Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

RIDEM does it. Town Council’s do it. School Committees do it. Wine clubs, I mean book clubs, do it. Now the RI Saltwater Anglers Association is doing it. Replacing regular monthly Elks Lodge meetings famous for helpful speakers and plates of sausage and peppers dinner beforehand, with a ZOOM video feed is just one of … Continue reading Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

There’s a tackle store waiting to meet you

Since this coronavirus deal has forced the cancellation of so many much anticipated fishing shows and events, now's the time to reintroduce ourselves to local tackle shops. Many took big inventory risks anticipating big weekends and sales and we still need to gear up for a big fishing season. Before you reach for the laptop … Continue reading There’s a tackle store waiting to meet you

Captain Rob Taylor has issues and that’s good for us

Rob Taylor has issues. As a charter boat captain and local striper fishing legend, he’s chosen a life path that’s knock down busy for months in a row followed by repairs, maintenance and planning for the next season of sports looking for big fish. So after back to back charters, which makes for a solid … Continue reading Captain Rob Taylor has issues and that’s good for us

Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

It was heartening to see 80 people on a rainy February night at URI’s Corless Auditorium offering comments on the state’s proposed 2020 fisheries regulations but equally disappointing to hear so many fishermen advocate for killing smaller striped bass and more bluefish in light of our understanding that both stocks are overfished and in peril. … Continue reading Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

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