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

Resilience will save some fishermen just as the Fish Whisperer passes

This week we see the power of resilience as local commercial fishermen draw on their strengths to prepare for a solid future, then say goodbye to the Fish Whisperer whose passing came far too soon. Rodman Sykes stirred his giant pot of clam chowder as local fishermen mingled with industry partners and state regulators inside … Continue reading Resilience will save some fishermen just as the Fish Whisperer passes

A fisherman’s social, a bucket of eels & a sharp hook in the eye

It only took a few degrees of separation from cold and rain to warm up the shoreline and welcome back stripers. Squid have slowly appeared in the lower bay followed by a few tautog. From Jerusalem’s West Wall to the beaches of Jamestown and Newport, schoolies reappeared en mass in May, finally signalling the real … Continue reading A fisherman’s social, a bucket of eels & a sharp hook in the eye

Freshwater bite is hot, pogies & people hit the beaches

Spring is getting busy on the lakes, rivers and rock walls. In the mist of all the rain and wind, Spring is for fishing and between the hot largemouth bite, emerging salt ponds stripers and shad trees ready to pop, a few more warm days and this state will be awash in fish stories.   … Continue reading Freshwater bite is hot, pogies & people hit the beaches

Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons

“Whenever I can bear that damned cold weather,” said the fishermen. Whitecaps frosted a small town pond tucked away in plain sight. Only one person was out there fishing through the cold and wind. March gripped winter tightly as the fisherman worked hard for his catch. He knew storms raise and crash barometric pressures, making … Continue reading Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons

Kayak Bassin’, Woony Cleanin’, Gunar Catchin’…That’s A Lot

RJ Alves and Matt Tetrault are full steam ahead with their new RI Kayak Bassin’ group and a full calendar of fishing tournaments. The first event at South Kingstown’s Worden Pond is already full, which shows you how much love there is for freshwater fishing and how much we’re all sick of all this winter. … Continue reading Kayak Bassin’, Woony Cleanin’, Gunar Catchin’…That’s A Lot

Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

The 2018 New England Saltwater Fishing Show was another major success. The annual three day event drew around 15,000 men, women and children to see the biggest names in rods, reels, boats, lures, charter captains and the newest fashions. Produced by the 7,500 member strong RI Saltwater Anglers Association, this year was exceptionally busy. Elisa … Continue reading Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

Swampers, Jimmy Chappel & Other Cool Guys Help Us Welcome A Much Needed Spring

Spring. Spring. The very word brings a smile to even the stodgiest of swampers. Yes, I made up that word. Spring is positive, it’s bright, it’s pleasing, it’s new hope for an end to slumping wood piles, dirty roads and thread bare back woods. Spring brings work, with gardens to till, border beds to clean, … Continue reading Swampers, Jimmy Chappel & Other Cool Guys Help Us Welcome A Much Needed Spring

So Close, Spring Is So Close…

Spring is so close. Colors are changing, pale green buds are patiently peeking out from riverbank maples. Tucked under bony rhododendron skeletons, tiny yellowed shoots emerging from wet leaves missed by fall’s rake tell us everything about the real calendar. River herring, Nature’s beloved harbinger of Spring, have arrived at Gilbert Stuart, swimming for Card … Continue reading So Close, Spring Is So Close…