Captains from the National Geographic Channel program Wicked Tuna will be at the 10th Annual New England Saltwater Fishing Show this weekend at the RI Convention Center, Providence, RI. The New England Saltwater Fishing Show runs March 8-10 and is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA), the 10th Annual Fishing Show will have over 300 exhibitors.
You'll find everything at the show, including rods, reels, all types of lures, boats, kayaks, clothing and a wide assortment of marine related services. Many retailers will be offering low-priced show specials. Continual free seminars will be held every hour throughout the show. "Many of the top fishing experts in New England have offered their services," notes Ed Kearney, seminar chairman. "The topics include everything from inshore fishing to offshore fishing, as well as many seminars for the surf and shore angler." said Kearney. Wicked Tuna captains from the fishing vessels Odysea, Christina and Bounty Hunter will be at the show from 1 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Show hours are Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the show is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are admitted free. Sunday is "Family Day"… all women and children are admitted free. For the youngsters, the show features a large "Kids Zone" with casting lessons and a number of games to keep them interested. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt on Sunday when all kids that enter will receive a Treasure Map in which they will receive small gifts at certain exhibitor booths throughout the show.
Visit the show website for more information and admission discount at www.
East Bay Anglers to hold used tackle sale
The East Bay Anglers fishing club will run a used fishing tackle sale on Saturday, March 30 at the Riverside Sportsman's Club on Mohawk Drive - just off the Wampanoag Trail in East Providence. According to Matt Newell, Club president, "Last year's pioneering event was so well received, we're expected to repeat it this year."
The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m., according to Newell. Buyers gain entry to the sale with a $2 donation. Sellers must purchase tables from the club at $25 each, and should start setting up at 8:00 a.m. Cutoff date for buying tables is March 20. Sellers should call event chairman Dave Fewster for information at 401 230-8201.
The East Bay Anglers is a 40 year old fishing organization which has promoted sportsmanship and conservation through the years and has participated in many marine conservation initiatives. Proceeds from the sale are used for educational purposes by funding speakers during the year.
Checks for tables can be paid by mail to: East Bay Anglers Tackle Sale, Box 293, Barrington, RI 02806.
Alabama man catches 70-pound land locked striped bass
Striped bass tolerate both salt and fresh water. They live in the ocean but spawn up rivers and many are landed lock, meaning they live in lakes. They are generally smaller in lakes, perhaps because their food supply is limited. Howeerver, a Dora, Alabama man, James R. Bramlett, 65 years old, landed a 70 pound striped bass from the Black Warrior River on February 28, 2013.
Al.com reports the fish was weighed on certified scales with officials from the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources at Bramlett's home. The fish was 45.5 inches long and had a 37.75 inch girth.
DEM awarded $2.9 million EDA grant for work at Galilee
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) was awarded a $2.9 million grant today from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) for infrastructure improvements at the Port of Galilee. The federal grant will support reconstruction of the 925-foot south bulkhead from Salty Brine State Beach to State Pier 3 and rehabilitation of 3,200 square feet of heavy duty work pier HH.
The Port of Galilee is operated by DEM and is one of the largest working commercial fishing ports on the East Coast, providing fish, squid and lobster to both national and international markets. Home to over 240 commercial vessels, the Port includes 38 docks and piers and supports hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses, hundreds of jobs, and attracts thousands of tourists. Commerce includes fishing and related businesses, recreational charter and sightseeing boats, ferry service, restaurants, and a hotel.
March 13 public hearing on key recreational fishing issues
Recreational and commercial fishermen are urged to attend and express their thoughts on proposed amendments to a variety of management plans that regulate the length, catch limit and season of a variety of species.
The Marine Fisheries Division of the Rhode Island Department of Environment Management (DEM) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 6:00 p.m. in the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI. Important changes to recreational and commercial fishing management plans will be on the agenda including plan amendments for recreational summer flounder; recreational and commercial tautog; recreational scup; recreational black sea bass; Narragansett Bay Atlantic Menhaden; and amendments to statutes and regulations pertaining to fish/shellfish dealer regulations in regard to the reporting of research set aside (RSA) landings.
Visit DEM's web site at www.dem.ri.gov for additional information.
Where's the bite
Captain Andy Dangelo of the Seven B's reported that the storm and rough seas over the past couple of weeks has kept the cod away and boats from sailing. However, Capt. Dangelo said Sunday, "The bite was slow all day, we went south of Block Island, to Cox's Ledge and nothing. Then we stopped back close to the Island and the fish finder was showing a lot of bait, likely herring. We ended up landing some nice cod right at the end of the day." Overall cod fishing has been spotty. The hope is that the seas and fishing stabilize a bit now and the season closes with a rally.
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 and the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association board. Visit Captain Dave's No Fluke Charters website at www.noflukefishing.com, his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com or e-mail him fishing news and photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.