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.

2022 Gear & Gift Guide II

2022 Gear & Gift Guide II

Our 2022 Gear & Gift Guide II completes a year's worth of using, testing, reading, heating and testing again some amazing and well built products. We're happy to bring you the best and most useful for holiday shopping or a quick reason to buy something for yourself.

Fish Wrap Summer Gear Guide

Our Fish Wrap Summer Gear Guide aims to combine several tastes, sports and styles to help outdoorsmen and women be ready for a new hot season, no matter where you roam.

2021 Fish Wrap Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2021 Fish Wrap Writer Holiday Gift Guide will help you choose some fun, handy, thoughtful and maybe even perfect gifts for any outdoorsman or womann on your shopping list. We are very fortunate to meet lots of wonderful people and many of them create great products we can share with you. Happy Holidays!

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.