October 26, 2014
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Bottom fishing fun for all
Captain Dave Monti
Kevin (left) and his father Albert Bettencourt (both of East Providence) have been catching striped bass this fall in the Barrington Beach area and in the Warren River drifting eels.

Bottom fishing for fluke (summer flounder), black sea bass, scup and tautog at this time of year can be fun for the entire family. This type of fishing is not stressful in anyway. Learning how to set the hook can be learned in minutes and it does not take a lot of skill to catch a fish. Bottom fishing is great for beginners, particularly children. And the best part is that the down time between bites serves as a great opportunity for family members and friends to socialize and actually converse. Conversation is becoming something of a novelty in within our regular day.

I once took my friend Tom and his son fishing. Days later, Tom said, "The best part of the day was that I actually got a chance to talk with my son about his future plans." So quite often fishing isn't all about the fish. It is the time we spend together with family and friends that really counts. That is why I love to take families fishing… daughters, sons, son and daughters-in-law, grandfathers, fathers and mothers all get to spend quality time with each other. The bonding and communication that takes place is remarkable.

You can learn how to bottom fish by consulting bait shop owners or you can go out on a charter or party boat. Most all of the charter boats that belong to the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association (www.rifishing.com ) are more than willing to take families fishing and teach them how to fish the bottom.

BOEM holds stakeholder workshops on windmills

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a workshop on windmills and their impact on fishing and will seek input for recreational and commercial fishermen on Friday November 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the URI Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI in the Coastal Hazard Room in the Coastal Institute Building.

This input meeting and others being held on the east coast will address future potential conflicts between fishing and wind projects within the Ocean Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM is seeking input from commercial and recreational fishing industries, as well as fisheries management agencies and scientists, relative to proposed offshore wind energy development.

Invitations have been been sent to stakeholders, for information contact Elizabeth Castle at ecastle@ene.com.

DEM stocks ponds and rivers with rainbow trout for fall fishing

The Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked approximately 6,000 rainbow trout in several locations throughout the state this month for the fall freshwater fishing season.

DEM Fish & Wildlife staff finished stocking the hatchery-raised rainbow trout this week in Silver Spring Pond in North Kingstown, Beaver River in Richmond, Wyoming Pond in Richmond and Hopkinton, Wood River in Exeter, Hopkinton and Richmond, Upper Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Blackstone River in Cumberland and Lincoln, Round Top Ponds in Burrillville, and Stafford Pond in Tiverton. Earlier this month, trout were stocked in Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond, Carbuncle Pond in Coventry, Spring Grove Pond in Gloucester, and Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods.

A 2012 freshwater fishing license and trout conservation stamp is required for anglers 15 years of age and older. Visit your town/city hall, authorized agents such as bait/tackle shops and Benny's to get a license and stamp. You can also visit DEM in Providence or purchase on line via www.ri.gov by clicking on

"Hunting, Fishing, Boating Licenses" on the left side of the homepage on the DEM website at www.dem.ri.gov.

Bottom fishing seminar October 29

Next week you can take advantage of a bottom fishing seminar being offered by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA). The seminar will include panel- like presentations from three top local anglers… Larry Norin, Rick Sustello and Tom Wood. The seminar will be held Monday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. at the West Valley Inn, 4 Blossom Street, West Warwick, RI. Non-members are requested to make a $10 donation to the RISAA Marine Fisheries College Scholarship Fund. The West Valley Inn offers two different dinner entre options from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for $6.95.

Tautog regulation change

As of October 20 (and until December 31) the tautog bag limit has been enhanced for recreational anglers from 3 fish/day to 6 fish/day. Minimum size is still 16 inches. In addition, there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day. The 10 fish per boat maximum does not apply to charter or party boats.

Where's the bite

Tautog. Craig Castro of Erickson's Bait & Tackle said, "Customers have been doing good at Washington's Ledge off shore in the Newport-Jamestown areas weather permitting." John Littlefield of Archie's Bait in East Providence said that customers are catching tautog at Conimicut Light with a lot of shorts (15 to 1 ratio)."

Tautog to 23" have been landed at India Point Park said Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence. Last week I caught a 23" fish at General Rock and two other keepers with a ratio of 8 shorts for every one keeper with about 10 small black sea bass. Tautog are also being caught at Point Judith Light in 25 to 45 feet of water said Matt Conti of Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown.

Striped bass. Matt Conti from Snug Harbor said, "It is either lock and load or no bite at all in the Southwest Ledge area of Block Island." John Littlefield from Archie's Bait said "Customers are taking school bass with plugs in the upper Bay at the mouth of the Rivers." Kevin and Albert Bettencourt caught eleven bass in the 15 to 20 lbs. ranged drifting eels in the Warren River down to the Blount Seafood area said John Littlefield. Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle said,"Striped bass and bluefish are being caught on pogies and eels in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and the Cape Cod Canal has been offering up bass as large as 50 lbs. Customers Francesco DiGiovanni and Cecine Curi have taken bass on…eels… plugs… top water poppers, divers and Sebile Swim baits." 

Fresh water fishing this fall has been slow. With improved weather and recent pond and river stocking with rainbow trout by DEM things are expected to pick up.

Offshore fishing has been slow due to bad weather last week.

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain's master license, a charter fishing license, and is a member of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council. Your fishing photos in JPEG from, stories, comments and questions are welcome… there's more than one way to catch a fish. Visit Captain Dave's No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com; his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com or e-mail him at dmontifish@verizon.net.


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