a quick year in review for fish wrap’s first year

thank you all for such a wonderful first year of fish and words...   Quite a year to be a fisherman, it was. This was the first year for Fish Wrap and as is often a writer’s tradition, a few caps were twisted off during a few quiet hours of reflection. This small piece of … Continue reading a quick year in review for fish wrap’s first year

ladders, eels, herring and impending success. that’s alot

Narragansett Dock Works has lowered an excavator onto the rocky tow of the Main Street dam in Wakefield. This is the first step in the process to reconstruct the Denil-style fish ladder system, originally built it the early 1970’s. The reconstruction will incorporate a reduced water flow and a reengineered pathway, enabling greater numbers of … Continue reading ladders, eels, herring and impending success. that’s alot

hand lining for cod, the Bonnie S. & waters of change

Back in the day, John Swienton would turn the Bonnie S. north out of Old Harbor, then steam less than twenty minutes at 8 knots to find his mark off Clay Head. Filling his Thermos cup, he watched the high cliff line for a green mansard roof, checked the amount of water below and made … Continue reading hand lining for cod, the Bonnie S. & waters of change

buckies, ladders, eels & unemployment

Construction at two fish ladders on the Saugatucket River has begun at last. In Peacedale, Narragansett Dock Works has started changing the sluiceway floor height and the pitch in the lift system, which will reduce the occasionally volatile flow of water. As the current design reflects a time when our rivers once were home to … Continue reading buckies, ladders, eels & unemployment

regulations, attendance and stealing green crabs. cool stuff.

Starting January 1, 2015, necessary changes to the recreational and commercial striper fishery will begin. Coastal recreational anglers will be limited to a bag limit of one striped bass per day with a minimum size of twenty-eight inches. While the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission did not reduce the minimum size as some had advocated … Continue reading regulations, attendance and stealing green crabs. cool stuff.

surf contests, bass regs and some friendly competition

If you have spent any time fishing the beach for stripers this year, you know it’s been slow. Really slow. One here, one there with the occasional keeper to keep you in the game. It’s been slow enough that even the great surfcaster Steve McKenna might get skunked one night and that really doesn’t happen … Continue reading surf contests, bass regs and some friendly competition

False Albacore, kayak frustration and courtesy on the Narrow River

Albies are here in force. From the Harbor of Refuge to the east side of Narragansett Beach and Monahan’s, fishermen are lined up hoping to catch a ride with these bullets. Long revered for the great fight they give, they are loathed for their ability to disappear and follow no pattern we humans can understand. … Continue reading False Albacore, kayak frustration and courtesy on the Narrow River

sunset explained, old school rocking fish guys & sweaty town workers. seriously.

Talk around the docks this week has been all about sunset. These new days of a waning summer seem to have made the fish a bit uninterested once the sun sets, even when they were actively feeding. This temporarily flies in the face of something we know best, that predatory fish like stripers become emboldened … Continue reading sunset explained, old school rocking fish guys & sweaty town workers. seriously.

Addendum IV, crappy politicians and anchovies…

In the midst of all we consume from radio, television and the printed word, there is a reminder of what we, as Clay Pell would say, “ordinary Rhode Islanders”, can do to shape an important piece of our favorite pastime or paycheck. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council has scheduled a series of open and … Continue reading Addendum IV, crappy politicians and anchovies…

there is so much happening…6/20/2014

Fish have us surrounded. There are fluke to the south and east, blue dogs in the dump, pogeys at the mouth, bass on the ledge, largemouth on their beds and blues all around. If you have any personal days left, this is the time to cash them in. If you have any sick days left, … Continue reading there is so much happening…6/20/2014