The West Bay Anglers, a fishing club in Warwick, contributed $7,000 to each of three Rhode Island non-profit organizations including Veteran Angler Charters of Bristol with other locations coastwide, …
The West Bay Anglers, a fishing club in Warwick, contributed $7,000 to each of three Rhode Island non-profit organizations including Veteran Angler Charters of Bristol with other locations coastwide, Impossible Dream of Warwick and the Dare to Dream Ranch in Foster, Rhode Island.
Pam Tameo, lobster raffle chairperson and past president of the West Bay Anglers said, “We raised $21,000 this year, the second highest amount ever, thanks to the 100 percent commitment from our volunteers to run the Meat & Lobster Raffles and the hundreds of donors who contribute each week.”
Pam, her husband Frank Tameo and a host of other West Bay Anglers have been actively raising funds for Rhode Island charities for 24 years.
For 18 Saturdays the West Bay Anglers raffled off tables of meat, lobster and other food items, consumer electronics, fishing gear and a host of other items. Each Saturday event would last over two hours at the Warwick Fire Fighters Hall on Warwick Avenue.
Tameo said, “It was great to see the expression on the faces of the executive directors of the three charities once they learned the amount of donations.”
Capt. Randy Bagwell of River Rebel Charters, Bristol, who takes wounded veterans fishing on his charter boat on behalf of Veteran Anglers Charters, said, “This is the tenth year we received a major donation from the West Bay Anglers. They are committed to veterans in many ways and thank them for helping us to take members of the military fishing.”
Veteran Angler Charters’ Board, who was represented by Capt. Kathy Granfield, said, “The organization offers free, small group charter fishing trips to injured and recovering veterans. Our mission is to provide veterans with recreational rehabilitation and therapeutic support.”
The second charity receiving a $7,000 donation was imPOSSIBLE Dream of Warwick. Executive Director Diane Penza, co-founded the organization 40 yeas ago with her father, John Florio. The imPOSSIBLE DREAM Playground was Rhode Island’s first integrated playground, offering an environment that is play friendly for children of all physical abilities in a clean and safe environment.
The Third charity to receive $7,000 award was Dare to Dream Ranch, Foster, RI. “This is the third year they received an award,” said Pam Tameo. The organization, represented by executive director Karen Dalton at the event, offers alternative therapy programs for service members, veterans and their families.
Special recognition by the West Bay Anglers was given to Bobby Baggerson. Tameo said, “Bobby was one of our longest and most dedicated volunteers for the Raffle who passed away this year.”
Tameo said, “If you are interested in attending this fall our 25th year starts with the first Meat & Lobster Raffle on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Warwick Fire Fighters Association, 750 Warwick Avenue, Warwick.”
Trout fishing is the ticket this month
Rhode Island lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams designated as trout-stocked waters are currently closed for fishing. However, the season opens Saturday, April 8, 2023 and runs through Feb. 29, 2024. More to come next week on Opening Day in Rhode Island.
For licenses and trout/salmon waterway stocking information in Rhode Island visit www.dem.ri.gov/fishing, and in Massachusetts www.mass.gov/service-details/trout-stocking-report .
RI Marine Fisheries Council meets to consider regulations
The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council will meet to consider 2023 recreational and many commercial regulations at an in-person and online hybrid meeting 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2023, at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography Bay Campus, Coreless Auditorium, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett.
The Council makes fishing regulation recommendations to DEM, with Terrance Gray, DEM Director, generally approving 95 percent of the Council’s regulation recommendations.
Issues before the Council on April 3 that impact recreational anglers include regulations for black sea bass and scup as well as commercial Atlantic menhaden measures in the Bay. Although the RI special management are in the Bay has been a model for such national programs. The program includes weekly (sometimes daily) aerial stock assessments to determine weather the Bay is open or closed to commercial fishing. There are a number of commercial fishing industry proposals being considered at the Council meeting that would in effect dismantle the program to allow more Atlantic menhaden to be taken in the Bay.
For years anglers have advocated for eco-system-based management for the species to provide enough bio bass in the Bay not only to sustain the fishery but to serve the ecological needs of fish and birds such as striped bass, bluefish, whales, osprey, etc.
The meeting can be joined in person or by Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83805326029?pwd=eFFTem12NUVveVBD.dGhiTys3cUFrUT09 . Meeting ID: 838 0532 6029. Passcode: 282613. Dial-in 1-929-205-6099
For agenda details with support documents on the meeting visit https://dem.ri.gov/natural-resources-bureau/marine-fisheries/calendar .
Where’s the bite?
Freshwater. Connor Swartz of Red Top Sporting Goods, Buzzards Bay, said, “Freshwater fishing is picking up at ponds that have been stocked with trout. Long Pond in Plymouth is producing well for anglers.” Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box, Warwick, said, “Fishing in Warwick Pond and Gorton Pond is spotty, but they are producing largemouth bass for customers. The white perch bite has been very good. Everyone is getting ready for Opening Day. We are fully stocked and will open Friday, April 7 at 5 a.m. and stay open all night until Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m.” For licenses and trout/salmon waterway stocking information in Rhode Island visit www.dem.ri.gov/fishing, and in Massachusetts www.mass.gov/service-details/trout-stocking-report .
“Striped bass holdovers are being caught in the upper Providence River. We have also received reports of herring staring to appear in our waterways early as it is warm. The bass season this year should be strong and early,” said Giddings.
John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle of Riverside, RI, said, “Anglers fishing the upper Seekonk River in downtown Pawtucket this weekend found the River loaded with 3 to 5 inch pogies (Atlantic menhaden). They were fishing for school bass but couldn’t make a cast without snagging a pogie. These fish wintered here and once they are joined with new arrivals the upper Bay and Rivers should be loaded with Atlantic menhaden and striped bass.”
Dave Monti holds a captain’s master license and charter fishing license. He serves on a variety of boards and commissions and has a consulting business focusing on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries related issues and clients. Forward fishing news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.noflukefishing.com.
No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here