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Pack your fly fishing flies by joining the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resources Education Division’s annual Fall Fly Tying Program. Learn how to tie flies from knowledgeable fly tying instructors.

Participants will have a choice of tying saltwater or freshwater flies at the beginner or intermediate level. You’ll even have a chance to win a holiday wreath covered in various flies.

The program begins on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Cold Spring Community Center in North Kingstown, RI.

Fee is $5/person/session or pre-register for $20 for all five sessions. For information or to register online, visit https://dem.ri.gov/events/fall-fly-tying-workshop or contact Kimberly Sullivan at 401.539.0037 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov contact us.


Fishermen pay attention to the rules of tautog

Last week you could tell anglers were up for tautog, a great food fish often called blackfish and targeted by anglers in the fall.

The majority of comments on Nov. 1 were in favor of the proposed new 2023 tautog regulations for the state of Massachusetts, as anglers voiced their opinions on the subject at a Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) hearing. The state of Rhode Island adopted similar rules for the 2022 season.

Trophy fish regulation for tautog is intended to protect large female fish with large spawning potential. Under the new rules, anglers are allowed to take only one fish larger than 21 inches, with the rest within the 16- to 21-inch nest limit.

“The Cape Cod Salties support this proposed more conservation-minded tautog regulation,” said Jack Creighton, former president of the Cape Cod Salties Fisheries Association. “Protecting large fish with great reproductive potential makes sense and will help sustain this fishery.”

“Recreational anglers like myself have had good fishing success the last few years,” said Fred DeFinis, who spent most of his life in Massachusetts but now lives across the border in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It’s a great fishery and it only makes sense to preserve the fishery in Massachusetts and Rhode Island because we’re in the same management area and with the goal of making the rules similar.

At the meeting, four charter captains who fish in Massachusetts and Rhode Island explained how the new regulation is working in Rhode Island this year. All said there was no negative impact on business. And by allowing anglers to keep fish 16 to 21 inches long, they go home with plenty of meat and still allow trophy fish for personal bests and tournaments.

DMF will accept written public comment on all proposals covered at the meeting until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022. Submit written comments to Director Daniel McKiernan by email (marine.fish@mass.gov) or by mail (251 Causeway). Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114); comments are preferred by email. The full text of the rules can be found on the DMF website.

where is the bite

Striped bass. Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina in South Kingstown said, “So many anglers fish for tautog that we don’t hear much about striped bass. I know there has been a decent bite on the North Rip (Block Island).

Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence said, “The striped bass bite is still very good with this warm water. Slotfish and larger ones are still being caught on Cape Cod beaches, in the Channel, as well as in Narragansett Bay and along the south coast. SP Minnows and “soft plastics are working well for anglers. The bass are still here, but you have to find them.”

“Barrington Beach and up Narragansett Bay are still holding bass. Anglers are hitting bass off the Kettle Point Dock (East Providence) with soft plastics, white is working well,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside.

Declan O’Donnell of Breachway Bait & Tackle, Charlestown, said, “The beaches have been relatively quiet, with most schools of bass passing comfortably within casting distance. However, there are still good numbers of bass in the salt ponds and feeding in and around the Breachways at night.

East End Eddie Doherty, expert Canal angler and author, “Many baitfish are still swimming in the canal and feeding steady blitzes for miles. Anast Terezakis and his son Nick from Connecticut were having a good day at Pip’s Rip when the striped bass broke for hours in the east current. Their 42 had fish up to a button and Anast hit a 26 pounder on a white Beachmaster pen.

Tautog. “Tautog fishing has just been great. The Island Current party boat caught an 18-pound tautog last Friday. The inshore angles on the West Wall are still catching, but they have started to move into deeper water with a good bite off Brenton Reef, Newport and Pt. Judith Light,” Cahill said.

Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle said, “Anglers are catching tautog at a ratio of about 10 (short) to one (keeper) all over the bay. The keeper tautog is at Conicut Light, Warwick with spotty action (some days good, some days bad) at the mouth of the Seekonk River. held up to the bridge.

Breachway Bait’s O’Donnell says, “A lot of boats are limiting to tautog and even catching a few black seabass. The fish are still in both shallow and deep water. Some spots are holding shorter fish than others, but when you get a good bite around 8lb There is a + class fish.

“Cod fishing has been good for clients on the Southeast corner of Cox Ledge. Here on the Hot Reels Sportfishing charter, Capt. Louis DeFusco encountered some big cod that made it difficult for them to boat the slot size fish (22 to <28). fish/person/day).” said Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor. Breachway Bait's O'Donnell said, "A few boats took advantage of the nice weather last week to run south of Block Island for cod and caught a mix of cod and black seabass pretty well."

Fresh water. “Freshwater fishing for largemouth bass has been very, very good, but most of my clients are not fishing freshwater with live tautog and striped bass biting in saltwater.” said Henault of Ocean State. John Littlefield said, “We still have a small number of customers fishing for trout at Willet Avenue Pond and Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods, but they are few and far between at the moment.”


Dave Monti holds a master’s license and a charter fishing license. He serves on various boards and commissions and has a consulting business focused on issues and clients related to clean oceans, habitat protection, conservation, renewable energy and fisheries. Send fishing news and photos to dmontifish@verison.net or visit www.noflukefishing.com.

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