Largemouth, ducks, a Go-Devil & chicken soup. Hell yeah, that’s Fall in RI

The Rhode Island Kayak Bassin’ tournament season has wrapped up for 2018. Administrators Matt Tetreault and RJ Alves successfully created a few months of fun for freshwater fishermen, taking anglers to some of this state’s most beautiful water bodies and reminding us how much fun largemouth bass fishing can be. Saltwater fishermen tend to get … Continue reading Largemouth, ducks, a Go-Devil & chicken soup. Hell yeah, that’s Fall in RI

Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back

In fuzzy world of printed newspapers and this new interweb thing, frequently there's a delay between when words are bound and when they go digital. That said, the following may seem a bit dated in our instant everything world but Gabe Littlefield's story is important and if even just one more person donates to the … Continue reading Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back

Trading anything for more time in the Maine woods

"Sure, I'd say you should use it until the Sheriff shows up." That was some solid advice from Mark Peters of Mattawamkeag, Maine, standing in a sweat stained t-shirt, poling a canoe up the Penobscot River, telling us without asking of meeting a missionary from Hell, offering tips for converting young elms into true canoe … Continue reading Trading anything for more time in the Maine woods

Save Potter Pond brought Barcelona to South County

“Ready? We can change the world!” cried Sam, captain of a floating, rolling dock anchored in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond. With a southern breeze freshening, seven players and singers from Barcelona blessed Segar Cove with riffs and some long, amazing Flamenco harmonies while some forty boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, jet-skis and a solo … Continue reading Save Potter Pond brought Barcelona to South County

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 […]

A fisherman’s social, a bucket of eels & a sharp hook in the eye

It only took a few degrees of separation from cold and rain to warm up the shoreline and welcome back stripers. Squid have slowly appeared in the lower bay followed by a few tautog. From Jerusalem’s West Wall to the beaches of Jamestown and Newport, schoolies reappeared en mass in May, finally signalling the real … Continue reading A fisherman’s social, a bucket of eels & a sharp hook in the eye

“A season’s first trout with a hundred pigeons to fight poaching”

Amazing. Everybody waits. Ladies and gentlemen, crouched forward on cold seats, crowded into low sided skiffs, pacing around barely green shorelines. Everybody waits. A few without their glasses look to those young enough to read a watch in the dusky light of early Spring. 6 a.m. comes when it’s ready but until that very moment, … Continue reading “A season’s first trout with a hundred pigeons to fight poaching”

“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

Trout Season Starts at With Tommy Thompson and The Perryville Trout Hatchery

For April’s second Saturday, we have planned and waited, packed and repacked. Cursed for pre-dawn shivers in frigid canoes or poorly chosen float tubes, loved for an inevitable warm rising sun, remembered for simple pleasures of reopening tackle boxes, fly cases and rod tubes, Rhode Island’s official opening of trout season means more than just wetting a line.

Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons

“Whenever I can bear that damned cold weather,” said the fishermen. Whitecaps frosted a small town pond tucked away in plain sight. Only one person was out there fishing through the cold and wind. March gripped winter tightly as the fisherman worked hard for his catch. He knew storms raise and crash barometric pressures, making … Continue reading Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons