The big bass continue to hold tight to the top of Narragansett Bay. Live pogies are still the best bet for the big girls and several fishermen have reported stripers in the 28”-40” range. Down south, the salt ponds are producing plenty of schoolie bass action. Long-awaited worm hatches have been few and far between, … Continue reading How to find big bass, get out-fished and then find public access to a public beach that’s pretty much private
The big fishing news is that Cape Cod fisherman Jeff Fortin outlasted a 64.6 pound striper in Buzzards Bay. It’s a seriously impressive fish. So early in the season, it’s hopefully a good sign that fish of such size have already moved in to feed on pogies and herring. Fooled by a white paddle tail … Continue reading How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm
This edition of Fish Wrap originally appeared in the Southern RI Newspapers family of, well, newspapers. Steam over to the east side of Prudence Island, cast a live pogie, catch a striper. Head up to the Taunton River or the Tiverton Basin, cast a hunk of squid, catch a striper. Get in your kayak, paddle … Continue reading How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen
Narragansett Bay is teeming with stripers. It’s easy to access them from beaches, breakwalls and kayaks, from river mouths to the upper Bay and the Taunton River. Our CRMC provides a wonderful, interactive map of public access spots, which you can find at http://www.crmc.ri.gov/publicaccess.html. In shallow waters, there’s topwater action with D.O.A. jerkbaits rigged with … Continue reading Public access and how to lose it
This is the time. Bucktails, teaser flies, Cocahoe minnows. Seven foot medium weight rods for kayaks in salt ponds, ten foot surf rods for long beach casts. Buckies, pogies, silversides. D.O.A. jerkbaits, topwater schoolie action and everything tipped with squid. Ready piles of fresh fluorocarbon leaders cut and tied last winter. Getting back into a … Continue reading stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.
For many fishermen, once the opening of trout season has passed, it’s all about Galilee, Jerusalem and wailing the west wall. That ragged run of blocks and rocks is known for being one of the earliest spots to find a new season’s first stripers. Word races through chat rooms, listservs and all corners of the … Continue reading Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…
Elisa at Snug Harbor Marina had it first...schoolie stripers have made their first appearance at Galilee's west wall. That means it's time to stand shoulder to shoulder with your fishermen brothers and make a thousand casts for a hundred fish. It's not unusual to catch 50 in an outing. It's fun, it's a blast and … Continue reading Stripers at Galilee’s west wall!
House OKs Carson bill asking DEM to report on potential effects of Trump’s cuts to environmental funding How much can volunteers be expected to do to protect our environment? STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson asking the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to … Continue reading Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment
In 2015, a few kayak fishermen started a Facebook group to stay in contact, make plans to go fishing and encourage others to get on the water. Word spread, membership increased, anglers entered and won tournaments, the page became popular. Fast forward eighteen months and there are more than 500 members of Ocean State … Continue reading Ocean State Kayak Fishing is Catching On
Captain Jerry Sparks and I will be at the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association's New England Saltwater Fishing Show all weekend representing Scotty Fishing & Paddlesport Products at booth 1215. Please stop by, check out the Scotty line and let me shake your hand for reading my words. Even better, at 9:30 on Saturday morning, The Captain … Continue reading Meet Captain Jerry Sparks & Me at the NE Saltwater Fishing Show