black sea bass · waxing philosophic

How To Fish With Your Hands & Learn From The Sea

Long before inventions like propellers, power blocks or stern trawlers, men hauled heavy fishing nets by hand. Hard to believe for some perhaps, but ingenuity, grit and small boats were the common tools to catch, sort and sell a day’s catch. Photographer Markham Starr has made a wonderful documentary, “Rhode Island Trap Fishermen”, of our… Continue reading How To Fish With Your Hands & Learn From The Sea

brook trout · fresh water fishing · kayak · regulation speak · the maine woods · waxing philosophic

Public Lands Must Always Be Public

We the people have 650 million acres of federally managed public lands in this country waiting for us to discover or rediscover. We possess endless potential to catch fish alongside hundreds of thousands of acres to hunt, camp, rest, recharge, be silent for a vista or for a bear rumbling up a river. Public lands… Continue reading Public Lands Must Always Be Public

fresh water fishing · striped bass · waxing philosophic

R.J., Jon and a new perspective on waters

This week we meet two fishermen who have never met but have remarkable similarities. R.J. is a Providence high school student and Jon Fallow is a Brockton middle school teacher; together they show how fishing can erase backgrounds, ease differences and bring peace. Last week I met R.J. when I helped volunteers cleaning up trash… Continue reading R.J., Jon and a new perspective on waters

striped bass · tackle store · waxing philosophic

Even when fishing gets complicated, Capt. Rene Letourneau finds the fish

Fishing and weather can be complicated. In the wake of a lethargic swirling post-cyclone tropical whatever, waters have largely cleared and the fishing has finally turned back on. Stripers, blues, sea bass, scup, fluke and racing hardtails are feeding in the face of changing waters and shorter days. From The Sakonnet to Watch Hill, there… Continue reading Even when fishing gets complicated, Capt. Rene Letourneau finds the fish

fluke · fresh water fishing · kayak · the maine woods · waxing philosophic

and i missed it all…

A lot can happen in one week. Fluke ‘til Ya Puke was a success on a perfect late Spring day, the Ocean State Kayak Fishing team swept the kayak division and a Block Islander landed another giant largemouth. And I missed it all. The 11th Annual fluke fishing contest had a bluebird day with more… Continue reading and i missed it all…

sarcasm with a chance of humor · skeet shooting · striped bass · the second amendment · waxing philosophic

Being a bit grumpy, drawing the line and helping firefighters

So June 18 is National Go Fishing Day. Why this day is important, I have no idea. It has all the hallmarks of a Hallmark holiday, something derived to sell more hooks and licenses like National Rotisserie Chicken Day sells cards, Hummels-not the ones who periscope their way into DPW trucks and workers comp cases-and… Continue reading Being a bit grumpy, drawing the line and helping firefighters

brook trout · fresh water fishing · skeet shooting · striped bass · Uncategorized · waxing philosophic

CJ Safford Lands a Golden Trout & Firemen Come Out Shooting!

This week we get to meet a cool young fisherman, meet some firemen, scratch the surface on a noise issue and visit the state house. Big week.   Most importantly, awesome angler CJ Safford from Richmond landed a fine golden trout at the Browning Mill Pond last Saturday. These fish are specially bred by RIDEM… Continue reading CJ Safford Lands a Golden Trout & Firemen Come Out Shooting!

brook trout · fresh water fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor · striped bass · waxing philosophic

no pictures this week, just embarrassment & some jellyfish

Being a writer often puts you in the receiving end of random judgments from readers, pigeonholing you as decent, mildly above average or worse, worthless. With that in mind, it’s interesting what we learned while sitting with my young son, across a table from a few old men at a fisheries meeting who had determined… Continue reading no pictures this week, just embarrassment & some jellyfish

ice fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor · waxing philosophic

the bears den, scahbro beach & camaros. i swear this is still a fishing column

this column was first published in the RI Central newspapers a few weeks ago…apologies for the delay Well, we finally got ourselves some winter and hopefully our next installment will include reports of good people catching fish through the ice. Patience now, no one likes being on thin ice; too much can go wrong. Meanwhile,… Continue reading the bears den, scahbro beach & camaros. i swear this is still a fishing column