Author Archives: Dave Monti

2015 saltwater fishing regulations, license bill and fishing show this week

Last Monday’s Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) recreational regulation workshop and public hearing meetings combined what normally takes place over four different evenings into one night. Traditionally participation at specie Advisory Panel meetings held over four different evenings is limited (three to six fishermen, fifteen or twenty if an important issue was being discussed).  At

Mobilize now to impact fishing regulations for 2015

The biggest 2015 recreational fishing regulation meeting in Rhode Island will occur Monday, February 16 at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. At this meeting, regulation amendments to recreational fishing management plans for summer flounder, striped bass, tautog, scup, black sea bass and others will be

No Fluke

Ice fishing for charity The annual Kevin Thatcher Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crystal Lake. The tournament will benefit “Between the Cracks,” a local non-profit that helps families in need. Crystal Lake Golf Course, Big Bear Bait & Tackle and Ted’s Bait Shop

World record tautog – Angler Kenneth Westerfeld of Bayside, NY with the 28.8 pound tautog he caught last week. The fish could be a new world record if verified by the IGFA.

No fluke

DEM stocks ponds with trout The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) plans to stock eight ponds with 3,000 trout this week for the winter fishing season. Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Olney Pond, Lincoln; Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth; and Round Top Ponds, Burrillville will be stocked with trout.

No Fluke

Commercial fishing recommendations made by Council; “lean” initiative works The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) met last week to make recommendations on 2015 regulations for commercial scup, black sea bass, monkfish and summer flounder (fluke). The Council reviewed stock status and public comments on proposed recommendations for specie management plans and voted status quo

Capt. Ted McDermott, Narragansett holds a 21 pound cod caught by Roger Simpson on the Frances Fleet last week.

Holiday gifts for fishermen

I can remember sitting on my deck at home and throwing littleneck quahogs on the grill to cook. They would open easily… we would add lemon and hot sauce and eat them as appetizers.  The odds were 50-50 that you would get one cooked but dried out as all the natural juices of the quahog

Capt. BJ Silvia of Flippin Out Fishing Charters, Portsmouth, with a huge 13 pound tautog he caught when fishing off Newport last week.

DEM’s “Lean” initiative big success

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?  It did last Thursday night at the URI  Graduate School of Oceanography as commercial fishermen met at a Department of Environmental Management (DEM) workshop and public hearing to discuss summer flounder (fluke), scup, black sea bass and monk fish regulations for 2015. In the past fisherman

Chris Panerillo from North Kingstown with a nice brace of tog to nine pounds he caught Saturday aboard the Lady Frances party boat out of Pt. Judith.

How much is a fish worth?

“U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent from 2011 to 2012,” according to an April NOAA Fisheries economics report. In regard to the value of a pound of

Jenn Cofske of Worcester, Mass. with a 21 pound cod she caught Saturday on the Frances Fleet, her first cod ever.

Fly tying and fish politics

The Rhody Fly Rodders will feature Page Rogers, noted fly caster, fly tyer and photographer at their 6:30 p.m., November 18 meeting at the Riverside Sportsman’s Club, East Providence. Page, a pastor of Christ Church, will present on fly fishing for false albacore. She is famous for trying epoxy flies, particularly her lifelike imitations of