A thinking man’s, and woman’s, sport

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT. DAVE MONTIDave Gordon, of North Kingstown, with the bass he caught on Father's Day with his son Chris, of Narragansett.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT. DAVE MONTI Dave Gordon, of North Kingstown, with the bass he caught on Father’s Day with his son Chris, of Narragansett.

So you’re thinking about fishing. And that’s good. Fishermen know they’re not just casting a line or dropping a hook, but they are giving themselves some personal time. Fishing offers time to think and time to connect with nature, as well as with family and friends. Not many other sports provide you with time to relate with others like fishing while you enjoy nature. Yes, it can be a solo sport or one that builds bonds with others.

When I first took my friend Pete fishing his son was 17 years old. The next day he thanked me. Immediately I responded, “My pleasure to take you fishing.” Pete said, “I am not thanking you for fishing, I am thanking you for the time I spent with my son. We haven’t had conversations like that in a long time.”

This is one of the positive attributes about fishing that the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association hopes to cultivate at their pilot youth fishing camp next week (June 28-30) at Rocky Point in Warwick. Yes it is about fishing and how to catch fish, but it’s also about teaching youth all the merits of fishing including respect for the environment and building lifelong memories.

Steve Medeiros, president of the RISAA said, “A lot goes on when you fish. It appeals to our sense of adventure and teaches us patience and it is one of those activities where science and art converge. Fishing teaches us to be good stewards of the environment and it allows us to build a lifetime of memories and friendships with those we fish with. Our aim with this pilot youth fishing camp is to give children a proper introduction to fishing.”

The three-day camp, for 50 children from ages 7-14, is full and will cover fish identification, fishing laws, use of spinning and conventional tackle, basic marine biology, how and why to use different baits and lures, casting and fishing from shore as well as boating safety and fishing from a boat.

Where’s the bite

Striped bass fishing remained very strong in the Bay and along coastal shores this week.

Ken Landry of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick, said, “Bass fishing has been good. Some days you are on them and can’t put a line down without catching one… yet other days you have to search for them. I’ve live lined as well as trolled Atlantic menhaden to catch fish when they were spread out, but they are all over… from the Hurricane Barrier to mid portions of the Bay around Prudence Island.”

Ryan O’Kelly and his father Jeff of West Warwick caught a 25-pound striped bass while drifting squid off Point Judith this Saturday. Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence said, “Bass fishing is outstanding, Capt. Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters landed 25 bass in the 30-pound range in one day, however, somedays anglers are having to work for their fish.”

Angler Dave Gordon stopped by my dock to say hello Sunday and shared, “My son took me fishing on father’s day. We landed two nice keepers, a 36-inch and a 40-inch using live bunker that we snagged. The bait was holding in front of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse in a small area so when someone caught a fish or snagged a pogie boats rushing to the area would drive down the bait.”

John Littlefield from Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “Anglers are catching bass consistently in the Warren River in the 13 to 15 pound range and all along the channel from Ohio Ledge to Providence. It has been a great bass season with customers that never caught any bass getting a nice keeper every time they go out.” “Bass are being picked up in the Gooseberry Island area as well as at the Rt. 88 bridge.” said Sam Busenbark of Bucko Bait & Tackle,

For summer flounder (fluke), Rich Hittinger, RISAA 1st vice president, said, “We fished south of Block Island and caught about 25 fish including a fish over 7 pounds. Many ‘Fluke Til Ya Puck’ tournament anglers fished this area and others were spread out.”

Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “This was a good week of fluke fishing. Areas fished ranged from the local beaches to Block Island and Sakonnet and areas in-between. Some really nice fish this week with pool winners often in the 7-8 pound range.”

Angler Armand Tetreault said, “We did some fluke fishing around Newport and had a pretty good day. Nothing biting on dropping tide except one large 31” fluke (estimate 11 pounds) off Sachuset Point near 3rd Beach. And as tide started to run back in we went back near Brenton reef and managed half dozen keeper size fluke.”

Scup fishing has improved dramatically. Sam Busenbark of Bucko Bait & Tackle, Fall River said, “The Stone Bridge in Tiverton had some good scup fishing from shore as well as Bicentennial Park, Fall River.” Littlefield said, “There is an good scup bite at Colt State Park, Bristol but they haven’t come up the Providence River in great numbers yet.”

“Angles are landing 15-inch to 17-inch scup from shore at Jamestown, Quonset/Davisville and Colt State Park,” Henault said.

Courtesy of Providence Journal by Dave Monti on June 23, 2016

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