350 miles versus 39 fishermen; a tale of two fishes

Max Appleman shook my hand pretty hard. We hadn’t met previously but both recalled a Fish Wrap piece from last year in which readers were encouraged to contact him regarding a potential change in striper regulations. A similar Fish Wrap piece with his contact information was picked up by The Pew Charitable Trust and widely … Continue reading 350 miles versus 39 fishermen; a tale of two fishes

Competition or not, September fishing is top notch

The world of competitive freshwater fishing is exciting to say the least and the Ocean State is lucky to have several groups who take advantage of our many fresh water resources and in many cases, relatively low fishing pressure.  Most groups have semi-regular standings and even hold banquets at season’s end but my experience has … Continue reading Competition or not, September fishing is top notch

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

Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?

Seems the HOV lane is open to the Cape Cod Canal. Last winter, Peter Vican and Don Smith gave a talk to the RI Saltwater Anglers Association about how they used to catch big stripers south of Block Island. They fished a few honey holes, mostly at night and with eels on the bottom. The … Continue reading Is it time for a catch and release striper fishery?

SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

What if the State held a meeting about the future of our outdoor recreation and no one went? How would we know how our parks, beaches, woods and trails were being managed, purchased or changed? Public participation in public policy is tricky since couches are more comfortable than podiums and screaming at the nightly news … Continue reading SCORP is guiding the future of public lands, parks and beaches but probably could use some GORP

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

It serves us right to suffer if we don’t comment now

RI DEM held a very informative Marine Fisheries Informational Workshop this past Tuesday. I had the John Lee Hooker song, “Serves Me Right To Suffer” stuck in my head. Workshops are designed to offer us information about particular sectors, seasons, rules or proposals with some preliminary data and all comments are off the record, it’s … Continue reading It serves us right to suffer if we don’t comment now

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

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

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