Holiday gift ideas for recreational anglers

Holiday gift ideas for recreational anglers

Jim Mancini works on his peanut bunker fly at a United Fly Tyers of R.I. meeting. Membership for a year is $30, which includes all supplies for 10 fly-tying meetings — a great holiday gift.

Jim Mancini works on his peanut bunker fly at a United Fly Tyers of R.I. meeting. Membership for a year is $30, which includes all supplies for 10 fly-tying meetings — a great holiday gift.
Wondering what to get your favorite recreational angler for the holidays? Here are some holiday gift ideas. Gift certificates at your local bait and tackle shop, Benny’s and stores like the Bass Pro Shop are always good, too.

• On the Water ($25 for an annual subscription) and Saltwater Sportsman ($18) are my favorite saltwater fishing magazines. Both feature many how-to articles, regular features on fishing gear, tackle, fishing tactics, and On the Water has weekly online local fishing reports. Visit or to purchase a gift subscription.

• United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island (UFTRI) annual membership dues are $30. If you know a fly fisherman — fresh or saltwater — they will appreciate this gift. Members meet in workshop form and learn how to tie one of five to six different flies each month. Beginners welcome. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Warwick. Visit

• “The Striped Bass 60++ Pound Club” paperback by Tony Checko costs about $21 at Both this book and the author’s 2008 version focus on striped bass of 60 pounds or more. The book includes the story of Peter Vican and his first record Rhode Island striped bass of 76 pounds, 14 ounces.

• Fishing lures cost $3 to $20. I’d like to mention three types that interest anglers: Surface lures, often referred to as poppers, stay on top of the water splashing. Swimming lures swim through the water. Finally, there are soft plastic baits of all types.

• Fish scales costs anywhere from $10 to $50. A combination fish gripper/scale is about $50, conventional scales range from $10 to $25, and digital fish scales are about $50. You can buy them at Benny’s, West Marine and local bait and tackle shops.

• A membership in the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) costs $50. One of the best organizations I’ve ever belonged to, this association is created by and for recreational saltwater anglers and the monthly seminars and education programs on fishing techniques and how to improve catches are great. The group supports marine conservation and fisheries resource management. Visit

• Saltwater Sportsman’s national fishing seminar series with host George Poveromo costs $55. This year, one of the six sessions (Feb. 2) is being held at Rhode Island College in Providence. George Poveromo is the host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” television program and editor-at-large for Salt Water Sportsman magazine. Two of the local captains at this session are Andy Dangelo of Maridee Charters and yours truly. The Saturday sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include six hours of fishing instruction by national and local captains, guides and George. This includes the seminar, a year’s subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, a goodie bag, door prizes and more. Register at

• “Cooking the Catch, Volume II,” by Dave “Pops” Masch ($25). Masch writes the “Cooking the Catch” and “Ask Pops” columns in On the Water magazine. From stripers, bluefish, scallops and tuna to sea robins, skates, eels and more, Pops explains the means to catch, clean, cook and eat the bounty that we enjoy in New England. Order through On the Water magazine at

• Museum-quality striped bass photo prints ($99) by noted sport fishing photographer Jim Levison. These beautiful fall run photos taken off of Montauk can be seen on Jim’s website ( Prints start at $99 for an un-framed 11×14-inch glossy finish ($299 framed).

• General fishing or how-to-fish charters range from $350 to $600 (depending on number of people, species targeted, boat size, etc.) for half a day. Hire a charter to help teach adults or children how to fish or to take experienced anglers fishing. Visit for a list of qualified charter captain members.

Fisheries Council meeting

Express your thoughts and concerns about fisheries management at the Monday, Dec. 3 R.I. Marine Fisheries Council meeting at Corless Auditorium on the University of R.I. Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and agenda items will include advisory panel reports and the results of the Nov. 8 public hearing. The council will also likely be voting on 2013 commercial fishing regulation recommendations for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and Atlantic herring. Visit for information and proposed regulation options.

Fly-tyers banquet

The United Fly Tyers of R.I. (UFTRI) will hold its annual Christmas banquet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Knights of Columbus hall on Sandy Lane in Warwick. The event will feature a meal, a guest speaker and raffle.

UFTRI is an educational organization dedicated to teaching fresh and saltwater fly-tying. Annual membership dues are $30. Tying vises and materials are available for use by guests (anyone attending for the first time), as well as any paid member. Visit for information.

Where’s the bite?

Cod fishing is good in shore. “The inshore bite for cod is pretty good. They are catching cod to 15 pounds at the old Brenton Tower location,” said Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle in Warwick. Meanwhile, the Francis Fleet reports a strengthening cod bite.

Tautog: Most of the good action has shifted out of the bay. Reported angler Gil Barao, “My son Travis and I fished out in front of Newport (Brenton Reef area) and it was a very slow. We moved around a lot before we finally found them in 50 feet of water. They weren’t near the red cans today; we found them further east. We ended up with seven keeper tautog to 21 inches and one keeper black sea bass.”

John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle said, “The bite is there but spotty from the shore near the Samsonite plant and off the Wharf Tavern in Warren with a good tautog bite at Rocky Point.”

According to Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, “Tautog fishing at Kettlebottom off Jamestown, in the Newport Brenton reef area and at the Brenton Tower all seems to be pretty good.”

Both the Francis Fleet and Seven B’s party boats out of Point Judith report a good tautog bite most of last week and this past Saturday.

Capt. Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing on Narragansett Bay for more than 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Your fishing photos in jpeg form, stories, comments and questions are welcome. Visit Capt. Dave’s No Fluke website at or e-mail him at [email protected]