Tuesday, March 19, 2019

New England Saltwater Fishing Show this week

How to catch bigger fluke’ will be one of the presentations given by Capt. Dave Monti at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show this week.  Over sixty seminars, visit www.nesaltwatershow.com .
Quahog Week starts March 25:  restaurants and markets are participating with quahog specials of all types.  Visit www.seafoodri.com for a complete listing.

New England Saltwater Fishing Show this week

The Annual New England Saltwater Fishing Show sponsored by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA), is being held this week March 22-24 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.   Friday hours are 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Steve Medeiros, RISAA president, said, “This is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast. And, it’s our largest ever with a record 445 booths and 350 companies displaying their latest in fishing tackle and gear with many of them offering show specials and prices.”  Most major saltwater companies will be represented including rod and reel manufactures, fishing lure companies, fishing charter boats and guides and makers of clothing, fly fishing gear, boats, kayaks and much more. Medeiros said, “Capt. Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah and Cap. Dave Carraro of Tuna.COM from the TV show Wicked Tuna will be speaking at the show Saturday and Sunday.”

A Kids Casting Area will be open Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is also family day with all women and children admitted free and a special scavenger hunt for children on Sunday, ask about it when you arrive at the show.

Rich Hittinger, 1st vice president of RISAA said, “We are raising funds for the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation by selling Rhode Island license plates that feature a striped bass and scup on them.  Stop by our booth at the show and take a look at this great plate.  When you order one you will supporting all of the fishing outreach, environmental and conservation efforts of the Foundation.”

Capt. Dave Monti and many other guest speakers

Over 60 Fishing Show seminars are being given by experts on a wide range of fishing topics from how to catch larger summer flounder to in shore fishing with light tackle from shore, kayak or boat.  Learn about fishing tactics and strategies from top fishermen and charter captains.

I will be speaking at the Show on two topics, the first is ‘How to catch bigger fluke’ offered Friday at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday at 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  I will give a second seminar titled ‘Enhancing you tautog bite” on Friday at 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. No Fluke Charters will have a booth at the show, #205, so stop by the booth and say hello or follow me on Twitter @CaptDaveMonti. Visit www.nesaltwatershow.com/seminars.shtml  for a complete listing of seminar topics and speakers.    

Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are admitted free.  Learn more about the show at nesaltwatershow.com .

Fly fishing the cinder worm hatch

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Aquatic Resource Education Program, announced its annual Cinder Worm Workshop.  This is the program’s tenth year and it will include two weekday evening classes in fly tying instruction and one weekend evening of fly fishing. The program is free to registrants.

The course syllabus includes practical rigging and fly casting instruction for the novice on the day of fishing. .  “We would like to have everyone attend both workshops,” said David Pollack, one of the organizers of the program, “but you also have the option to pick just one.”  Introduction to practical rigging and casting instruction will be covered for those that need additional assistance.  Fly fishers will then fish the coves of Grassy Point area of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge.  “We don’t guarantee the weather or the fish,” said Pollack, “but past experiences have shown that this is prime time for the worm mating season.”

The program is open to any adult or accompanied child over the age of 10, regardless of skill level--40 person maximum so register early.  Instruction and guidance will be provided by some of the area’s most proficient and knowledgeable worm fishermen.   Also this year is the opportunity for kayak fishing - limited to experienced kayakers who have their own vessel. Proper safety equipment is required plus lights for navigation.    

All fly tying materials will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools and equipment, but all necessary fly tying tools and equipment will be loaned to registrants upon request. Saltwater fly fishing equipment, including rods, reel, lines and leaders, will be loaned to registrants who do not have their own gear and tackle.  

The Fly Tying classes will be held Tuesday, May 7 and May 14. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the

Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, RI.  The Fly Fishing portion of the program will take place Saturday, May 18, 4:00 p.m. until dark at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, RI.

Capt. Ray Stachelek and Dave Pollack, fly fishing experts and USFWS volunteers will facilitate the program. For information or to register as a participant contact Scott Travers at sott.travers@dem.ri.gov.  To sign-up as an instructor contact Dave Pollack at dpollipo@cox.net .

4th Annual RI Quahog Week March 25-31

The Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, chaired by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), will hold the 4th annual Quahog Week March 25 - March 31.  The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s iconic shellfish to the State’s economy and culture.    

As part of the week-long observance, participating restaurants will feature quahog-inspired specials on their menus, and participating markets will offer deals for those who enjoy cooking their own clam dishes at home.  

Quahog Week will also feature two special events where harvesters from the RI Shellfishermen’s Association will be shucking and serving complimentary little necks and interacting with attendees about their fishery. Partners will also be providing other complimentary quahog-based samplers and beverages.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Quahog Night West Bay will be held Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown and Quahog Night East Bay will be held Friday, March 29, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren. 

Visit www.seafoodri.com  for a full list of participating restaurants and markets and the specials they are offering.

Where’s the bite

Cod fishing. Capt. Andy Dangelo of the Seven B’s Party Boat said, “We have been finding cod and with the weather improving everything is looking up.”  Capt. Frank Blount said, “We manage to get off the dock a few times this week and found mixed results. Wednesday did see the best results with a good showing of both green and dark cod. There is still good showing of bait on the grounds and we have some amazing weather coming so things are looking up. Party boats sailing for cod fish at this time include the Frances Fleet at www.francesfleet.com , the Seven B’s (with Capt. Andy Dangelo at the helm) at www.sevenbs.com, and the Island Current at www.islandcurrent.com .


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