George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” on the NBC Sports Network, and editor-at-large for Salt Water Sportsman, will headline the program, along with Tom Richardson, noted New England angler and a prominent fishing writer and editor.
Eleven captains and fishing experts will be on stage including local captain Andy Dangelo, an authority on catching tuna, sharks, trophy fluke, blackfish and cod with his charter boat, Maridee II and yours truly.
Tickets are $55, which covers six hours of instruction from the best pros in the business and a gift bag that includes a textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman and a host of other items. Participants receive chances to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes. The grand prize is a Bahamas fishing trip for two to the Bimini Sands Resort and Marina. The super grand prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the series, is a new Mako Pro Skiff 17-foot center console.
Register by calling 800/448-7360 or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
Dave Pollack and Capt. Ray Stachelek are organizing volunteers for the annual Cinder Worm fly-tying and fishing program with R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW) service at their Kettle Pond Nature Center. The program includes fly-tying workshops on April 30 and May 6, and then fly-fishing with the flies at Ninigret Pond on Saturday, May 11.
Volunteers are needed for the program. USFW and DEM will provide tools, materials and tackle for the sessions. Contact Dave Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org or Capt. Ray Stachelek at email@example.com.
Tautog benchmark assessment
This spring, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will begin work on the 2014 benchmark stock assessment for tautog, used to evaluate the health of the tautog stock and inform the management of this species. Meetings are open to the public and will start in March (date and meeting locations to be determined).
The commission welcomes the submission of data sources that will improve the accuracy of the assessment. This includes, but is not limited to, data on landings and discards (commercial and recreational), catch-per-unit effort, biological samples (length, age, frequency), and life history information (growth, maturity, fecundity, spawning stock biomass weights, natural mortality).
Contact Dr. Katie Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703/842-0740. The deadline for data submission is Friday, Feb. 22.
Sharpen your boating skills
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a range of courses this winter to help boaters sharpen their skills.
The North Star Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering four courses starting Feb. 4; two end in March and one in June. The four courses are Boating Skills and Seamanship, Sailing Skills and Seamanship and Navigation (beginning and advanced).
On Monday, Feb. 4, the Flotilla is offering an eight-week course on boating skills and seamanship and a sailing skills and seamanship. The power boat classes are $85 and sail classes are $95. Both classes meet twice a week on Monday and Thursday for eight weeks. The navigation class meets Mondays for 17 weeks and the cost is $160. All courses are held at Toll Gate High School in Warwick. You can visit the Flotilla’s website at www.northstarflotilla.com or call Roz Butziger at 401/739-6028.
You can also join a local flotilla, which is the basic organizational unit of the Auxiliary; there are several in Rhode Island. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community and you enjoy the water, the Coast Guard Auxiliary might be the right place for you to volunteer. You can serve doing on-water operations, in the Auxiliary’s public education program, the vessel safety check program, be a radio watch stander, help with Coast Guard recruiting, work on marine environmental protection or with Coast Guard administration.
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 www.noflukefishing.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.