Measuring up: This 28 lbs. striped bass caught by Andrew Raucci (left) of Wakefield, RI gets weighed in and measured by Ed Carney, RISAA board member (right), at the Galilee Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Food Festival.
Galilee Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Festival big success
The First Annual Galilee Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Seafood Food Festival was “very successful” said Steve Medeiros, president of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA). “Even with the weatherman forecasting bad conditions, we still had 148 registered anglers… this is not bad at all… and yes, there will be a Second Annual Galilee Tournament and Food Festival.”, said Medeiros. The three day Tournament and Food Festival was organized by the Town of Narragansett, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association. Funds raised from the tournament and food festival will be donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Narragansett Parks and Recreation Financial Aid Program, and the Johnnycake Center of Peacedale, RI.
The Galilee Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Seafood Festival aims to celebrate and promote Rhode Island’s recreational and commercial fishing industries. Organizers wanted to create an event reminiscent of the past tuna tournaments held in Galilee, Rhode Island to help create awareness and interest in fishing and seafood in Rhode Island.
Recreation and commercial fishing displays and demonstrations were held throughout the festival with participation from a variety of commercial fishing interests such as Superior Trawling and the Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association. The Festival featured local seafood, artisans, music, and educational exhibits.
Fishing tournament winners
Black sea bass Junior Boat Division winners were 1st place Joey Scrofani (3.60 lbs.), 2nd Zoey Realeau and 3rd Shawn Rogers.
Bluefish Junior Boat Division winners were 1st Joey Scrofani (6.40 lbs.), 2nd Michael Morrison and 3rd Jack Spych. Bluefish Adult Boat Division winners were 1st place Dave Kops (13.15 lbs.), 2nd John Eldridge and 3rd Stephen Daignault. Bluefish Adult Shore Division 1st place winner was Joshua Richardson (11.75 lbs).
Fluke Adult Boat Division winners were 1st place Ed Sylvia (3.10 lbs.), 2nd Jared Henry and 3rd David Fewster.
Scup Junior Boat Division winners were 1st Nate Ambrad (2.25 lbs.), 2nd Zoey Realeau and 3rd Joey Scrofani.
Striped bass Adult Boat Division winners were 1st Raymond Jobin (37.10 lbs), 2nd Peter Vican and 3rd Jonathan Lewie. Striped bass Adult Shore Division 1st place winner was Richard Reich (8.5 lbs.).
Block Island wind Farm informational meeting
Deepwater Wind (developer of the pilot wind farm project off Block Island) will hold a Block Island Wind Farm and Transmission System informational meeting and open discussion with the Rhode Island fishing community on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Village Inn, 1 Beach Street, Narragansett, RI. If you are a recreational or commercial fisherman (or anyone else for that matter) and want to learn about the project or have a concern about the proposed wind farm you should attend. Learn about the fisheries data that has been collected and what research is proposed as the project moves forward. For further information contact independent fisheries consultant Rick Bellavance at 401.741.5648 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Where’s the bite
Tautog fishing is heating up as anglers start to target this species. Legal size is 16” minimum with a limit (until October 19) of three fish/day/angler with a maximum of ten fish per boat. JR Carlow reports on the RISAA blog, “I got out with my dad on Friday for some tog. We hit the ledge at the corner of Castle Hill, right where the Coast Guard cutter comes out, if you follow the shoreline out to the front of the Inn at Castle Hill. Got nine keepers and a total of 17 fish in about 2 1/2 hrs. All on Asian crabs. Slack tide too. Took the best five home.” I fished in the mid/lower Bay Sunday and caught many shorts and two nice keepers in the 20” range in the General Rock, North Kingstown area in a matter of 1 ½ hours, 2.5 hours before low tide. Once the current slowed, the fish shut off. I was using green crabs, chumming with a mixture of clam bellies and green crabs.
Striped bass fishing remains strong at night and early morning at Block Island. Fish not as plentiful as they were, but still worth the trip. Tommy Pelto reports a good striped bass and blue fish bite along southern coastal shores, “I had a great night along South County. Even with a stiff wind fishing was great and consistent. Bass and blues were all mixed in together. A black and purple bottle plug did the job. Definitely an encouraging sign… (for) the next couple months.”
False albacore, albies or little tunny as they are called are appearing in good numbers along Rhode Island southern coastal shores. Stephen Katkowski reports, “Fished the south shore for albies on Monday in my 14' skiff. Landed 13 out of 17 for the day fishing all afternoon. Kastmaster XL's were the ticket for me. Fish were in tight just outside the surfers between Deep Hole and the Ocean Mist
Offshore. The bluefin tuna bite is still on at the Mudhole. Joey Manansala said, “We fished the Mudhole this weekend. There are still small BFT and plenty of false albacore to keep you busy.” Roger Lema said, “We were able to catch green bonito this Saturday along with Capt. Tom Toyota and the Mark V. Fourteen fish total… with almost uncountable albies.”