I'll be on the road again this winter doing saltwater and freshwater fishing seminars. My first stop is the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Boxborough Holiday Inn located in Boxborough, MA right off Rt. 495. The show runs Jan. 27, 28 and 29. Check out their website for directions.
This big outdoor show was the show that used to be in the DCU Center in Worcester. Since moving to Boxborough several years ago it has gotten bigger and better every year and features one of the best and most extensive seminar schedules you'll find at any outdoor show.
My two seminars are new for 2017. Here is my schedule and the seminars I will be doing:
Keeper Stripers and Large Blues from Shore and Boat.....Sat., Jan 28 at 12:00 and Sun., Jan. 29 at 11:00 AM
Targeting Large Carp.....Sat., Jan., 28 at 5:00 PM
Hope to see many of you there.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
|It was loaded with big keepers in the Bay in|
|It was one of the biggest|
years for schoolies in a long
|Bluefish showed in big|
numbers this year. Some of
the biggest blues were taken
along the south shore beaches
in the fall.
|The albie fishing was short but memorable.|
For several weeks there were big numbers
from shore and boat.
Albies- I got my first one from shore on Sept.11. For three weeks the fishing for these gamesters was hot and heavy from shore and boat along the oceanfront as they were feeding on large schools of bay anchovies and peanut bunker. While I was splitting my time between fishing for stripers/blues along with albies, I did manage to land over 40 of these little tunny. The hot lure was a float and blue Deceiver fly. Grade- A-
Overall, I would give this past season an "A". It was one one of the best years in a long time and sets up what I believe will be very good fishing for stripers and blues for years to come here in RI.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
|Thus far, wintering over stripers have been scarce in Gansett|
Bay. The few fish around have also been small like this
10 incher taken a few days ago.
I focus my winter fishing in upper Narragansett Bay. Back ten to fifteen years ago I had no trouble catching 1,000 stripers a winter. While the majority were schoolies, maybe one in 20 fish was a keeper. So far, this year's fish have not only been sparse in numbers, but they have also been small, real small. Last week I got one schoolie that you would have to stretch to make it 10 inches. Earlier in the winter I saw fish as small as 6 inches being caught.
By now, any wintering over stripers should be in their locations to wait out winter. While some areas of NE, most notable some CT rivers, are reporting big numbers, my places in the Bay seem to be devoid of any numbers of fish. Looks like another BUST of a winter for holdovers, just like last year.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
|Doc fished almost nightly for decades and|
caught a lot of fish. He loved catching
big blues with poppers.
|Doc was also an|
fisherman. He fished
the Bay, the RI
oceanfront and the Cape.
He could turn a lousy night of fishing into a barrel of laughs. He would often tell one joke after another and would have all of us in stitches for hours with his humor. For him, fishing was a way of relaxing, getting together with friends and enjoying the whole experience. If we caught fish it was a bonus.
He also was one who would strike up a conversation with all he met. And, he never forgot a name. He would often guide novices and strangers in the fine art of surf fishing and would give others tips on how to cast, plugs to use and hotspots to fish. He had one of the longest casts I have ever seen and could often reach fish that were breaking way out in places like Matunuck and Pt. Judith, two of his favorite places to fish.
In recent years, Doc did less and less fishing due to deteriorating health. Yet, he still had that desire. Several days before he was to undergo major surgery we talked together and he mentioned he might meet me along Gansett for one more shot at fall fishing. He also talked about how he was going to do more fishing in the spring after his recovery. That desire to get out and fish was still with him until the end.
To all who knew him and fished with him, Doc will be sorely missed.
|Doc fishes along the south shore of RI with a friend on a beautiful sunset night.|
Monday, December 5, 2016
|Yup, that is SNOW on the ground.|
While I normally fish in the evening and at night for winter stripers, I decided to get out this morning in the snow and rain. I found one lone fish that wanted to hit (see photo at right). The fish took a Zoom fluke mounted on a quarter ounce jighead, a hot lure for me in the wintertime.
Wintering over stripers exist in many of the river systems in southern New England. The big rivers along CT seem to be the hottest areas where large numbers of fish hunker down for the winter months. Smaller river systems in RI as well as the backwaters in the coastal ponds also have them if you can find them. They also exist in places where power plants send out warm water outflows. So, if getting a striper in December or January is your goal, look around, because they do exist, even on a cold and snowy December day.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|I'm off to the slopes from|
now till the end of March.
I'm now moving onto my winter phase of activity. Here's my agenda:
1. Look for wintering over stripers- I have been doing this for the past few days/nights with limited success. Found a scant few fish and hoping that will improve. Stripers winter over in many of the river systems of southern New England. Its a matter of finding them.
|Freshwater carping is another winter|
alternative for me. It has been
good in the last two weeks for fish
into the high teens.
3. Hit the ski slopes- In winter I ski 4-5 times a week and I will do that until April. I've already hit the slopes at Wachusett several times and it has been surprisingly good due to snowmaking.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
|It was one lone schoolie for the day|
for five hours of casting in multiple spots.
The inconsistency of late fall has arrived.
I fished multiple locations in a wide stretch of the oceanfront and came away with a lone schoolie. I saw dozens of guys come in, look, make a few casts and leave. It was a revolving door of fishermen as everyone was searching for fish, but no one was finding. I saw all those guys land a scant few schoolies.
I am guessing this inconsistency of late fall fishing will continue for a while longer before the end is reached. The fish are really on the move right now. I'm sure you can find fish in the next week or so along the south shore with a lot of effort, but expect a lot of blanks along the way also. The inconsistency of late fall has arrived.