John Bil Has Passed Away.

  My friend John Bil has passed away.   John Bil was a force in the shellfish business, in life, in bringing so much attention to oysters, in general. John Bil was a force not because of any position or title but because he just was. He always was whatever he wanted to be because … Continue reading John Bil Has Passed Away.

Hard water, white sharks, scientists swinging wrenches. It’s winter, man.

  Fishing Winter saltwater is much more enjoyable when it’s not frozen. Last week, on such a beautiful and warm Sunday, a friend packed up his kayak, Lew’s reels, tackle boxes, snacks, a few 16 ounce cans of emergency “liquids” and his trusty nine-weight, for a few hours on a salt pond. He needed to get … Continue reading Hard water, white sharks, scientists swinging wrenches. It’s winter, man.

Ice fishermen are, well, different

Ice fishermen are just different. They can’t wait to drag an old sled full of tilts, ice chippers, frisky shiners the bait guy swore were “jumbos” and frigid pickle buckets out to the middle of a wind-swept lake, drill some holes and set up shop for a good day. They are perfectly happy shuffling around … Continue reading Ice fishermen are, well, different

Fish Wrapped 2017, Part II. The smiles say it all.

“Whatever I catch, I’m going to say it was three times bigger,” said 13 year old Tim Roberts. So begins part two of our year in review, that much-anticipated, semi-obligatory writers holiday crutch, where we succumb to sweet Christmas cookies, Mimi’s salty, perfect antipasto and endless tall cans of Maine microbrew, which easily overtakes any … Continue reading Fish Wrapped 2017, Part II. The smiles say it all.

Fish Wrapping Up 2017, Part One

So it is, the end of another year and we’ve been so fortunate to report on people searching for and catching fish, people protecting resources and people who were just straight away characters. We started by meeting Mike Lee, proud new owner of Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, the perfect lure that’s likely caught a million … Continue reading Fish Wrapping Up 2017, Part One

Winter, no one and everything on Block Island

No one was there, at so many Block Island spots. No one looked up from much of anywhere. No one on the island was catching or digging. No one kept their head down, praying while playing a big bass until a car with yellow plates passed. No one stood out in the cold to see acres of … Continue reading Winter, no one and everything on Block Island

Trout Unlimited’s Chris Wood talks public lands, alchemy & casting from a shopping cart

Our landscapes are changing quickly. By some reckoning, we asked for it. We pulled a lever for change in Washington and we got it. The landscape of change became a whole lot larger too. The change people demanded to strengthen some parts of our great country is eroding others, like the environment and our access … Continue reading Trout Unlimited’s Chris Wood talks public lands, alchemy & casting from a shopping cart

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