Author Archives: Dave Monti

Double header sea bass: Ginny Reed of Bristol with the double header jumbo sea bass she caught Saturday, October 26 aboard the Frances Fleet.  Photo by Roger Simpson.

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DEM seeks public comment; tautog fishery heating up The Division of Fish and Wildlife of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will solicit public comment on a variety of management plan proposals at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. Written comments

Big bonito: Local author and expert angler Dave Pickering with the ten pound bonito he caught while fishing off southern coastal shores Saturday.

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Rhody Fly Rodders anniversary book; shellfish symposium A book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest saltwater fly fishing club in America, has been released by author Peter Nilsen of Barrington. The Rhody Fly Rodders decided to do something special to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s formation by Harold

Monti—Photo A Eric Lundgren and bonito v1

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 Tautog tips from the experts Tautog fishing is good and big fish are being caught. In fact, just three weeks ago Scott Kiefer of Exeter caught a 16-pound tautog in lower Narragansett Bay. Now is the time to tautog fish, as the bite is on and the weather is still mild. Chumming will enhance your

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Ocean planning: new film shows Rhode Island leading the way Did you hear the one about the striped bass and the seal?  The striped bass feeding on the Southwest Ledge off Block Island saw a seal feeding in the same area and said, “Scram Mr. Seal, this ledge is zoned for striped bass only.” Far-fetched?

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Fly fishing programs; flounder, bass assessments

DEM to hold fly fishing programs The DEM Fish & Wildlife Division’s Aquatic Resource Education program will hold fly fishing workshops in October and November.  Families with children over 10 years of age are encouraged to attend.  Programs range for beginner to advanced angler. “Fly-Fishing Express,” a fly-fishing safari around Aquidneck Island on the Old

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Pabst Blue Ribbon tournament winners The 2012 second annual Pabst Blue Ribbon striped bass and fluke tournament, one of the largest bass and fluke tournaments in the Northeast, concluded last Sunday, Sept. 22 with an awards ceremony at the Ocean Mist in South Kingstown. This year, the $10,000 first place striped bass boat division prize

The Bettencourts (Shane, Kevin and Nate) of East Providence with striped bass they recently caught off Newport in 40 to 50 feet of water using Atlantic Menhaden as bait, fishing with Billy Silvia of Can’t Imagine Charters.

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Boat show roundup; tautog fishing picking up The  annual Newport Boat Show was held last weekend—here is what caught my attention: Metan of Halifax, Mass. is a company that meticulously restores old Boston Whalers, Seacrafts and other vessels. Owner Michael Borrelli said, “We restored and sold thirteen 1969 Sakonnet Boston Whalers last year alone.” The

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Strange fish inshore; offshore fishing heating up A number of readers have asked about small unusual fish they are catching in saltwater close to shore. They have been identified as Northern Kingfish and tomcod (or tommy cod)—two different species. Northern Kingfish have a pronounced bar or strip marking.  They are bottom feeders. Best bait is

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NGS explorer Sylvia Earle to launch RWU marine biology program 40th anniversary celebration Roger Williams University will kick off the 40th anniversary of its marine biology program on Wednesday, September 25 with a presentation from Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, as part of their President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Earle has dedicated her work