RISAA, Fish & the Kids Who Love Them

  “Whatever I catch, I’m going to say it was three times bigger.” 13 year old Tim Roberts started a day of fishing by sinking my writing plan. Drifting along Warwick Neck in Captain Tim Wordell’s bright white Cobia, the younger Tim was a camper with the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association Youth Fishing Camp held … Continue reading RISAA, Fish & the Kids Who Love Them

Sometimes water makes us suffer and like it.

“Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it,” wrote Russell Baker. July sometimes means fishing cools as waters warm for she is a long month of hot water pushing trout to precious few cool pools, black sea bass to dark deep wrecks and stripers straight to the bottom. Temperature is … Continue reading Sometimes water makes us suffer and like it.

How to find love On The Rocks & other fishing classics

It was a long awaited Friday night fights in South County salt ponds. Finally a full day of warming sun brought cinder worms from the mud to a muddled windy surface so the dance could be begin. It was a worm hatch like you read about, which we hope you read about here and while … Continue reading How to find love On The Rocks & other fishing classics

How to find big bass, get out-fished and then find public access to a public beach that’s pretty much private

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

How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm

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

How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen

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

Public access and how to lose it

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

stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

 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.

Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

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…

Stripers at Galilee’s west wall!

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!