Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

Albies. Albies. Albies. We wait and wait for them, we look to Captain Ray Stachelek to predict their arrival date, which he does with miraculous accuracy, we watch videos of Captain Rene Letourneau catching them on the fly and we stock up on supplies. We wonder if white Albie Snax will be the ones this … Continue reading Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

This week we’re all about pats on the back, hands behind the back and fishing some sweet backwaters. Congratulations first off to Tom Adams of the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association who earned first place in the Why Knot Albie Shootout. Fishing was tough as a railroad spike apparently but Tom kept at it and … Continue reading Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back

In fuzzy world of printed newspapers and this new interweb thing, frequently there's a delay between when words are bound and when they go digital. That said, the following may seem a bit dated in our instant everything world but Gabe Littlefield's story is important and if even just one more person donates to the … Continue reading Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back

Save Potter Pond brought Barcelona to South County

“Ready? We can change the world!” cried Sam, captain of a floating, rolling dock anchored in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond. With a southern breeze freshening, seven players and singers from Barcelona blessed Segar Cove with riffs and some long, amazing Flamenco harmonies while some forty boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, jet-skis and a solo … Continue reading Save Potter Pond brought Barcelona to South County

Casting a net for fish and wisdom

It’s a lot like tossing a pancake. You keep your arm straight, put some lead line in your mouth and swing your hips. Sounds like a lame country line dance number I know but in fact, it’s the short course on how to throw a cast net. Bait is a cost when fishing and if you’re … Continue reading Casting a net for fish and wisdom

Fishing’s been difficult & the Simpson’s are back

Bob Kolb and the Speedy McSkiff crew find the fish Fishing has been difficult. It’s been difficult to concentrate, paddle or steer. It’s been difficult to catch, land or even release. With so many distractions on waters fresh and salt, fishing’s been difficult because things keep getting in the way. It’s been difficult to pack … Continue reading Fishing’s been difficult & the Simpson’s are back

The prodigal son returns to Ryan Valois

It’s hard to have a cell phone conversation when a fisherman on the other end won’t put down his surf rod. Then again, it’s harder to stand on some slippery rocks and cast for stripers while some annoying writer asks about a fish you caught. Considering a poor connection and background sounds, I asked Ryan … Continue reading The prodigal son returns to Ryan Valois

Just a few words, just a few hours on a salt pond

You start here, west of the gut, heading for a low sun. Things change in a flash. For the better. Fish retreat from the shallows. Some things start to stir, some. Swirls appear. Wings flap. Still the air is still. So you round the corner, more to the east, more to all that God created … Continue reading Just a few words, just a few hours on a salt pond

Kayak fishermen help pay off a personal debt to The Jimmy Fund

It takes a lot of work to keep things simple. It was barely 3 a.m. when Ryan Dubay pulled into the deeply rutted West Island Town Beach parking lot in Fairhaven, Ma. His headlights turned the heads of a dozen guys already milling around their trucks or lightly dozing inside cabs. Bed lights lights sliced […]

Large then larger bass and a salt pond’s reflection of time

Just now, we take a look back at a piece written for the Southern RI Newspaper family which, due to reasons real and uninteresting, was lost for a while. Time passes quickly in this digital age but I say taking a few minutes to read about good friends catching fish or even passing away helps … Continue reading Large then larger bass and a salt pond’s reflection of time