Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

Despite a lack of hard water, it really is ice fishing season. RIDEM recommends at least six inches of ice before we drag out coolers, chairs and grills while Connecticut calls for just four inches. For safety’s sake, it’s our job to check for thickness all the way out to base camp. Fishing on the … Continue reading Five tips to keep you on the right side of the ice this winter

A year full of characters, present and past tense

It’s a real blessing to have a job like this because everyone has a fish story, whether they caught one, knew someone who did or never could catch one but wish they could. Each year it’s pure fun to reflect on some of the characters we met. With a tip of the hat to everyone … Continue reading A year full of characters, present and past tense

How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

The tautog bite is crazy good. Trout have been stocked statewide. A few stubborn bluefish are patrolling beaches. Bait fish are holding tight. Rivers and salt ponds are filling with stripers uninterested in a long swim south. It’s a treat fishing for bass chasing peanut bunker on a cold winter day while birds circle in a … Continue reading How to stay safe and fish hard all winter

350 miles versus 39 fishermen; a tale of two fishes

Max Appleman shook my hand pretty hard. We hadn’t met previously but both recalled a Fish Wrap piece from last year in which readers were encouraged to contact him regarding a potential change in striper regulations. A similar Fish Wrap piece with his contact information was picked up by The Pew Charitable Trust and widely … Continue reading 350 miles versus 39 fishermen; a tale of two fishes

Competition or not, September fishing is top notch

The world of competitive freshwater fishing is exciting to say the least and the Ocean State is lucky to have several groups who take advantage of our many fresh water resources and in many cases, relatively low fishing pressure.  Most groups have semi-regular standings and even hold banquets at season’s end but my experience has … Continue reading Competition or not, September fishing is top notch

New winds bring albies, bonito and chub mackerel

And just like that, leaves are falling. Barely September and that north wind is blowing back in windows for months hidden by shades and drying out dark garage corners where snow shovels lie forgotten. For now. That north wind has brought in bonito and bonita and pretty chub mackerel. Stripers are considering migrating, poachers are … Continue reading New winds bring albies, bonito and chub mackerel

New striped bass assessment needs our comments

Talk on the docks these days is the state of our striped bass fishery. Based on some recalculations of data points, the ASFMC determined that in 2017, the stock was overfished and overfishing was occurring. That assessment has triggered a regulatory review to bring the fishery back to the levels we determined to be healthy. … Continue reading New striped bass assessment needs our comments

The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

All part of the deal, the blindfold is on The blindfold was tight but part of the deal. That old green bandanna smelled of unpleasant sweat and salt but sacrifices are necessary when you want an inside line from the best fishermen. Bouncing through some southerly chop, the Simpson brothers were entrusting me to visit … Continue reading The Simpson brothers: salt pond pirates and dynamite fishermen

Is there writing on the stone wall for stripers?

After fishing on the rocks for two keeper stripers a night, we would lean on one tailgate, take two cold cans of beer from any icy remains in a soft cooler then walk to one long, sagging, stubborn stone wall. Through a sweet harmony of crickets and cicadas, we faced a farmers field of tall … Continue reading Is there writing on the stone wall for stripers?

Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?

Seems the HOV lane is open to the Cape Cod Canal. Last winter, Peter Vican and Don Smith gave a talk to the RI Saltwater Anglers Association about how they used to catch big stripers south of Block Island. They fished a few honey holes, mostly at night and with eels on the bottom. The … Continue reading Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?