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

One last look before closing the barn door

Winter, with her drapings of snow, curtains of north wind and blankets of ice to freeze ponds and pines, is near. She is challenging sportsmen kicking withered leaves against breaths of cold air and long nights. Wood stoves are replacing beach fires as daylight shrinks behind bare tree shadows. E.B. White gave us “Oh, they … Continue reading One last look before closing the barn door

Is there writing on the stone wall for stripers?

After fishing on the rocks for two keeper stripers a night, we would lean on one tailgate, take two cold cans of beer from any icy remains in a soft cooler then walk to one long, sagging, stubborn stone wall. Through a sweet harmony of crickets and cicadas, we faced a farmers field of tall … Continue reading Is there writing on the stone wall for stripers?

Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

On February 21, my good friend Peter Jenkins at The Saltwater Edge hosted another excellent Surf Night. Peter brought in Dave Anderson and Gerry Audet to walk us through finding fish on a make-believe spot they’re calling Mystery Island. The deal was, based on all kinds of parameters which easily will transfer to your favorite … Continue reading Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

The ritual of a new year’s warm water baptism

It’s a cold weather, warm water baptism. Cleaning rods and reels, replacing hooks and snaps, swivels and rings is a ritual indeed but there’s more to it than trebles and pliers. Cleaning takes time, something some have more of when it’s cold. It takes patience to dig through that plastic, untangle those hooks, pull out … Continue reading The ritual of a new year’s warm water baptism

Notes from the couch with thanks for all you sportsmen and characters

Since getting off the couch was tricky on a recent holiday celebrating thankfulness and stuffing, it afforded me time to think. And thank. First of all, I’m thankful that I’m still here. Given my propensity for the occasional hoppy beverage and checking the “exercise” box after stretching to retrieve the paper out of a thorny … Continue reading Notes from the couch with thanks for all you sportsmen and characters

Fall surfcasting is discovering the way before finding the fish

Surfcasters have space now, space to cast, to walk, even to park. Mornings have been air brushed with wood stove smoke, still sweet for its newness. Spots have become secret again as we rediscover what we knew was there all along. Surfcasters know nothing is lost just because calendars display perfect foliage or trickling brooks … Continue reading Fall surfcasting is discovering the way before finding the fish

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

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

Being thankful for those scratches in our trucks

  During this holiday season, there’s more than a few folks thankful for the scratches in their trucks. Thanksgiving presented a multitude of options for sportsmen and even for those a bit more, well, indoorsy. Those in the know caught carp, perch, tautog and stripers while the patient sat in tree stands to take the … Continue reading Being thankful for those scratches in our trucks