The Fish Wrap Writer Recommendations

We at the Fish Wrap Writer are asked often about what tackle shops to visit, what gear we use to catch fish, what stripers are biting on in the fall, etc. We do our best to provide tackle shop and lure info in our fishing reports we post weekly, but we also wanted to provide a comprehensive list here as well.

Additionally, there are some amazing organizations in Rhode Island that help protect our waterways and fishing environments. Check out some of my favorites below.


Store Recommendations

These are the places I shop in New England when needing bait, lures, rods/reels, swag or more often than not, some great local fishing and hunting advice. To see a complete list of tackle shops in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, click here.

There are dozens of excellent tackle shops all over Rhode Island, staffed with great folks who are ready to help you with picking out your gear needed to catch the fish. Check out this blog post that lists them all. See one I’m missing? Send us an email and let us know!

Tackle Recommendations

I’m rarely – if ever – out on the water fishing in Rhode Island without these brands of equipment with me. 


SALT WATER AL'S GOLDFISH FISH WRAP SPECIAL EDITIONThe Fish Wrap Writer collaborated with the great team at Al’s Goldfish Lure Company to develop this new saltwater lure.

The Original Goldfish shape and action built specifically for saltwater action. Hard baked paints, custom tied teaser size 3/0 VMC J hook, and a wobble and flutter that salt species can’t ignore. 

Gear Guides

Every year I publish a gear guide sharing some of my favorite products. Check them out below.

ORU Beach LT Foldable Kayak

2023 Holiday Gear and Gift Guide

Click to view my 2023 Holiday Gear and Gift Guide as I preview some items an angler in your life would love to receive this holiday season. A variety of cool items you don't want to miss.

summer gift guide FI

2023 Summer Fishing Gear Guide

Todd Corayer provides his 2023 summer fishing gear guide, with plenty of gear to make your fishing season in Rhode Island that much better. Click to view this summer's gear guide.

Spring Gear Guide - Laka Cooler

2023 Spring Gear Guide

The Fish Wrap spring gear guide is here with awesome products you don't want to miss and deals just for you. Click to read the guide today.

Organization Recommendations

There are so many great organizations in Rhode Island and New England that do incredible work protecting our waterways, public access, and fisheries. Below are just a few I make it a point to stay informed on and volunteer with.