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Roman Ramirez of Providence with the three pound scup (porgy) he caught when fishing on the Gail Frances party boat last week.

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Fish mangers to determine striped bass regulations Last week the Rhode Island commissioners to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) held a striped bass input meeting at the URI Bay Campus. Steve Medeiros of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) said in a position letter to the ASMFC, that RISAA (who represents 7,500 recreational

Harry (11) and his brother Jameson Hogan-Shaw (7) with a sack of summer flounder, sea bass and sea robin filets they caught while fishing with grandparents Mary Shaw and Bruce Bowen.

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Where’s the bite Ernie Beckwith of Connecticut fly fished for bonito and false albacore Thursday in front of Nappatree Point, Westerly.  Ernie said “The fish weren’t very finicky Thursday, there were good numbers of them and before you knew it I boated three false albacore and two small bonito.” Reports of false albacore have been

Everett Baldwin (7) of East Providence landed this bluefish when fishing Block Island with his father John Baldwin.

Now is the time to buy a boat

So you want to buy a boat. You are in luck. It is the perfect time of year as sellers of new and used boats are anxious to sell before winter. And, this is the perfect week to look at a lot of power or sailboats, all at one time, at the Annual Newport International

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

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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

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