RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is proposing to incrementally increase fishing and hunting licenses and tag fees over the next eight years. These increases are listed in Article 7 as part of House Bill 7171, Relating to the Environment. Before anyone gets off the couch and onto the soapbox to preach about how expensive … Continue reading RI hunting and fishing license fees may increases

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”

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

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

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

stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

 This is the time. Bucktails, teaser flies, Cocahoe minnows. Seven foot medium weight rods for kayaks in salt ponds, ten foot surf rods for long beach casts.  Buckies, pogies, silversides. D.O.A. jerkbaits, topwater schoolie action and everything tipped with squid. Ready piles of fresh fluorocarbon leaders cut and tied last winter. Getting back into a … Continue reading stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

Trump, Trout Unlimited & The Cape Cod Salties

With that voice, that posture, that presence behind a table, Jack Creighton didn’t need to tell me he was a retired police chief. His service was as obvious as an unmarked police car. Jack’s the President of the Cape Cod Salties fishing club and it’s pretty clear he works hard to keep members focused on … Continue reading Trump, Trout Unlimited & The Cape Cod Salties