, not a past. This week we begin a three part series to discuss a small group of devoted trout fishermen who are working to protect … Continue reading 4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout

6 deer to go, Lyme disease all around and a true Ace-1

It’s the wind, I would guess. Wind is just one element of what makes Block Island a special place, swept with strong winds most every day over rolling hills, kettle ponds and hundreds of acres of brush. In much of the brush, briars, Russian olives and bayberry are herds of deer looking for cover and … Continue reading 6 deer to go, Lyme disease all around and a true Ace-1

let’s talk priorities, the Constitution and river herring then say goodbye to Joe Martins

Quick question, when you visit the shoreline, be it fresh or saltwater, what’s your priority? Chances are you want to park your vehicle, then fish, swim, paddle, explore or maybe just lean back with a cold one and practice some kayak lethargy and that’s all good. The fun and peace associated with water is also … Continue reading let’s talk priorities, the Constitution and river herring then say goodbye to Joe Martins

standing at the EEZ on my striper soapbox

RIDEM Law Enforcement gave a presentation to the July Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers meeting and after a slide show with some straight-eighties Kenny Loggins guitar, Lt. Joe Poccia walked members through the history, mission and daily demands of their Environmental Police officers. The Q&A session was pretty straightforward until Kevin Robishaw spoke up, with just … Continue reading standing at the EEZ on my striper soapbox

enforcing the law with courtesy and patience

From federal level hearings to local fishing club outings, there is a growing recognition that we the people need more enforcement of laws protecting our natural resources.  There are more of us than ever on the water and in the woods and not all play by the rules. Commercial and recreational fisheries laws constantly change.  … Continue reading enforcing the law with courtesy and patience

giving you an update and the squid eye…

Striped bass of all sizes have moved into local waters. Many seem to be holding up high in Narragansett Bay near the mouth of the Providence River and around the islands. This time of year classics like Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows, white or pearl Zoom Fluke’s and Slug-Go’s seem to produce well but some are reporting … Continue reading giving you an update and the squid eye…

is it a tax or a fee? its it right? would you want to keep paying it?

this piece originally ran in the Narragansett Times back in March. Fishing today can be frustrating and it’s not what it used to be. There are hundreds of rules and regulations, there are trucks parked where you always parked to sneak into your secret spot that’s certainly not a secret anymore, abundance is lower on … Continue reading is it a tax or a fee? its it right? would you want to keep paying it?

DEM reg redo, some truth stretching and PBR’s on the horizon

Lions Club meetings begin with the awesome toast of water: "Not Above You Not Beneath You But With You". Fantastic.  Right now ospreys and blackbirds are all of those, circling above, building nests and attracting mates while bass perch and buckies are swimming below. These are just some harbingers of the fisherman’s official beginning of … Continue reading DEM reg redo, some truth stretching and PBR’s on the horizon

opening day, brown trout on a stamp & a cool fishing app

Spring’s greatest day is next Saturday and after a fresh coat of snow a few nights back, there’s a good chance some ponds will still be frozen. This could make the expected jockeying for spots that much more tricky this year, unless you can find a quiet corner to set up your tip-up’s and lawn … Continue reading opening day, brown trout on a stamp & a cool fishing app