jim’s dock, some weighty math & spraying for milfoil

Jim’s Dock was busy all holiday weekend. There’s a solid crowd there of first shift local fishermen with extra-large coffee’s, buck tails, faded tattoos and lots of stories. The second shift shows around 10 a.m .and is more the tanning oil, swim noodle, surf rod and bathing-suit-that-fit-last-year crowd. When the tide is ripping, it’s a … Continue reading jim’s dock, some weighty math & spraying for milfoil

fluke, squid and josh miller. wow.

Josh Miller is making us all look bad. Josh knows fish, he hunts, he dreams of packing up a trailer and hauling himself back to Alaska, back to where everything is big and wide and open, where people live off the land and there are options for a smart guy. He also knows how to … Continue reading fluke, squid and josh miller. wow.

Being a bit grumpy, drawing the line and helping firefighters

So June 18 is National Go Fishing Day. Why this day is important, I have no idea. It has all the hallmarks of a Hallmark holiday, something derived to sell more hooks and licenses like National Rotisserie Chicken Day sells cards, Hummels-not the ones who periscope their way into DPW trucks and workers comp cases-and … Continue reading Being a bit grumpy, drawing the line and helping firefighters

Smackin’ it with poppers, Brian Hall and a kayak

There are big fish all around us. Up North, where Narragansett Bay becomes the Providence River, menhaden are filling coves and the bass know it. The best tip right now is to liveline a few snagged pogies and work the schools. It can be a crowded place, especially when the word gets out and a … Continue reading Smackin’ it with poppers, Brian Hall and a kayak

Captain Jerry Sparks Guides Us Through the Cinder Worms

  It’s one of the most exciting, challenging, rewarding and frustrating fishing events of our striper season: the cinder worm hatch. Salt ponds with dark mud bottoms and skinny water corners where strong tides drain edges will warm with longer days and if all conditions align, really turn on in a short window of stellar … Continue reading Captain Jerry Sparks Guides Us Through the Cinder Worms

You Can Own a House On the Beach but You Can’t Own the Beach

The last few weeks of May are absolutely packed with anticipation. Route 1 carries a steady load of trucks trailers and boats, sticky windows in Green Hill and Matunuck start to open in cottages suffocating in the shadows of castles, small boats run the tides in salt ponds and channels, retired uncles get back to … Continue reading You Can Own a House On the Beach but You Can’t Own the Beach

CJ Safford Lands a Golden Trout & Firemen Come Out Shooting!

This week we get to meet a cool young fisherman, meet some firemen, scratch the surface on a noise issue and visit the state house. Big week.   Most importantly, awesome angler CJ Safford from Richmond landed a fine golden trout at the Browning Mill Pond last Saturday. These fish are specially bred by RIDEM … Continue reading CJ Safford Lands a Golden Trout & Firemen Come Out Shooting!

Elisa, Peter, Mike & Al-Tackle Makers & Sellers

Fresh off her Nu-2-U Used Tackle Sale and back on almost regular business hours, Elisa and Matt at Snug Harbor Marina have brought in lots more green crabs for a welcome increase in tautog catching as cod fishing starts to fade around the old Fairway buoy and spots south of the island. Stripers are hitting … Continue reading Elisa, Peter, Mike & Al-Tackle Makers & Sellers

A Fish Wrap Kind of Calendar

Everyone needs a calendar, especially one crammed with free space and a few penciled in notes about fishing contests and meetings to talk more about fishing. To o help keep us organized through the rush of this new season, here are a few key events and meetings to mark on your calendar.  April 30 and … Continue reading A Fish Wrap Kind of Calendar

no pictures this week, just embarrassment & some jellyfish

Being a writer often puts you in the receiving end of random judgments from readers, pigeonholing you as decent, mildly above average or worse, worthless. With that in mind, it’s interesting what we learned while sitting with my young son, across a table from a few old men at a fisheries meeting who had determined … Continue reading no pictures this week, just embarrassment & some jellyfish