block island · fluke · kayak · striped bass · tackle store

How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm

The big fishing news is that Cape Cod fisherman Jeff Fortin outlasted a 64.6 pound striper in Buzzards Bay. It’s a seriously impressive fish. So early in the season, it’s hopefully a good sign that fish of such size have already moved in to feed on pogies and herring. Fooled by a white paddle tail… Continue reading How To Catch A Beast of a Bass & A Shaky Cinder Worm

block island · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · tackle store

How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen

This edition of Fish Wrap originally appeared in the Southern RI Newspapers family of, well, newspapers. Steam over to the east side of Prudence Island, cast a live pogie, catch a striper. Head up to the Taunton River or the Tiverton Basin, cast a hunk of squid, catch a striper. Get in your kayak, paddle… Continue reading How to not keep a fish secret & learn from local fishermen

striped bass · tackle store

Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

For many fishermen, once the opening of trout season has passed, it’s all about Galilee, Jerusalem and wailing the west wall. That ragged run of blocks and rocks is known for being one of the earliest spots to find a new season’s first stripers. Word races through chat rooms, listservs and all corners of the… Continue reading Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

call for action · fresh water fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor · skeet shooting · tackle store

Spring & The Mystery of Dissapearing ROW Signs

Each Spring, along with the return of ospreys and Florida license plates, comes the disappearance of public access signs. Surely it pays to do your homework before you double click the alarm and push through bayberries and bull briers to launch your new kayak. When properly maintained, legal points of access to the shoreline are… Continue reading Spring & The Mystery of Dissapearing ROW Signs

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Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

House OKs Carson bill asking DEM to report on potential effects of Trump’s cuts to environmental funding How much can volunteers be expected to do to protect our environment? STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson asking the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to… Continue reading Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

block island · fresh water fishing · striped bass · tackle store

How To Tie Tail Teasers and Tell Tall Tales On A Winter’s Night

                      Grilling steak tips marinated the air.  Allman Brothers riffs fell from ceiling speakers. Fishermen gripped tall bottles.        Winter doldrums gripped us all. Outside, roads were tight with dirty snow; it felt like years since we’ve been fishing. Each door opening carried… Continue reading How To Tie Tail Teasers and Tell Tall Tales On A Winter’s Night

black sea bass · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · tackle store

How To Buy Gear, Catch Carp, Shoot Clays, Roast a Pig & Fish 27 Miles

The Narragansett Surfcasters held another hugely successful Used Tackle Sale this past Saturday. Hundreds of people streamed through the Narragansett Community Center, to pour over new and used rods, reels, lures, tackle bags, needle fish and classic collectible plugs. It’s quite and day, with the smell of clam chowder in the air, talk of old… Continue reading How To Buy Gear, Catch Carp, Shoot Clays, Roast a Pig & Fish 27 Miles

rod building · striped bass · tackle store

Summer, cooler. Winter, calendar

Winter really hasn’t taken a good grip on us yet, which surely means we’re going to pay for all this calm weather next month. In the meantime, it’s time to fill the calendar with events to remind us of all those fishing days on the other side of March. The Narragansett Surfcasters will hold their… Continue reading Summer, cooler. Winter, calendar

brook trout · fresh water fishing · kayak · striped bass · tackle store

Al’s Goldfish, Coming Back To a Tackle Box Near You, Thanks To Mainer Mike Lee

  Last year, I had the pleasure to meet Mike Lee, a small business owner from Maine who was promoting his fishing products at an outdoor writers meeting. He’s an engaging guy and we had much in common.  A few days ago, we talked for a very long time about his company, family, lures, ambitions… Continue reading Al’s Goldfish, Coming Back To a Tackle Box Near You, Thanks To Mainer Mike Lee

block island · fluke · ice fishing · kayak · tackle store

Codfish, Head Boats & Maybe a Meeting or Two. That’s So Winter…

It’s cold. It’s windy.  It must be time to go cod fishing. Block Island has long been a key place to start drifting given areas of hard bottom for tasty codfish. Like many New England fishing communities, the island had a history of reliance on the mighty Gadus. From rowed dories to simple gas powered… Continue reading Codfish, Head Boats & Maybe a Meeting or Two. That’s So Winter…