All fish are equal but some conservation equivalency is more equal than others

In preparation for a return of striped bass and regulations to protect them, RIDEM held a pre-hearing workshop to discuss potential changes. In an era of social media fueled easy complaining, these workshops are a direct action of the state listening to people say they can’t attend the formal hearing, are microphone shy or just … Continue reading All fish are equal but some conservation equivalency is more equal than others

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

Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

On February 21, my good friend Peter Jenkins at The Saltwater Edge hosted another excellent Surf Night. Peter brought in Dave Anderson and Gerry Audet to walk us through finding fish on a make-believe spot they’re calling Mystery Island. The deal was, based on all kinds of parameters which easily will transfer to your favorite … Continue reading Crafty One Customs, circle hooks and icy February coolers

It’s officially an unofficial win for the Narrow River

This story was somehow lost in the mix and should have been posted a few weeks ago. It happens... The First Annual Narrow River Kayak Multi-Species Fishing Tournament went off without a hitch last weekend and when all the numbers were tallied, the river came in first place. Block Island’s Geoff Hall squeezed off a … Continue reading It’s officially an unofficial win for the Narrow River

Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

This week we’re all about pats on the back, hands behind the back and fishing some sweet backwaters. Congratulations first off to Tom Adams of the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association who earned first place in the Why Knot Albie Shootout. Fishing was tough as a railroad spike apparently but Tom kept at it and … Continue reading Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

Kayak fishermen help pay off a personal debt to The Jimmy Fund

It takes a lot of work to keep things simple. It was barely 3 a.m. when Ryan Dubay pulled into the deeply rutted West Island Town Beach parking lot in Fairhaven, Ma. His headlights turned the heads of a dozen guys already milling around their trucks or lightly dozing inside cabs. Bed lights lights sliced […]

“Ryan Dubay & the Yak Patrol Kayak Clash

This week, Ryan Dubay and one very excellent reason to celebrate survival.  Ryan is once again hosting his Yak Patrol Kayak Clash in Fairhaven, Mass. to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Kayak fishing's popularity has exploded in recent years so naturally, tournaments have been created in the spirit of competition, comradery and prizes. This is the fourth year … Continue reading “Ryan Dubay & the Yak Patrol Kayak Clash

Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

The 2018 New England Saltwater Fishing Show was another major success. The annual three day event drew around 15,000 men, women and children to see the biggest names in rods, reels, boats, lures, charter captains and the newest fashions. Produced by the 7,500 member strong RI Saltwater Anglers Association, this year was exceptionally busy. Elisa … Continue reading Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

Good for Narragansett Surfcasters, RI Kayak Bassin, Bad for Segar Cove

The Narragansett Surfcasters held their 5th Annual Surf Day and Used Tackle Sale and as expected, the day was a big success. More than 250 people looked over thirty tables piled high with reels, waders, plugs and flies. Fishermen went in droves to shake off some winter rain, shake hands with friends they hadn’t seen … Continue reading Good for Narragansett Surfcasters, RI Kayak Bassin, Bad for Segar Cove

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.