Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

Albies. Albies. Albies. We wait and wait for them, we look to Captain Ray Stachelek to predict their arrival date, which he does with miraculous accuracy, we watch videos of Captain Rene Letourneau catching them on the fly and we stock up on supplies. We wonder if white Albie Snax will be the ones this … Continue reading Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

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

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

Fishing’s been difficult & the Simpson’s are back

Bob Kolb and the Speedy McSkiff crew find the fish Fishing has been difficult. It’s been difficult to concentrate, paddle or steer. It’s been difficult to catch, land or even release. With so many distractions on waters fresh and salt, fishing’s been difficult because things keep getting in the way. It’s been difficult to pack … Continue reading Fishing’s been difficult & the Simpson’s are back

Freshwater bite is hot, pogies & people hit the beaches

Spring is getting busy on the lakes, rivers and rock walls. In the mist of all the rain and wind, Spring is for fishing and between the hot largemouth bite, emerging salt ponds stripers and shad trees ready to pop, a few more warm days and this state will be awash in fish stories.   … Continue reading Freshwater bite is hot, pogies & people hit the beaches

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.

Fish Wrapping Up 2017, Part One

So it is, the end of another year and we’ve been so fortunate to report on people searching for and catching fish, people protecting resources and people who were just straight away characters. We started by meeting Mike Lee, proud new owner of Al’s Goldfish Lure Company, the perfect lure that’s likely caught a million … Continue reading Fish Wrapping Up 2017, Part One

How storms affect fish and fishing, with some help from Pliny the Elder.

This piece was first written to address pressure which affect fishing, aside from those leveled by significant others who watch chores go undone and front lawns turn to hay fields because the bluefish bite was hot. Then along came Sean Ward. Sean writes a fishing blog across the pond and he has articulately expanded on … Continue reading How storms affect fish and fishing, with some help from Pliny the Elder.

Albies Rise while Benny’s Sinks

The first schools of albies were seen feeding south of Block Island, now they’re moving inland from the mouth of Narragansett Bay to Watch Hill, bringing a level of excitement equal to Spring’s first stripers. Captain Rene Letourneau of On The Rocks Charters has been finding them on the fly around Newport, surf casters have … Continue reading Albies Rise while Benny’s Sinks

A Fish Whisperer & An End to the Trailer Trash Saga

So I called the Fish Whisperer. Now is when stripers really head for Block Island but they are fickle, their appetites fluctuate and frustrate. Catching them doesn’t seem to be as easy as it was years back. That said, Islanders enjoy a long view of those beaches and bony shorelines where bait hangs and birds … Continue reading A Fish Whisperer & An End to the Trailer Trash Saga