Neresis limbata is wiggling its way through my patience

Neresis limbata

I hate cinder worms. They’re a fickle menace. They’re slimy, fleshy, wiggly segmented polychaetes who spend most of their lives working the mudflats of salt ponds and estuaries. Mother’s Day seems to be an annual coming out party as they leave the dark muck for late sunny afternoon swims to the surface under clear, calm … Continue reading Neresis limbata is wiggling its way through my patience

Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot

Big Bear Hunting & Firearms

Fire can destroy everything as it tears through roofs, walls and hearts. What fire doesn’t always do is destroy the human spirit and the shared passions to rebuild. When Big Bear Hunting and Firearms in Harmony burned in January of 2018, the building was left in tough shape and save for some firearms and ammunition, … Continue reading Up from the ashes, Big Bear is a local sportsman hot spot

We walked The Capital for fish, conservationists and for generations of abundance

The Ocean Conservancy invited a flotilla of fishermen from all over the country to Washington D.C. to discuss long range protection of fish stocks and the path to abundance. Our mission was to meet with our congressional representatives to ensure a strong Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Forage fishes, bluefish and striped bass remain … Continue reading We walked The Capital for fish, conservationists and for generations of abundance

It was raining fish on opening day and Peter Jenkins is building fish abundance

Spring’s greatest day, the opening of trout season in Rhode Island was a soggy success. Steady rains came early and often, winds pushed everyone around and skies were zebra striped with sheets of clouds racing south to north. Two days later, under far more obliging skies, a newly organized group of saltwater fishing guides hosted … Continue reading It was raining fish on opening day and Peter Jenkins is building fish abundance

Four fishermen meeting by a river learn how much they have in common

Four wise men assess the Wood River. The river will only benefit from this long overdue collaboration Water is the great elixir. It relieves stress, quenches thirsts, helps us discern answers, heals wounds of frustration, time and anger and always rolls along whether we hear it or not. Water calls people. We wade into it … Continue reading Four fishermen meeting by a river learn how much they have in common

There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

As a bluebird Saturday drew fishermen out to tear off shrink wrap or frantically start organizing gear they should have combed through while it was snowing, the Kayak Centre in Wickford was packed. Randy DeGrace, Ian Clark and Jimmy Chappel of the 1000 member Facebook group Ocean State Kayak Fishing, gave presentations rich with advice for … Continue reading There’s much to learn from three veteran fishermen

The Saltwater Fishing Show: rods, jerky and white camo pants before Memorial Day

The R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association hosted their most successful Saltwater Fishing Show ever. They broke attendance records all three days. There were fishermen and women queued up an hour before doors opened. They hosted dozens of speakers, seminars and television stars. They made sure Narragansett Brewing Company handed out free samples to keep the masses … Continue reading The Saltwater Fishing Show: rods, jerky and white camo pants before Memorial Day

One last shot of ice for the year

Southern ponds had largely thawed. Only Maine and points north still had solid ponds. Spring be damned, we needed one more day on the ice, so we got the band back together, sort of. We assembled nine die-hards: three sharpies from Connecticut, the two owners of Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, the Maine Fishing TV crew … Continue reading One last shot of ice for the year

So long winter, it’s been good to snow ‘ya

The last edge of winter was tough. Temperatures and winds fouled up fishing plans. It was tough hearing teenagers complaining about bringing in firewood. The wise didn't dare put away snowblowers because odds were good for one last storm on the horizon. With all that in the rear view mirror, here's a nod to winter’s … Continue reading So long winter, it’s been good to snow ‘ya

Life is short, so Bob Buscher is going fishing

Bob Buscher expects to catch a thousand pounds of largemouth bass this year. That’s an unreal amount of fish caught one at a time, from a small boat by one fisherman. On a good year, Bob fishes about four days a week; some years he’s out there two hundred days. There’s no contest involved, that … Continue reading Life is short, so Bob Buscher is going fishing