Author Archives: Dave Monti

Eight year old Jack O’Grady of South Kingstown with cod fish he caught on the Frances Fleet.

No Fluke

Fish mangers set quotas for 2015 The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) reviewed and maintained previously established commercial quotas and recreational harvest limits for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass for the 2015 fishing season. So in all likelihood this will translate to limits close to

Matthew McCabe with the record 36.2 pound cobia he weighed in at Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren.

‘That’s no shark, it’s a cobia’

Matthew McCabe caught a record-breaking cobia off Newport last week. Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle in Warren said, “We weighed the fish in at 36.2 pounds and if that weight holds this will be a state record. The fish was 48.5 inches with a girth of 23.5 inches. Matthew lives in Warwick and

Josh Davis and Matt Parker, both of Barrington, hold up two of the monster stripers they caught on a recent evening fishing trip off Block Island.

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Great Outdoor Pursuit big success Team prizes for the 2014 Great Outdoors Pursuit were recently awarded to winners at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown. The program aims to reunite families with the outdoors, encourage more physical activity and help build the next generation of environmental stewards. This year 407 teams registered for the event including

Many anglers are catching their limit of black sea bass (three fish/angler/day).  Steve Brustein of West Warwick with a black sea bass he caught off Newport last week.

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More conservative striped bass regulations on the way The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved more conservative regulations in addendum IV for public comment to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The draft addendum proposes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013

Bass bite strong: Last week Frank Correia, Bryan Hennessey, Dennis Leonti, Paul Ferreira and Chris Correia of Bristol landed bass to 40 pounds at Block Island.

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Get ready for furious runs It’s the middle of the fishing season and it’s time to start thinking about bonito and false albacore. Last year few false albacore were around but local anglers caught their share of bonito. Both of these species are hard to catch, but have thrilled local fishermen with their furious runs,

Liam Teixeira of Bristol landed this 40” striped bass at Block Island last week when fishing with his friend captain Ed Mack aboard Midnight. Liam was fishing with live eels.

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DEM looking “Lean” Hat’s off to Janet Coit, director of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and her staff.  She instituted a “Lean” initiative in her department and we are starting to see the benefits with proposals and programs that are streamlining the way her department does business. The Marine Fisheries Division’s Rhode Island Marine

Logan Lemay of Bristol with the 21” weakfish he caught in Greenwich Bay.

Family fishing fun

I had the privilege of fishing with three different families this week, all with children from seven to fourteen years old. Some were learn-to-fish charters and others were just keeping up with the kids — like fourteen year old Alex Noga of New York who keet landing fish after fish after fish.  We used no

First place thresher and overall tournament winner was a 295 pound thresher caught by Adam Littlefield (right), North Kingstown with captain of the Striker, Russ Blank. The Snug Harbor Marina Shark Tournament was held this weekend.

The Striker strikes with a 295 pound thresher

Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, ended their two day shark tournament Sunday with a 295 pound thresher taking the tournament’s top prize. Adam Littlefield of North Kingstown caught the fish while aboard the Striker captained by Russ Rand. Al Conti of Sung Harbor said, “57 boats and 200 anglers participated in the tournament, and 43

Eight pound fluke:  Tom Popick (right) from South Windsor, CT with the eight pound fluke he caught aboard the Francis Fleet last week.

Fooling fish with soft plastics

“Vibration and color are important when using soft plastic baits.” said Al Gagliarducci, owner and designer of Al Gag’s Custom Lures since 1978. He spoke to 250 fishermen last week at a Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) seminar on ‘Fooling fish with soft plastics.’ “Fish can feel vibrations and can tell the difference between