It’s January, there’s no ice so go see East End Eddie Dougherty!

January’s calendar page means we’re largely confined to quarters unless there’s hard water for setting tip up’s or open water for launching a daredevil kayak trip for white perch. Deer season is in full swing on Block Island but with all this cold air and these short days, the next best thing is a full … Continue reading It’s January, there’s no ice so go see East End Eddie Dougherty!

A second look at a few characters from 2019

Each year we take a few weeks to look back on not just the calendar but more significantly, the characters who make this weekly stew pot of news, predictions, sarcasm and marginally accurate reports occasionally readable. This week is no exception; we get to meet some of the coolest and finest people on the water. … Continue reading A second look at a few characters from 2019

Dave Henault has gone east for the winter

Dave Henault has left us. For the winter and for Southeast Asia. Dave’s the owner of Ocean State Tackle in Providence, a very well known figure in the fishing community and a total character. This winter, he’ll be riding his bicycle across three countries for exercise, pure enjoyment and to raise money for Pan Can, … Continue reading Dave Henault has gone east for the winter

Hoping for more big bass, fresh and salt

September is such a sportsman’s month. Fish are in big time, goose and deer season opens and the Fall archery season for turkey begins. Waters are warm; around 66 off the beaches and as high as 72 in southern salt ponds. Days are warm, nights are cool. Provided Mother Nature steers any impending tropical systems … Continue reading Hoping for more big bass, fresh and salt

The new Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al’s Goldfish may change the way you fish the ocean

So after many months of conversations, deliberations and necessary changes, we are very pleased to announce the release of the Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al's Goldfish Saltwater Series Lure. Jeff and Mandy Debuigne assumed the controls of this iconic lure company a few years ago and have been laser focused on helping people recognize how … Continue reading The new Fish Wrap Writer Edition Al’s Goldfish may change the way you fish the ocean

The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

All part of the deal, the blindfold is on The blindfold was tight but part of the deal. That old green bandanna smelled of unpleasant sweat and salt but sacrifices are necessary when you want an inside line from the best fishermen. Bouncing through some southerly chop, the Simpson brothers were entrusting me to visit … Continue reading The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

The Good Book is all about fishing

Regardless of how good the fishing is right now, here's a very good reason to pick up a good book about fishing. Author Ed Doherty is a Massachusetts fishermen who lives to cast the Cape Cod Canal and has just written Seven Miles After Sundown. It’s tight with a lifetime of stories, counsel, characters and … Continue reading The Good Book is all about fishing

Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

Summer is a gift to fishermen and this year is no exception. Certainly it’s been a solidly slower striper year but there’s lots of speculations for that situation. Bass are moving south with the tourists to Brenton Reef, Beavertail and all those lovely south facing beaches where they charge locals to park, which is awful … Continue reading Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

Dan Ward

Project Healing Waters and Stars and Stripers teamed up for a second year to give veterans a day fishing on Narragansett Bay. Blessed with a perfect Saturday, the non-profit group of passionate volunteers matched a few dozen vets with local captains to find blues, bass or anything they could catch on a fly rod. Vets … Continue reading How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot

Big Bear Hunting & Firearms

Fire can destroy everything as it tears through roofs, walls and hearts. What fire doesn’t always do is destroy the human spirit and the shared passions to rebuild. When Big Bear Hunting and Firearms in Harmony burned in January of 2018, the building was left in tough shape and save for some firearms and ammunition, … Continue reading Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot