That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

“The guy came so close, he hit me with his mirror and knocked me off of my balance.” Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man. “It looked like he was slowing down a little bit, then he just kept going.” He fishes from a kayak, boats he built and the shore when albies are charging … Continue reading That Lawrence Thompson is a seriously strong man

Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

2010 was the first year of the Rhode Island Saltwater License Program, designed as an alternative to a federal license which became mandatory with a 2006 amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act. The amendment was written to begin more accurate capture of fisheries data like effort and landings. In a rare move, Rhode Island’s … Continue reading Saltwater license sales are strong and so are tackle store conversations

Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

It was heartening to see 80 people on a rainy February night at URI’s Corless Auditorium offering comments on the state’s proposed 2020 fisheries regulations but equally disappointing to hear so many fishermen advocate for killing smaller striped bass and more bluefish in light of our understanding that both stocks are overfished and in peril. … Continue reading Stripers, blues & elephants: they’re in trouble and we’re still talking about “us”

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

A second look at a few characters from 2019

Each year we take a few weeks to look back on not just the calendar but more significantly, the characters who make this weekly stew pot of news, predictions, sarcasm and marginally accurate reports occasionally readable. This week is no exception; we get to meet some of the coolest and finest people on the water. … Continue reading A second look at a few characters from 2019

Fish Wrap gets to join the Woman Angler Podcast

This week I was fortunate to be a guest on the awesome mid-western podcast, The Woman Angler and Adventurer. If you have a minute, give a listen please. The two hosts certainly know a lot about fishing, share our excitement for finding and catching fish and they're bringing a plane load of woman anglers to … Continue reading Fish Wrap gets to join the Woman Angler Podcast

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

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

Inspiration moves us brightly & Phil Capaldi knows it well

November’s cooling seawater is making for some red-hot fishing. Breachways, beachfronts and river mouths are full of stripers and in some spots, even a few false albacore. As long as an abundance of bait remains inshore, this streak should continue until the first real frost when stripers pick up the pace for southern climes and … Continue reading Inspiration moves us brightly & Phil Capaldi knows it well

Dynamite, Hobie Kayaks, Top Guns & Catching Some Albies…

It feels like dynamite. You can cast for twenty minutes, slam the rod against the gunwales, curse a blue streak or swear you hate fishing. You can pack so many jigs and snax into a plastic box that the lid cracks and cracks again before you finally give up trying to push it shut. It’s … Continue reading Dynamite, Hobie Kayaks, Top Guns & Catching Some Albies…