Captain Ray Stachelek finds the fish

“I’m tight!” Ray Stachelek yelled from the stern of his Everglades 230 center console. After an hour searching for fish in foggy Galilee, Captain Ray had moved west, along the beach, staying in thirty feet of water, waiting for what he hoped would happen. Now, leaning over the port side, he pulled back on his … Continue reading Captain Ray Stachelek finds the fish

Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

After a tepid start, the summer flounder season has warmed but it sure does not look like a banner year. “The fluke have been a challenge. I have been getting some but it’s been work,” said East Bay fisherman Greg Vespe. Water temps have largely peaked and bait is plentiful so with those exceptional ten … Continue reading Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

Anyone who was in Boy Scouts before that deal imploded or had parents drag them around the country in an old summer vacation van should know how to use a compass. Understanding direction is key to navigating, especially in zero visibility. Most of us have a compass app on our smart phones, which means some … Continue reading Clearly, navigating a kayak in fog is easy

On the verge of a summer skunk, Dominic Gravelin saved the day

Morning could not have arrived more peacefully, laying down her winds to greet a full sun rising behind wisps of light cloud cover keeping fish daring in shallow waters. Kayak fishermen came from Massachusetts, Connecticut and all over Rhode Island. Hobie’s Fishing Team and The Kayak Centre were well represented. Pre-sunrise, Michael Pahlas adjusted his … Continue reading On the verge of a summer skunk, Dominic Gravelin saved the day

Sea bass, kingfish, big stripers and memories with your daughter

Some of our favorite Fish Wrap stories involve parents being outdoors with their children, carrying on traditions or teaching their next generation how amazing Nature and water can be. This week we are reminded how supremely fortunate to live where we live and having our kids around more makes it all the better. At the … Continue reading Sea bass, kingfish, big stripers and memories with your daughter

A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

The salt pond was unusually crowded with boats this past weekend. Not enough to require a “Knock It Off!” visit but far busier than expected. The physical and emotional lockdown we’re experiencing requires us to still have some outlet like hiking or fishing or even just shopping for something more fun than toilet paper. Dr. … Continue reading A new 6′ fishing rod would really help with social distancing

That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

“The guy came so close, he hit me with his mirror and knocked me off of my balance.” Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man. “It looked like he was slowing down a little bit, then he just kept going.” He fishes from a kayak, boats he built and the shore when albies are charging … Continue reading That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

We’re good, we’re confident, we’re going outside

  And now for something completely different: good news. Good news for a community reeling from postponed this and cancelled that, washing hands to the bones and standing guard over our Charmin stash. Seriously, the bright side of the coin now is an invitation to get back to our roots, the ones that used to … Continue reading We’re good, we’re confident, we’re going outside