Secrets & squid, hope for F/V Emmy Rose, fair winds for Carl Whitney & Captain Charlie Niles

Oh what a week it was. Big national news, big warm weather, big rains and still, thankfully, more fish. November has been an easy weather month, so far, which we may pay for later on but for now, let’s talk black sea bass, stubborn bluefish, togs, and squid while we adjust the straps on our … Continue reading Secrets & squid, hope for F/V Emmy Rose, fair winds for Carl Whitney & Captain Charlie Niles

Narragansett Surfcasters have Nelson Valles to thank for a mission of honor and community service

Fishing contests don’t make front page news in an age of scandals, accusations and reverse fake news. “Where you gonna run to when the world’s on fire?” asked Woodie Guthrie in his prophetic song, “Sowing on The Mountain.” While a country in turmoil reposes in front of big screens with talking heads working to sway … Continue reading Narragansett Surfcasters have Nelson Valles to thank for a mission of honor and community service

It was downhill right from the ramp

020 Darkness casually faded into the summer excitement of unloading boats for a day chasing albies and striped bass. Galilee’s new boat ramp, designed to launch three boats at once with sturdy docks for coming and going, was bustling. Overhead were stars and stripes of irritating early morning cigarette smoke mixed with hints of gas … Continue reading It was downhill right from the ramp

Captain Ray Stachelek finds the fish

“I’m tight!” Ray Stachelek yelled from the stern of his Everglades 230 center console. After an hour searching for fish in foggy Galilee, Captain Ray had moved west, along the beach, staying in thirty feet of water, waiting for what he hoped would happen. Now, leaning over the port side, he pulled back on his … Continue reading Captain Ray Stachelek finds the fish

Let Greg Vespe take the helm in Narragansett Bay

This month we have long days and warm nights to fish but by month’s end, we should take a night off from the beach and learn to catch more fish in Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association will present seasoned and generous fisherman, Greg Vespe, for a talk about catching fish at night … Continue reading Let Greg Vespe take the helm in Narragansett Bay

Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

After a tepid start, the summer flounder season has warmed but it sure does not look like a banner year. “The fluke have been a challenge. I have been getting some but it’s been work,” said East Bay fisherman Greg Vespe. Water temps have largely peaked and bait is plentiful so with those exceptional ten … Continue reading Stripers are up, fluke are down, scup are strangely attractive

Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

Over the last few years, it seems like the better saltwater fishing has edged its way into July when historically we might have switched to some largemouth chasing or just caught up on some sleep after a busy salty Spring. This week, striped bass are feeding hard along the south coast and points east and … Continue reading Aidan Kelley catches ‘em up as fishing just gets better

Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

RIDEM does it. Town Council’s do it. School Committees do it. Wine clubs, I mean book clubs, do it. Now the RI Saltwater Anglers Association is doing it. Replacing regular monthly Elks Lodge meetings famous for helpful speakers and plates of sausage and peppers dinner beforehand, with a ZOOM video feed is just one of … Continue reading Casting through Covid with Peter Jenkins and without sausage and peppers

On the verge of a summer skunk, Dominic Gravelin saved the day

Morning could not have arrived more peacefully, laying down her winds to greet a full sun rising behind wisps of light cloud cover keeping fish daring in shallow waters. Kayak fishermen came from Massachusetts, Connecticut and all over Rhode Island. Hobie’s Fishing Team and The Kayak Centre were well represented. Pre-sunrise, Michael Pahlas adjusted his … Continue reading On the verge of a summer skunk, Dominic Gravelin saved the day