Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

Anyone who was in Boy Scouts before that deal imploded or had parents drag them around the country in an old summer vacation van should know how to use a compass. Understanding direction is key to navigating, especially in zero visibility. Most of us have a compass app on our smart phones, which means some … Continue reading Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

These are uncharted waters on both sides of the border

Social distancing used to be what fishermen regularly practiced when they went fishing, often quite voluntarily. Now the term is repeated ad nauseam on virtually every broadcast and talk show, having morphed into a repetitive reminder that our inside and outside worlds have changed and may never be the same. It’s brought us one way … Continue reading These are uncharted waters on both sides of the border

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

That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

“The guy came so close, he hit me with his mirror and knocked me off of my balance.” Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man. “It looked like he was slowing down a little bit, then he just kept going.” He fishes from a kayak, boats he built and the shore when albies are charging … Continue reading That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

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

How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

The tautog bite is crazy good. Trout have been stocked statewide. A few stubborn bluefish are patrolling beaches. Bait fish are holding tight. Rivers and salt ponds are filling with stripers uninterested in a long swim south. It’s a treat fishing for bass chasing peanut bunker on a cold winter day while birds circle in a … Continue reading How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

What if the State held a meeting about the future of our outdoor recreation and no one went? How would we know how our parks, beaches, woods and trails were being managed, purchased or changed? Public participation in public policy is tricky since couches are more comfortable than podiums and screaming at the nightly news … Continue reading SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

As a bluebird Saturday drew fishermen out to tear off shrink wrap or frantically start organizing gear they should have combed through while it was snowing, the Kayak Centre in Wickford was packed. Randy DeGrace, Ian Clark and Jimmy Chappel of the 1000 member Facebook group Ocean State Kayak Fishing, gave presentations rich with advice for … Continue reading There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five

This just in. The Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association has placed administrator Brian Hall on injured reserve. Brian’s a pretty tough guy, a veteran and firefighter, kayak fisherman, freestyle eel wrestler and house party comedian. The last part is a work in progress.  I suspect his wife is tougher since she has to put up … Continue reading Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five