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This 502 pound mako shark was caught Sunday by the vessel Booked Off.  Tony Guriano and his party were bottom fishing at the East Fishing grounds when the shark started to chase their catch.

Menhaden workshop; bass, fluke fishing on the rise

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has scheduled an Atlantic menhaden ecosystem management workshop for August 31 through September 1. This is an important step toward taking into full consideration the role and impact Atlantic menhaden have as a forage fish for striped bass, bluefish, tuna and a host of other species. Changes to

Lary Norin (back row, far right) was part of the team that boated this 290 pound thresher shark last week aboard Hot Reels Charters with Captains Louis DeFusco and Jack Sprengel.

Fishing regulations receiving pressure

During the past several months there have been a number of key proposed policy changes that if approved could greatly impact our fisheries. Some say the proposed changes will weaken regulations having a long term negative impact on fisheries, while others say the policy changes will have a positive impact on fishing immediately providing much

RJ and Quincy with the giant bluefish to 11 pounds they caught in Greenwich Bay when fishing in Take-a-Kid Fishing sponsored by the RI Saltwater Anglers.

‘Take a Kid Fishing’ big success

“This is the first fish I ever caught,” “I’ve never been on a boat before,” “I caught four fish so far,” “Thanks for taking us fishing.” These were some to the comments that 150 children between the ages of seven and thirteen had to say about the annual Take-a-Kid (TAK) fishing day Saturday sponsored by

Dan Thivierge of Warren caught this 43.6 pound striped bass Friday night off Colt State Park, Bristol, and weighed it in at Lucky Bait & Tackle in Warren.

No Fluke: Here’s how to clam it up

Have you always wanted to learn how to dig for clams and what type of equipment is needed? Now’s your chance. The program is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Sea Grant and features commercial shell fisherman Jody King, who will introduce participants to recreational clamming. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants

Frank Travis of North Kingstown with the 24” fluke he caught west of New Harbor, Block Island this week.

No Fluke: ‘The bass are getting larger’

Where’s the bite Striped bass. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “The bass are getting larger. Albert Bettencourt of Riverside weighed in a 33 pound striped bass for the Striper Maine Tournament which took second place. His grandson took second place too in the youth division with a 24 pound striped bass.

Scott Kiefer and his dog landed this 36” striped bass off Prudence Island last week using a Sebile Koolie Minnow lure.

House bill could change fishing laws

At press time a U.S. House of Representatives bill (H.R. 1335) authored by Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-AK) was scheduled to come before Congress. The bill, titled “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” reauthorizes the Magnuson-Stevens Act. There is a companion bill in the U.S. Senate as well. The Magnuson-Stevens Act

Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) will fish once again this year at the 8th Annual VIP Tournament being held on June 21. Call Ken Barthelemy at 401-828-0185.

Tournament for visually impaired open to applicants

The RI Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) will host their 8th Annual Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) of Rhode Island on June 21. The tournament, which takes place on a Frances Fleet party fishing boat, is supported through donations from RI Lions Clubs and individual donors. For the second year in a row, the tournament

John Migliori with a 4 pound 12 once largemouth bass he caught on Aquidneck Island using a Schadeycreek Chartreuse Dynamite Lure.

Striped Bass American Heritage Act

Noted underwater photographer Mike Laptew has teamed up with the Recreational Fishing Alliance to advocate for the Striped Bass American Heritage Act. The Act is a bill put before the U.S. Congress last week to designate the striped bass as the national fish. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Tom MacArthur. Mike Laptew who is

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