Young anglers aim to hook big fish
This is the week for young anglers. They will be fishing in Narragansett Bay on Saturday, June 22 and Thursday, June 27.
Plan fishing in Greenwich Bay accordingly this Saturday as the RI Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) will hold their 21st annual Take-a-Kid fishing day, Saturday, June 22. Approximately forty volunteer vessels and 125 shore and boat volunteers will take 119 kids fishing in Greenwich Bay trolling for bluefish.
Fishing will be followed by a 12 noon cookout at Brewers (Safe Harbor) Cowesett Marina, which donates the use of boat slips, staging and cookout areas. Youth participation is limited to organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouting Troops and city recreation departments.
The aim of the program is to teach children about the ocean, environment, boating and give them an opportunity to fish. Often children participating have never seen the saltwater, never mind ride a boat and fish.
Youth Fishing Camp, Tuesday, June 25-June 27
The RI Saltwater Anglers and the Department of Environmental Management Youth Fishing Camp is full with a waiting list, but watch for this camp next year. The Camp will be held at Rocky Point State Park, Warwick, Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 for children 7 to 12 years old.
Steve Medeiros, RISAA president said, “The goal is to introduce youngsters to fishing. We find children of all backgrounds and cultures are attracted to fishing for all the right reasons and our aim is to give them a proper introduction to the sport.”
Topics to be covered over the three day camp include fish identification, fishing laws, use of spinning and conventional gear and tackle, knot tying, basic marine biology, how and why to use different baits and lures, casting and fishing from shore as well as boating safety and fishing on a boat.
The fishing camp is sponsored by the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation in partnership with RI DEM Aquatic Resource Education Program, US Fish & Wildlife and Brewers Marina.
Saltwater Fly Fishing School, Saturday, June 29
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program will hold a Saltwater Fly Fishing School, Saturday, June 29 at the Narrow Rive Bridge, Route 1A Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. All students must have some fly fishing experience.
Edward Lombardo, local fly fishing expert and school instructor said, “Equipment including fly rod, gear and flies will be provided, however, participants should bring their own waders.” The cost of the program is $15.00 per person which includes lunch. Students must be 16 years or older. Ages 16 and 17 need be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Register with Kimberly Sullivan at 401-539-0037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Fluke Til Ya Puke’ tournament big success
The 14th Annual ‘Fluke Til Ya Puke’ fishing tournament held Saturday, June 15 was a big success once again. Organizers, Captains Brian and Peter Bacon of Big Game Sport Fishing charters, South Kingstown, say it is the largest summer flounder (fluke) tournament in the world. The tournament has multiple entry categories and over $50,000 in prizes.
Capt. Peter Bacon said, “We had our fingers crossed with the weather Saturday and lucked out with an eight hour window of good weather during the Tournament. About 90 percent of the fish we weighed in were in the six to seven pound range. The largest fish, we had about four fish over nine pounds, were caught off Montauk, NY.”
12,001 anglers participated in the Tournament, down slightly from last year, likely due to the predicted bad weather. The ‘biggest fluke’ prize of $5,000 went to Bill Robinson with a 10.20 pound fluke; followed by Nino Averso, 9.74 pounds; and third place went to Eric Alleyne with a 9.38 pound fluke.”
For additional information and a complete list of winners visitor the tournament Facebook page at
Scup. Dave Henault said, “Scup to 16” are being taken under the Mt. Hope Bridge and off Barrington.” John Littlefield said, “The scup bite is just starting to improve with fish being caught at Colt State Park.”
Freshwater fishing. Dave Henault of Ocean State said, “The trout bite is off, however, customers are catching largemouth and the carp fishing has been very good.” Doug Wade of Watch Hill said, “The largemouth bass bite at Chapman’s Pond in Westerly had been very good.”