Author Archives: Dave Monti

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

Shallow water tautog: Capt. Monti caught this eighth pound, 23” tautog, in 14’ of water at General Rock, North Kingstown, however, the fish have now moved to deeper water.

Tautog bite getting stronger

The tautog bite is on. Good sized fish are being caught off Newport in water up to 70 feet to the Sakonnet River and along the southern coastal shore. Reports of tautog in deeper water started to come in last week, prior to that the bite was restricted to shallow water and anglers were catching

Shore angler Gil Bell, Charlestown, with a 42”, 28.15 pound striped bass he took from the surf in South County. Gil said he has been catching and releasing bass in spite of “nasty and windy” conditions.

No Fluke: All about the bass

Despite increase in spawning stock, conservative bass regulations likely Striped bass is in the news again this week. Private recreational anglers, for-hire charter captains and commercial fishermen all say striped bass are a highly valued fishery in Rhode Island. Last week the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2014 juvenile index, which

Noah Gasperini (age 13) fished with Greg Vespe of Tiverton last week and hooked up with this black sea bass, as well as fluke, scup and a 20 pound striped bass.

Fall is a great time to fish

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall. With stripers and bluefish plentiful in Narragansett Bay, autumn is one of the best times of the year to fish. Hosted by the Division’s Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include an introduction to saltwater fly-fishing workshop and

Bruce Rich of Marlborough, Conn. with a huge (possibly a record breaking) false albacore he caught while fishing with Capt. Ray Stachelek of Cast-a-Fly Charters.

No Fluke: False albacore and bonito running hot

Capt. Ray Stachelek of East Greenwich is an expert fly fishing guide and at this time of year he specializes in taking anglers saltwater fishing for false albacore, bonito and striped bass. Last week Capt. Stachelek fished with Bruce Rick of Marlborough, Conn. Bruce hooked up with and landed one of the largest false albacores

Capt. Mike Warner with a false albacore he caught last Friday using a soft plastic lure.

No Fluke: Striped bass debate heats up

Since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) put new striped bass regulation options out for public hearing there has been a great deal of input for members of the ASMFC in Rhode Island and coast wide. The Commission took public comment under advisement until September 30 and will review comments to help inform their

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