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How and where to fish on the Narrow River

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You want to fish or enhance your fishing on Narrow River, Narragansett. You’ve heard it yields a lot of fish with holdover striped bass much of the year. But where should you fish? Where are the sandbars and holes where bait and fish hang out?

You are in luck. You can get a bird’s eye view of holes and sandbars on the Narrow River with exceptional drone photography and freeze-frame images from fly fishing and light tackle expert Capt. Ray Stachelek of Cast-a-Fly Charters.

Capt. Stachelek and three other club experts (Keld Olsson, Dave Pollack and Geno Rapa) will conduct a Rhody Fly Rodders seminar on fishing the Narrow River on Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Sportsmen’s Association, 1 Mohawk Drive, East Providence. Experts will also review what to fish and when. And, you will have a chance to take a close look inside their tackle boxes.
For information contact Rhody Fly Rodders president Peter Nilsen at pdfish@fullchannel.net or 401/245-7172.

National Seminar Series comes to Providence

The 32nd Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall, 600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence. The hosts of the seminar will be George Poveromo of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on NBC Sports and Tom Richardson, noted local authority on fishing the coastal waters of New England and a prominent fishing writer and editor.
The National Seminar Series is the nation’s longest-running and most popular educational course on recreational marine fishing tactics and techniques. The eight city tour is designed to review where to catch saltwater fish within that region, inshore, near shore and offshore. Teams of top local pros and nationally-recognized saltwater angling authorities serve as the faculty.

Local captains that will headline the Providence seminar are a Who’s Who in the charter fishing industry in Rhode Island. Expert national faculty will also be on hand, along with extensive course offerings. The Seminar Series kicks off at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 3 p.m. The Seminar Series is $55 and covers five hours of instruction, a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, one Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis as well as a number of sponsor gifts and coupons, and chances to win thousands of dollars of door prizes. The Grand Prize at the conclusion of the Providence seminar is a Florida Keys fishing trip with a Super Grand Prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the 2019 series, is a new Mako Pro Skiff 17 cc. Register online for the Providence seminar at www.nationalseminarseries.com or call 800/448-7360.

Rhode Island Boat Show committed to expand

Hats off to Russ and Debbie Wood of Wood Boat & Motor of Warwick for taking on the task of organizing a Rhode Island boat show this year. Without their efforts we would not have had one in Rhode Island this winter.

Debbie Wood, show organizer said, “Our aim is to build on the Show’s success and make it a bit larger next year. We are focusing on boats, boating gear and supplies and trying to leave out the cookware.”

Here’s what a few of the exhibitors had to say about the new Rhode Island Boat Show:

Matt Bosgraaf, manager of the Kayak Centre in Wickford, who displayied a number of kayaks, paddle boards and gear said, “It was a successful show for us with a number of folks signing up for our spring demo days to try out our boats. These shows are funny, it will be mid-summer and someone will walk in and buy a kayak and say they saw us at the Rhode Island Boat Show in Providence.” Visit www.kayakcentre.com.

Ramsey Chason, new Rhode Island SeaTow franchise manger (who owns SeaTow franchises on the Cape and Islands) said, “We are committed to enhance our fleet in Rhode Island. With boats like this 28’ Zodiac tow boat (on display at the show). This renewed commitment to Rhode Island has been well received.” Russ Wood, show organizer said, “On Saturday SeaTow had already sold more than they had at last year’s show.” Visit www.seatow.com.

Capt. Hal Records of Wickford was at the show introducing a new product… Pivyt Post which provides a new way to launch and haul boats on and off trailers in an easy, safe and dry way. Capt. Records said, “This is the first show we have ever attended. Our patent for Pivyt Post was just granted last month. We have sold product at the show and just as import introduced the Rode Island boating community to our exciting new product.” Pivyt Post is a gravity powered positioning mast that places the winch hook where and when it is needed to make launching and hauling boats easier. Visit www.pivytpost.com.

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net or visit his website at www.noflukefishing.com.

Dave Monti

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