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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

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

Capt. Charlie Donilon at the helm of the F/V Snappa tells students in mate school that it is their job to inform customers about Port of Galilee history.

Great Outdoors Pursuit registration opens

DEM invites Rhode Islanders to reconnect with the great outdoors, get active and have fun by joining the 2015 Great Outdoors Pursuit. Teams of children and adults will be challenged to visit different facilities and take part in outdoor adventures and learn about environmental and health issues over a 12-week period. They earn points for

Capt. Charlie Donilon of Snappa Charters instructs Jack Chivers, South Kingstown, on how to tie a dropper loop fishing knot.

Trout larger and more plentiful this year

Reports are in from opening day of trout season this Saturday and most feel the fish are larger and more plentiful. Thousands of anglers were on hand to catch their limit of five trout with over 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, rainbow, brown trout stocked by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in about 100 locations. Angler

A tradition in his family: Nick Woodbine of Warwick fished Frenchtown Pond, North Kingstown on opening day 2014 with his two brothers and uncle, Chris Choquette.

Ice cut to stock ponds for opening day

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife had to cut holes in the ice for to stock ponds this past Saturday. Most of the state’s freshwater anglers are expected to turn out at 6 a.m. to fish on opening day, Saturday, April 11. Hatchery- raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an

Fisheries experts meet on strategy for growing recreational fish stocks

“Ecosystem-based fisheries management is a way to sustain the benefits people get from the ocean by accounting for the interconnections among marine life, humans and the environment.” That’s the way Greg Wells of Pew Charitable Trusts kicked off the 2015 Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. Wells defined ecosystem-based fisheries management for the 86 invited

Striped bass prize:  Mike Testa of Jamestown with a striped bass he caught while fly fishing with Capt. Ray Stachelek.

No Fluke: Did you see that swirl?

It happens in May and June in New England. The water in our coves becomes alive with striped bass swirling on the surface and bluefish crashing cinder worms that are dancing on the surface. It’s very much a sight-fishing experience. You can see the worms and the striped bass feeding on the surface. Cinder worms

Heidi Reid of Stur-Dee Boat Co., Tiverton, RI makes the same Amesbury Dory boat design her father made when he started the company 1947.

No Fluke: What I liked at the fishing show

“The show this weekend was very good. The threat of snow Sunday must have hurt us somewhat and it died off quickly by mid-afternoon. If it wasn’t for that we were on track for it to have been our highest attended yet,” said Steve Medeiros, president of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, sponsors of the