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

Tim Terranova finds big bass on the Bonita II

  Tim Terranova. Tim Terranova. That name should be in your mental Rolodex. Captain Tim Terranova runs the Bonita II, a 36’ Hatteras charter boat out of Watch Hill. He has the only commercial charter boat slip there, thanks to good fortune and a moment of his own charity. His pretty boat sits in fine … Continue reading Tim Terranova finds big bass on the Bonita II

A cast of characters keeps finding more fish

It’s always a cast of characters who make Fish Wrap work and this week is no exception. Salt and freshwater fishing has been pretty good these last few weeks and while striper season started off a little shaky, there’s pogies in the Bay with some decent sized bass chasing them while south of the bridges, … Continue reading A cast of characters keeps finding more fish

Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

Summer is a gift to fishermen and this year is no exception. Certainly it’s been a solidly slower striper year but there’s lots of speculations for that situation. Bass are moving south with the tourists to Brenton Reef, Beavertail and all those lovely south facing beaches where they charge locals to park, which is awful … Continue reading Stripers and tourists are moving south as waters warm

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

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

Volunteering is fine, a saddlebag full of bluegills is confusing

This week we deal with the recent past, the near future and the oddly confusing. TU volunteers giving up a Saturday to clean a road to preserve a river Members of Trout Unlimited’s Narragansett 225 chapter donated a recent Saturday to the State’s Adopt-A-Roadway program. TU members don’t just meet up to go fishing, they … Continue reading Volunteering is fine, a saddlebag full of bluegills is confusing

Notes from the couch with thanks for all you sportsmen and characters

Since getting off the couch was tricky on a recent holiday celebrating thankfulness and stuffing, it afforded me time to think. And thank. First of all, I’m thankful that I’m still here. Given my propensity for the occasional hoppy beverage and checking the “exercise” box after stretching to retrieve the paper out of a thorny … Continue reading Notes from the couch with thanks for all you sportsmen and characters

Poaching needs a judge who respects fish & fishermen

Poaching is back and apparently, as popular as ever. The recent arrest of a local businessman for being more than twice the normal average of greedy is, sadly, yet another reminder of man’s weakness when it comes to taking, which in this case, is the same as stealing. This was his third offence. Social media … Continue reading Poaching needs a judge who respects fish & fishermen

Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five

This just in. The Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association has placed administrator Brian Hall on injured reserve. Brian’s a pretty tough guy, a veteran and firefighter, kayak fisherman, freestyle eel wrestler and house party comedian. The last part is a work in progress.  I suspect his wife is tougher since she has to put up … Continue reading Brian Hall gets sidelined so read the Fish Wrap Five