Author Archives: Dave Monti

Agriculture Day with an aquaculture twist

What is a fishing writer doing writing about Agriculture Day?  Simple… it was about fishing and aquaculture too. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) along with local farmers, aquaculture associations, collaborations, universities and government agencies celebrated RI Agriculture Day (and aquaculture), May 1, in a big way. Forty eight exhibitors displayed and served

Molly Ean of Providence, an associated at Ocean State Tackle, caught this trout at a small pond in Exeter.

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Saltwater fishing regulations final The Department of Environmental Management’s Marine Fisheries Division announced final 2014 fishing regulations that were approved by director Janet Coit. Those regulations are a reflection of what was approved by the Marine Fisheries Council in April. Complete regulations for all species can be found on or on the RI Saltwater

Capt. Dave Monti with tautog… the spring season started April 15, the spring season limit is 3 fish/person/day with a ten fish boat limit.

Tautog season opens; experts share tips

Tautog season is open and anglers are hoping for a good season again this year. Tautog has a split season. The spring season ends May 31, so now is the time to fish for them as they are illegal to fish June 1 to July 31 during spawning season. Fish have to be sixteen inches,


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Recreational summit sets national fishing agenda Last week I attended NOAA’s Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit in Alexandria, Virginia with Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet and Capt. Rick Bellavance of Priority Too Charters, Pt. Judith. This was quite a showing for Rhode Island, as we were three of the 70 recreational fishermen, charter captains,

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West Bay Anglers raise $16,000 for charities “We just got $100!” said Pat Gallien, president of the West Bay Anglers,  performing his role as MC at the group’s final Lobster Raffle when a member walked up to him and handed him $100 to help take kids fishing.  “This type of thing happens all the time,”

Live bait yields big bass:  Capt. Blaine Anderson caught this 74.75 pound bass last May with a live scup. He will be the guest speaker March 19 at the Aquidneck Island Striper Team meeting.

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Warm water brings warm water fish Climate change and global warming continues to change the fishing environment around the world and right here in Rhode Island. Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, which is an increase in the average temperature of earth’s near-surface air and oceans. Global warming has been tracked since the mid-20th

Col—Monti—Photo D Winter Striper (2)

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Meeting yields clues about upcoming fishing regulations Four advisory panels including summer flounder (fluke), tautog, Atlantic Menhaden and scup/black sea bass of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) met last week. The results of the meeting give us some indication of what recreational fishing regulations will likely be for 2014. Here are some highlights:

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Fishing with windmills; Pabst tournament set for summer Last week, the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island hosted three fishermen from the United Kingdom. Merlin Jackson, John Nichols, and Colin Warwick spoke with several local fishermen about their experiences fishing with operating wind farms off their coast near Ramsgate, England. The fishermen spoke about mitigation,

Rainbow trout: Collin Fewster and his father Dave Fewster (an active member of the East Bay Anglers) landed their limit of rainbow trout ice fishing at Barber’s Pond in South Kingstown last week.

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Recreational anglers express concern about wind farm What studies have and will be done to measure the impact of this project on fish? Do we know how the vibrations will impact fish? Has Deepwater Wind built other wind farms? What about migrating birds, will some be killed by the wind mills?  How is this project

No Fluke: Stage set for summer flounder quota battle

Last week over seventy fishermen expressed their concern about proposed recreational summer flounder (fluke) regulations at an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) public hearing. The Commission regulates many of the species we fish for in Rhode Island waters, on a regional basis. The public hearing, held at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus,