It was downhill right from the ramp

020 Darkness casually faded into the summer excitement of unloading boats for a day chasing albies and striped bass. Galilee’s new boat ramp, designed to launch three boats at once with sturdy docks for coming and going, was bustling. Overhead were stars and stripes of irritating early morning cigarette smoke mixed with hints of gas … Continue reading It was downhill right from the ramp

Time to stop idling and start paddling our Wild and Scenic Rivers

Sitting, idling, cursing perhaps, many of us have sat there impatiently, waiting for one car to turn right to Sosnowski’s farm stand and another to cross left for a cup of TLC coffee. Countless URI students zip daily over a small bridge at South Kingstown's Taylor Landing, coming and going. That coffee aroma is intoxicating … Continue reading Time to stop idling and start paddling our Wild and Scenic Rivers

Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

After a tepid start, the summer flounder season has warmed but it sure does not look like a banner year. “The fluke have been a challenge. I have been getting some but it’s been work,” said East Bay fisherman Greg Vespe. Water temps have largely peaked and bait is plentiful so with those exceptional ten … Continue reading Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

Over the last few years, it seems like the better saltwater fishing has edged its way into July when historically we might have switched to some largemouth chasing or just caught up on some sleep after a busy salty Spring. This week, striped bass are feeding hard along the south coast and points east and … Continue reading Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

The salt pond was unusually crowded with boats this past weekend. Not enough to require a “Knock It Off!” visit but far busier than expected. The physical and emotional lockdown we’re experiencing requires us to still have some outlet like hiking or fishing or even just shopping for something more fun than toilet paper. Dr. … Continue reading A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

There’s a new tax in town and we’re not going to stand for it

Governor Raimondo and her staff have inserted tax language into the 2020/2021 state budget which financially targets sporting ranges, guides and outfitters. It is, at best, a poorly veneered attempt to use taxes as a weapon to disrupt people’s legal and constitutionally protected hobbies and passions because the current administration and governor does not like … Continue reading There’s a new tax in town and we’re not going to stand for it

Here’s why Dennis Tabella should stay in his lane to not sound like a turkey

A few weeks ago,  Mr. Dennis Tabella wrote a letter to likely every news source he could find to protest a turkey hunt for young people, supported by RIDEM and The Light Foundation.  While certainly I have empathy for all living animals and respect his group, Defenders of Animals, to be a noble cause, I … Continue reading Here’s why Dennis Tabella should stay in his lane to not sound like a turkey

RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is proposing to incrementally increase fishing and hunting licenses and tag fees over the next eight years. These increases are listed in Article 7 as part of House Bill 7171, Relating to the Environment. Before anyone gets off the couch and onto the soapbox to preach about how expensive … Continue reading RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

2010 was the first year of the Rhode Island Saltwater License Program, designed as an alternative to a federal license which became mandatory with a 2006 amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act. The amendment was written to begin more accurate capture of fisheries data like effort and landings. In a rare move, Rhode Island’s … Continue reading Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

It was heartening to see 80 people on a rainy February night at URI’s Corless Auditorium offering comments on the state’s proposed 2020 fisheries regulations but equally disappointing to hear so many fishermen advocate for killing smaller striped bass and more bluefish in light of our understanding that both stocks are overfished and in peril. … Continue reading Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”