Author Archives: Dave Monti

Shore angler Gil Bell, Charlestown, with a 42”, 28.15 pound striped bass he took from the surf in South County. Gil said he has been catching and releasing bass in spite of “nasty and windy” conditions.

No Fluke: All about the bass

Despite increase in spawning stock, conservative bass regulations likely Striped bass is in the news again this week. Private recreational anglers, for-hire charter captains and commercial fishermen all say striped bass are a highly valued fishery in Rhode Island. Last week the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2014 juvenile index, which

Noah Gasperini (age 13) fished with Greg Vespe of Tiverton last week and hooked up with this black sea bass, as well as fluke, scup and a 20 pound striped bass.

Fall is a great time to fish

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall. With stripers and bluefish plentiful in Narragansett Bay, autumn is one of the best times of the year to fish. Hosted by the Division’s Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include an introduction to saltwater fly-fishing workshop and

Bruce Rich of Marlborough, Conn. with a huge (possibly a record breaking) false albacore he caught while fishing with Capt. Ray Stachelek of Cast-a-Fly Charters.

No Fluke: False albacore and bonito running hot

Capt. Ray Stachelek of East Greenwich is an expert fly fishing guide and at this time of year he specializes in taking anglers saltwater fishing for false albacore, bonito and striped bass. Last week Capt. Stachelek fished with Bruce Rick of Marlborough, Conn. Bruce hooked up with and landed one of the largest false albacores

Capt. Mike Warner with a false albacore he caught last Friday using a soft plastic lure.

No Fluke: Striped bass debate heats up

Since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) put new striped bass regulation options out for public hearing there has been a great deal of input for members of the ASMFC in Rhode Island and coast wide. The Commission took public comment under advisement until September 30 and will review comments to help inform their

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

No Fluke

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.

No Fluke

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.

No Fluke

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