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First place thresher and overall tournament winner was a 295 pound thresher caught by Adam Littlefield (right), North Kingstown with captain of the Striker, Russ Blank. The Snug Harbor Marina Shark Tournament was held this weekend.

The Striker strikes with a 295 pound thresher

The Striker strikes with a 295 pound thresher

Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, ended their two day shark tournament Sunday with a 295 pound thresher taking the tournament’s top prize. Adam Littlefield of North Kingstown caught the fish while aboard the Striker captained by Russ Rand. Al Conti of Sung Harbor said, “57 boats and 200 anglers participated in the tournament, and 43

Eight pound fluke:  Tom Popick (right) from South Windsor, CT with the eight pound fluke he caught aboard the Francis Fleet last week.

Fooling fish with soft plastics

“Vibration and color are important when using soft plastic baits.” said Al Gagliarducci, owner and designer of Al Gag’s Custom Lures since 1978. He spoke to 250 fishermen last week at a Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) seminar on ‘Fooling fish with soft plastics.’ “Fish can feel vibrations and can tell the difference between

Bass on the Troll: Liam Teixeira and his dad Bill of Bristol, RI landed this 36” striper last week while trolling with tube & worm in Narragansett Bay.

No Fluke: Black sea bass season opens

The black sea bass season opened this past Sunday, June 29 with the first sub-period running until August 31 with a three fish/person/day limit. The second sub-period runs from September 1 to December 31 with a seven fish/person/day limit. Anglers have been catching keeper size black sea bass since early spring, well before the season

Flukezilla:  Lary Norin of Cumberland with the 31”, 12.06 pound summer flounder (fluke) he caught when fishing in the Jamestown Bridge area on Friday.

Fluke tips and where to find them

Fluke fishing was good once again this week.  Here are some fluke fishing tips and where to find them. Fish when the tide/current and wind are going in the same direction. Fluke face into the current to feed, so you want to drag your bait over them, drifting with the tide and wind when in

Mix it up:  Mike Imbornone of North Kingstown landed a 38” striped bass while fishing the Poppasquash Point, Bristol area using tube and worm.

No Fluke

Now is the time to fish for striped bass in the Bay Striped bass fishing is hot in Narragansett Bay. So if you were thinking of giving it a try on your boat or from shore, now is the time to do it. When the water warms in July the striped bass have a tendency

Capt. Monti & circle hooks – Photo C
Capt. Monti with a striped bass landed using a circle hook and chucked Atlantic Menhaden (pogy).

Favorite ways to catch and release striped bass

We have a good amount of bait in the water, from Atlantic Menhaden (pogies) to squid, silversides and worms from hatches. This translates into great striped bass fishing. The action is hot but sometimes catching bass can be difficult, you need to mix it up with different baits and fish where the fish are feeding.

Big bass making their way into the bay

Striped bass fishing continues to explode. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, East Providence said, “There are tons of small bass being caught in the Providence River off Sabin Point and Beach Road behind the Carousel (East Providence). Anglers are also landing bass from the bridges in Barrington and Warren. Some are floating clam

Squid are in:  John Migliori of Newport with a squid he caught on the Goat Island bridge in Newport last week.  Migliori said, “Squidding at Goat Island is better than it has been in a few years.”

No Fluke

Fishing tournament for the visually impaired; strong bite throughout bay The RI Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) will host their 7th Annual VIP Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) of Rhode Island on June 22. The tournament, which takes place on a party fishing boat out of Galilee, is supported through donations from RI Lions

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

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