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2017 RHODE ISLAND FISHING 3 · 2017 RHODE ISLAND FISHING 4 Welcome to the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association The R.I. Party and Charter Boat Association is

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    Welcome to the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association

    The R.I. Party and Charter Boat Association is charted under the laws and requirements of the State of Rhode Island. It was chartered in 1962 by a group of charter boat fi shermen who are still members of the Association today. Its prime purpose is to promote the vast sportfi shing and bottom fi shing poten-tial in R.I.. It is a well known fact that there is no other area on this coast that offers such an abundance and variety of fi sh as do these waters. We also felt that it was necessary when visiting sportsmen, vacationers and clubs wanted to honor us with their patronage, a list of highly qualifi ed Cap-tains and boats should be available for their consideration. We are bonded together in a spirit of cooperation to exchange ideas and information in a manner that will benefi t our members and result in your

    having a great day on the water while getting the most out of the supply of fi sh available while abiding by all fi shing regulations. Every RIPCBA captain holds a U.S. Coast Guard license and all cap-tains and crew are in a mandatory random drug program. All State and Federal Safety requirements of passenger carrying vessels are met by the RIPCBA vessels. It will certainly pay you, in peace of mind and results, to be aboard one of our more than 65 vessels when you sail from any Rhode Island port. Your PLEASURE and SAFETY are our prime concern. Make sure the vessel you sail on displays the R.I. Party & Charter Boat Association Logo and either the USCG COI or UPV decal.







    Call the captain of your choice from the list of our vessels found on pages 2 & 3

    or visit: www.RIFishing.com

    We have more than 65 vessels for you to choose from

    UPV decalCOI decal




    Table of Contents

    RIPCBA OFFICERS Rick Bellavance President

    Steve Anderson Vice President

    Andrew Dangelo Treasurer

    Paul Johnson Sr. Secretary

    Nick Butziger Drug Program

    List of Our Charter Boats 2

    The Presidents Message 4

    Book a Charter as a Special Gift 6

    Why Come to RI 7

    Living and Fishing with Giants 8

    Our Future Fishermen 10

    Questions about Chartering 12

    Fish You Might Catch 14

    St. Anthony comes through for fi sherman 20

    RIPCBA members pitching in for science 22

    Memories of the big fi sh story 26

    Recipes 34

    King & Queen of Fall Fishing 36

    RI Spring Tautog Fishing 42

    Fish You Can Catch 49

    Great Memories & Smiling Faces 51

    3rd Wounded Vets Fishing Adventure 52

    How much bait is enough 54

    Something for Everyone 58

    List of Advertisers 61

    Fish on boats that display our Logo

    All rights reserved to the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association. RIPCBA will not be held responsible for the content of any advertisements.

    R.I. Party & Charter Boat Association Magazine Committee:

    Nick Butziger & John Rainone

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    Dont forget to bring the following items when you go out on the water: Sun Tan Lotion Sun Glasses & Hat Soft Sole Shoes Rain Gear (if needed) Camera Coke, Juice, Water Crackers & Pretzels Bags to take your fi sh home in!

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    NASHA III - 34 Capt. Charles Jenison 857-998-1337

    BILLFISH - 25 Capt. Bill Brown 192 Weymouth Rd. Enfi eld, CT 06082 860-559-5726

    FISH TRAP - 36 Capt. Tom Logan 1655 North Ave. Stratford, CT 06614 203-375-0828

    FIN DEEP - 23 Capt. Brian Patterson 58 Thayer Ct. Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-293-0223

    RIVER REBEL - 26 Capt. Randell Bagwell 90 Butterworth Ave. Bristol, RI 02809 401-699-1974

    VIRGINIA - JOAN - 26 Capt. David Monti 399 Greenwood Ave. Warwick, RI 02886 401-480-3444

    GalileeMAKO II - 43 (Cap. 14) Capt. David Tyrrell 25 Columbine Ct. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-789-3756

    SNAPPA - 46 (Cap.21) Capt. Charles Donilon 2 Congdon Dr. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-487-9044

    SEVEN BS V - 80 (Cap.120) Capt. Russ Benn 11 Riptide Rd. Narragansett, RI 02882 401-789-9250

    FRANCES FLEET - 105 (Cap.150) Capt. Frank Blount P. O. Box 3724 Peace Dale RI 02883 401-783-4988

    PAMELA MAY - 18 Capt. Jason Howell 116 Westmoreland St. Narragansett, RI 02882 401-742-2383

    FULLY INVOLVED - 23 Capt. Jeff Hall 1685 South County Trail East Greenwich, RI 02818 401-215-0214 401-885-1150

    DRIFTER TOO - 35 Capt. Richard Chatowsky Sr. P.O. Box 494 Hope Valley, RI 02832 401-539-6097

    ANDREW & STEVEN - 41 Capt. Steven Follett 145 Thoreau Lane Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-789-7173

    HOOK - EM - 27 Capt. Mike Lawing 165 Dover Lane Richmond, RI 02818 401-595-6970

    Island Girl - 31 Capt. Rick Cataldi 269 Paine St. Warwick, RI 02889 401-458-1503






    AVENGER - 20 Capt. Al Caletri 8 Eire Rd. Narragansett,RI 02882 401-783-0222

    BUSY LINE - 23 Capt. Norman Bardell P.O. Box 2041 Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-378-2422

    STUFF IT - 23 Capt. Joe Pagano 55 Angell Lane N. Scituate, RI 02857 401-764-5141 401-808-0452 LIL DEVIL II - 24 Capt. Lynn Smith 3595 Post Rd. Warwick, RI 02886 401-374-4232

    MISSION - 25 Capt. John Mc Cann 4810 South County Trail Charlestown, RI 02813 401-213-3508

    MARLIN III - 28 Capt. John Goolgasian 25 Hillview Dr. No. Providence, RI 02904 401-749-9331 401-726-8501 HIZ & HERZ - 30 Capt. Chris Herz 22 Hillsdale Rd. Richmond, RI 02892 401-474-1325

    CAROL J - 31 Capt. Paul Johnson Sr. 30 Gooseberry Rd. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-207-6947

    C. J. - 31 Capt. Barry Cherms 244 Pond St. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-742-5285

    MILLER TIME - 31 Capt. Fred Miller 784 Middlebridge Rd. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-782-6321

    OLD SALT - 31 Capt. Bill Della Valle 10 Amancio St. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-783-4805

    SAKARAK - 31 Capt. Mitch Chagnon 140 Winter Berry Rd. Saunderstown, RI 02874 401-486-3476

    C-DEVIL II - 32 Capt. Kelly Smith 331 Burdickville Rd. Charlestown, RI 02813 401-364-9774 401-374-1439

    FISH ON - 32 Capt. John Sheriff 81 Hardig Rd Warwick, RI 02886 401-450-2549

    GAIL-ANN - 33 Capt. Chuck Boranian 401-692-9058

    A to Z - 35 Capt. Scott Capwell 520 Perry Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816 401-487-7274 ADVENTURE - 35 Capt. Chris Bell PO Box H Pawtucket, RI 02861 401-359-1785

    ACES WILD - 35 Capt. Earl Bell 90 Glen Rock Rd. Exeter RI 02822 401-749-1199

    LIL TOOT - 35 Capt. John Rainone 35 Ocean View Drive Narragansett, RI 02882 401-783-0883 401 497-6683

    LUCKY LADY - 32 Capt. Steven Palmer 32 Spruce Rd. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-284-2869 860-573-3751 PATTY J - 35 Capt. John Parente 34 Whitehall Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 401-738-7674

    GANNET - 21 Capt. Mark Sherer 1059 Frenchtown Rd. East Greenwich, RI 02818 401-595-5050

    JACKHAMMER - 24 Capt. John Carpenter 64 Apple Rd. Brimfi eld, MA 01010 401-744-2804

    KNOTTY DOG - 25 Capt. Bill Kelley 21 Mockingbird Lane Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-741-9829 401-792-3371 STRIKER - 30 Capt. Russell Blank 516 South County Trail N. Kingstown, RI 02852 401-884-1753

    VYCORE - 31 Capt. Karl Schmaling RR # 1 Box 338 Passaic, NY 12592 845-677-0204

    CHERRY PEPPER - 32 Capt. Linwood Safford 84 Lady Slipper Dr. Charlestown, RI 02813 401-364-6297

    BIG GAME II - 36 Capt. Brian bacon 35 Holly Rd Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-243-7046

    HOT PURSUIT - 37 Capt. Charlie Johnson 40 Melbourne Rd. Warwick, RI 02886 401-738-2427

    RESTLESS - 37 Capt. Rich Templeton 521 Post Rd. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-728-2081

    LADY K - 43 Capt. Stephen Babigian 661 Chestnut Hill Rd. Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-284-2656 239-565-2949

    G. WILLIE MAKIT - 28 Capt. Bill Gould 13 Riverside Lane Madison, CT 06443 484-431-7131 203-245-7831

    Snug HaborREEL TO REEL - 35 Capt. Scott Lundberg PO Box 637 Slatersville RI 02876 508-450-1112

    MARIDEE II - 36 Capt. Andrew Dangelo 1035 Liberty Lane West Kingston, RI 02892 401-783-3927

    PRIORITY TOO - 36 Capt. Rick Bellavance 140 Jerry Lane N. Kingston, RI 02852 401-741-5648

    DRIFTER - 37 Capt. Richard Chatowsky Jr. 58 Tamanaco Dr. Charlestown, RI 02813 401-364-8835

    SEA HAWK - 37 Capt. Nick Butziger 44 Bowen Briggs Ave. Warwick, RI 02886 401-739-6028 401-578-9381

    BARE BONES - 38 Capt. Steven Anderson 33 Grand View Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 401-255-0128

    MISTY - 43 Capt. Mark Ambrosia 53 Karison St. #1 Wakefi eld, RI 02879 401-789-6057 401-316-0668 PERSUADER - 44 Capt. Dennis Dillon 110 Avice Street Narragansett, RI 02882 401-783-5644




    THE PRESIDENTS MESSAGE On behalf of the entire membership of the Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Associa-tion, I would like to thank you for picking up a copy of our annual publication. Formed in 1962, the RIPCBA has been the voice of the Party and Charter Fishing Industry in Rhode Island for 55 years. Over those years our members have seen changes in clientele, changes in technology, changes in regulations, and changes to the ocean climate. What remains un-changed is our passion for our work and our commitment to our customers and our com-munity. The 2016 season was a successful season overall. Many people chose to spend their vacation time in the Ocean State last summer and our charter and party boats were actively fi shing. The weather was a bit windy throughout the summer and fall, but there was very little rain. All the fi sh we catch in our waters were available and the fi shing was consistently good. Some species like Bluefi n and Yellowfi n Tuna even made brief appearances in 2016, signaling improved stocks going forward. Most would agree that the world class Striped Bass fi shing available to RI fi sherman continues to rank as amazing with massive schools regularly passing through Narragansett Bay, Block Island and the South Shore Beaches. Bottom dwell-ers like Cod, Black Sea Bass, Fluke, Scup, and Tautog were available in good numbers last year. Construction on the fi rst offshore wind farm in the United States ended in September 2016. Five huge wind towers are now spinning and very visible off the southeast coast of Block Island. The construction activities were a bit of a nuisance to those fi shing in the area and it seemed some days the fi sh were really affected by the work, but in general the fi shing seems to have returned to what it was prior to the towers. Many RIPCBA captains would be happy to bring folks out to see these one of a kind monsters up close. Your RIPCBA charter captains can now report the numbers of fi sh that are caught and released to NMFS by using a hand-held tablet. Previously, the reports were submitted by paper and there was typically a delay in getting the catch data to the State and to the NOAA Fisheries. The RIPCBA spent years helping to develop the software, and now the program is fi nally available for us to use in place of paper. We are hopeful to capture more accurate data which will help to make better regula-tions. On July 21st 2016, RIPCBA Captains and Crew donated their time and boats to sup-port wounded veterans by bringing 60 Veterans and their caregivers out fi shing on a beauti-ful morning. We were all impressed by the resiliency displayed by these amazing men and women who have given so much to our country. We look forward to more laughs and great memories on next years trip. Following our annual Captains Banquet, we collected and deliv-ered several hundred pounds of non-perishable food items to the Jonnycakes Food Center in Narragansett, RI. I have always been impressed with our members commitment to the local communities that support their businesses and 2016 was no exception. Collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard resulted in the development of an examination and decal program for passenger carrying vessels that carry six or less passengers. RIPCBA members were the fi rst in the region to receive this decal. Our clients can now easily recog-nize vessels that have been examined and found to be in compliance with all safety regula-tions currently required for our vessels and crew. Prior to this program, only vessels carry-ing more than 6 passengers were inspected and displayed any sort of US Coast Guard issued decal. Now RIPCBA boats are required to show proof that each vessel has a valid UPV Decal. Safety is on the minds of everyone and we are leaders in our industry when supporting safe practices.




    As we approach the 2017 season, I am encouraged by the condition of many of the fi sh stocks we catch. An improving economy will provide more people with the resources to take advantage of a beautiful day on the water. Rhode Island is geographically located to offer some of the countrys best opportunities for world class fi shing, SCUBA diving, cruising and sightseeing activities. Each RIPCBA members is a licensed professional, ready to help create your next memorable experience on the water. Rhode Island is called the Ocean State for a reason. Be sure to FISH OUR LOGO, and experience the very best of our ocean activities.

    Capt. Rick Bellavance Jr.

    Reasons For Coming to Rhode IslandYou can choose From Over 65 Vessels

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    BOOK A CHARTER TRIP AS A SPECIAL GIFTHow often have you been in a situation of trying to come up with a new and unique gift idea for that special occasion? Perhaps you have had diffi culty fi nding some-thing for someone who seems to have everything and have racked your brain trying to fi nd something that this individual does not have. Well folks, I just might have the solution to this very common dilemma. Why not consider giving that individual a charter fi shing trip. We have had charters to celebrate

    birthdays, graduations, Fathers Day, anniversaries, vacations, bach-elor parties, family reunions and honeymoon packages. In the past few years people have called to purchase a gift certifi cate for a fi shing charter, and have ei-ther given it away as a gift, or donated it as a raffl e prize for a fund raiser. Some of the gift certifi cates were for a half or full day charter, or sometimes they were for a certain mon-

    etary amount. Now the person that received the gift certifi cate might have a $100.00 or $200.00 gift credit that they could apply towards the charter of their choice. Some captains have even had secretaries call to reserve a fi shing trip for their boss as a present from them for a special occasion. A mortgage broker booked a few charters for some of his real estate agents and lawyers that were his business asso-ciates. He said he couldnt believe the business he generated by taking them out on those fi shing trips. These types of trips combine the excitement of fi sh-ing along with the fellowship of friends or family, sharing the fun and experience together. I cant tell

    you how many times people have told me what a great idea and super gift this type of trip makes. I know from experience that some of the greatest moments of my life involve being around my family and friends on special occa-sions. What better way to share and remember these moments than with a fi shing trip with the people that mean the most to you. The excitement lasts all day and the memories last a lifetime Arranging one of these trips is easy. Just call any of the RIPCBA Captains and we can start putting your plans in motion. Oh by

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    Why Come to R.I.Now is the time to make some plans for the family to enjoy the many activities RI has to offer. We have many miles of san-dy beaches that you can surf, snorkel, scu-ba, sail, kayak, or fish in. Also there are many campgrounds to enjoy a relaxing va-cation back in time with nature. Newport has its Mansions and Cliff Walk, as well as a busy yachting community, museums, and plenty of shops to visit. Summertime fun and activities can be had by all in the many State Parks and beaches. Many riv-ers, streams, brooks, and ponds will satisfy the fresh water enthusiasts, while the vast ocean front and rivers that flow into the sea provide action for the surf fishermen. The Salt ponds, coves, ocean and Narra-gansett Bay, can keep the boaters, kayaks and clam differs happy. There are many very skilled Party ad Charter boat captains with excellent boats of every size, docked at various ports throughout the state. Theses captains are ready to take you fish-ing, cruising, sightseeing, or cruising for a few hours, a half, three quarter or full day or more. You might want to venture off Block Island to check out the first Wind Farm in the USA. We also have many Lighthouses throughout RI, and some of the boats do provide Lighthouse Tours, as well as Harbor Tours. Whale watch-ing trips also provide a chance to see por-poises as well as turtles, sharks, and other sea life. We can take you out to view the many sail boat races that leave out of Newport, or you could anchor up and en-joy the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. If you have a boat, and would like to learn how to fish or handle your own boat, our professional captains can teach you how. Just give one of our captains a call to set it up. A ferry boat ride to beautiful Block Island, the Bermuda of the North, for a day might interest you. There are many, many reasons to come to Rhode Island for a visit. Historic places of interest, churches, theater, music, festivals, jewelry and shopping, are all here for you to enjoy.




    Living And Fishing With GiantsThe fi rst ocean wind farm in our nation is now built and operational off the cost of Block

    Island, Rhode Island. Now we are learning how to live and fi sh with these giant wind turbines. The Block Island wind farm is a pilot project with fi ve turbines; however, 1,000s of turbines are now planned for the east coast. The social impacts of wind farms was the topic at last years 15th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium held at the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI. Forty scientists, government offi cials, consultants and stakeholders from the Block Island business community, an American Indian consultant and a for-hire charter boat operator met to identify social issues worth further study as they relate to ocean wind farms. The offi cial title of the symposium was The Social Dimensions of American Offshore Wind Energy: Towards a Research Agenda. Those invited to attend were some of our nations best wind power scientists studying wind power social issues. They

    came from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, Clark University, the University of Delaware (and its Center for Carbon-free Power Integration) and the University of Arizona. They came to brainstorm social issues worth studying to help facilitate the development of ocean wind farms. Dennis Nixon, professor and director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Programs (one of the events sponsors) said, We have an amazing group of scientist here today we hope to leave this meeting with directional information that will help guide our grant priorities during our next round of grant applications. The idea is to help ocean wind power fl ourish for the benefi t of Rhode Islanders and the nation. Directional highlights of the Symposium included: Building trust with effective and direct communication between stakeholders i.e. residents that can see windfarms, American Indians that hold the lands and waters in their area as sacred and those that utilize the waters in the wind farm area such as commercial fi shermen, for-hire and recreational fi shermen, coastal tourism stakeholders, the shipping industry, etc. Grover Fugate, executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council said, During development of the Rhode Island Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), (initiated in part due to wind farm development in Rhode Island), we learned early that building trust between the fi shing community, government and the developer was key. Without this trust fi shermen could have easily sidetracked the project. With careful attention to communication and building a trusting environment the Block Island project went through permitting in about one year. We have some other coastal projects that have been in permitting and/or litigation for nearly twenty years. Capt. Rick Bellavance, president of the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association and the initial fi sheries liaison for developer Deepwater Wind said, I felt the key was the relationship and direct line of communication we had with the developer. This direct communication was important it did not go through fi sh mangers with a chance of things being misinterpreted. Explore and identify the mindset of various stakeholders, why they support or do not support




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    ocean wind farms. Use key research learnings to help understand concerns and develop awareness and communications models about ocean wind power in general as well as project specifi c models that utilize positive attributes and address negative attributes in plans. Qualitative and quantitative studies that have and can be developed that gives researchers, state and federal governments and developers insight into how stakeholders feel so these fi ndings can be used to effectively communicate with stakeholders before, during and after a project is proposed and/or built. General research themes discussed as being worthy of exploration included: Studies on coastal renters (and potential property owners) on how they feel about having a view of windfarms during the day and at night when the lights are on (for safety reasons). Ecotourism: Do windfarms (specifi cally the Block Island farm) have the potential to play a role in ecotourism i.e. windfarm tours, educational workshops for the public, etc. Do wind farms and the structure their towers create actually generate or create more fi sh or do they just aggregate fi sh from other areas, and if they pull fi sh from other areas what is the impact on the areas that loose the fi sh e.g. fi shing was good at wind farm this summer, but not as good off Pt. Judith and Newport. Do wind farms create added fi shing pressure to an area due to a more fi sh there perception i.e. on any given summer day before construction 20 or so boats would have fi shed for summer fl ounder and black sea bass in the wind farm area, this year with the towers erected there were as many as a hundred vessels fi shing in the area. Study the all in cost of ocean wind farms compared to other forms of energy generation i.e. coal fi red power plants, nuclear power plants, etc. With a comparison cost per kilowatt hour (kwh) governments, planners and windfarm developers can use the information to inform the public that pays for the energy. Bonnie Ram, Associate director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware spent two years in Denmark studying wind power. Ram said, Due to wind power and ocean wind farms the cost of electricity in Denmark is very cheap. They have so much surplus electricity that they have been exporting quite a bit of it to other countries. The above highlights and possible research directions are very preliminary, much more was discussed at the Symposium. Dr. Tiffany Smythe, the Baird Symposium facilitator from the URI Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant said We will be reporting on Symposium input in a way that it can serve as directional research themes for the next round of Rhode Island Sea Grants and it will serve as stimuli for social scientists wanting to study ocean wind power and its effect on stakeholders. Who safeguards the fi sh in a wind farm? We asked Capt. Rick Bellavance, president of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and former fi sheries liaison for Deepwater Wind, who is responsible for the fi sh in Federal waters where windmill leases are granted. Capt. Bellavance said to the best of his understanding it all falls to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). BOEM is under the control of the Department of the Interior and not the Department of Commerce that has the Magnuson-Stevens Act as a guide to manage the fi sh along with NOAAs National Marine Fisheries Service and the regional councils to help develop and implement management strategies and plans to safeguard the fi sh. So there is potential for confl ict with two national departments engaged controlling oceans and fi sh in one area. Here are some highlights from Capt. Bellavance on how things




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    QUESTIONS ABOUT CHARTERINGHere are some questions and answers that many people ask when trying to book a RIPCBA vessel. (Q) Do we have to bring food and drinks or do you have them on the boats? (A) If you are going on a party boat, they do provide food, snacks and drinks onboard, but you are always welcome to bring your own food. Check with them to see what is on the menu, and dont expect a prime rib or lobster dinner. Some boats sell and allow alcohol onboard, and others do not, so check fi rst. As for charter boats, most do not have food or drinks onboard so everyone brings their own, but you can always ask the captain if food or drinks could be provided. Some charter groups check in advance and order muffi ns, coffee or breakfast sandwiches, or sandwiches and drinks for lunch. You would then pay the captain the expense of providing you with your food and drinks. (Q) Is alcohol allowed on charter boats? (A) Some charter boats allow people to drink beer or wine and not hard stuff, while other boats allow anything you want to drink, but I believe the common answer amongst all charter boats is that if anyone gets drunk or out of hand, the trip is over and the boat returns to the dock and you still pay for the full trip. (Q) How many people are allowed on the boats and do children count? (A) First off, children no matter how young do count towards your total people allowed, as well as people who say they only want to watch and not fi sh. You are considered a passenger on a licensed passenger carrying vessel and we have strict laws set by the U.S. Coast Guard that we have to abide by. Party boats are Inspected Vessels, meaning they can carry more than 6 passengers up to the capacity of their vessel, and so they are just like going to the movies. You can call ahead and reserve a spot or just show up and if there is room you get a ticket and climb aboard. Charter boats by Coast Guard rules are only allowed to take up to 6 people. The only exception is the Inspected Charter boats that are allowed over 6 passengers. Sometimes we




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    get people that want to take more than 6 but dont want to go on a party boat with other people. You can ask the captain if he has other charter boats that he works with and you can put your charter together with as many boats as needed. This also brings out the competitive edge of all the anglers, fi shing next to each other during the day on the water. This is great for businesses taking out clients or workers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, or family reunions. Of course you can also do this on a party boat and reserve the whole boat to yourselves. Just call and ask the price and see if they can do it. (Q) Do I have to give you a deposit to reserve my trip? (A) Yes. A deposit is our way to reserve your date in our schedule. You will not lose your deposit as long as you show up and go on the boat. If the weather is bad, the captain will decide on the dock if he will sail or not. If he cancels the trip, most likely he will offer you another date to go, and if that doesnt work then you should get your deposit back. Every captain has his own policy so dont be afraid to ask, but if you dont show up, your deposit is not refundable. You have reserved a boat, captain, mate/mates for the day. They probably could have fi lled that date up with someone else and not lost the days pay, but at the last minute its almost impossible. (Q) What is the policy on the fi sh we catch? (A) First off, we all have to abide by the State and Federal fi sheries regulations pertaining to bag limits and size limits for all fi sh. We have to throw back any fi sh that are not the right size, and we cant keep more than

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    Rhode Island fi sh you might catch

    BLUEFISH: A real strong fi ghti ng fi sh found in our bays, along the shore and out in deep water. Strikes at a host of arti fi cial lures, feather jigs, eel-skins, whole eels. One of the very few fi sh that will bite at a mans hand with its steel like jaws. World record 24 pounds. Roams the oceans and is coming back strong.

    STRIPED BASS : One of our greatest salt water game fi sh. Found all along Rhode Island shores, parti cularly in rocky areas and in estuaries, salt ponds and rivers. Largest local fi sh, 78 pounds, came from Block Island area. Takes arti fi cial lures, shrimp, sea worms, bloodworms, crabs, eels, and menhaden. June through November.

    ATLANTIC COD: An excellent white meat fi sh. Caught 12 months of the year by bott om fi shing methods near shore to deep-water wrecks. Feeds on clams, crabs, and jigs. Sizes 3 pounds to record 98 pounds.

    TAUTOG: A bott om fi sh by most concepts, but also taken with very light tackle and chum in bays and rivers. Found all along shore but favors rocky areas and piers. Feeds on all mollusks, shrimp, worms, crabs. Season April through December. Average size three to seven pounds. Local record is 21 pounds from Seal Rock Ledge.

    SUMMER FLOUNDER: Also known as fl uke, is greatly sought aft er along ocean fronts. Has sharp teeth and although a bott om fi sh will drive baitf ish to the surface. Caught during warm weather. Feeds on all kinds of small fi sh and squids. Weighs from a pound to ten and above.

    SCUP: A silvery bott om fi sh, weighing from a few ounces up to four pounds. In recent years it has moved into bay and brackish waters in warm weather in great numbers. Larger specimens frequent deep-water ledges and bars off shore. Feeds on all mollusks, squids, shrimp, worms, and bites freely.

    BLACK SEA BASS: A very feisty bott om fi sh. They are caught along the shores in rocky areas around pilings and docks, as well as in deep water wrecks and rock piles. Feeds on all mollusks, squid, clams, worms, butt erfi sh, and shrimp. Weighs from a 1/2 lb.to eight lbs. Average sizes are two to fi ve pounds.




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    our limit of fi sh per person on the boat. You can still catch more fi sh, but you have to release them. Most charter boats all have State and Federal permits to even be allowed to fi sh for

    these species, and we have to report on every trip as to what we kept and threw back. Most boats give all the fi sh to the anglers. There are exceptions though with Giant Blue Fin Tuna, and other offshore species. You have to check that out with the captain before you go fi shing. If you have watched Wicked Tuna you can see how much money is involved in Giant Tuna, but you should also have noticed that the money always went to the boat, captain and crew. If they had a charter onboard, they might have gotten the trip free or had a credit towards another trip. This is due to the licensing and permitting involved in even being allowed to fi sh or retain these big fi sh. (Q) Can we bring our own fi shing tackle, rods, reels, or bait? (A) Yes you can, but on party boats they have rods, reels and tackle to rent for a nominal fee, and the bait is provided for you to use, but if you prefer to bring your own, go right ahead. Charter boats are somewhat the same, except most all provide the rods,

    reels, and tackle needed, but if you would like to bring your own that would be fi ne, as long as the equipment is in good shape and correct for what you are fi shing for. You shouldnt show up to go tuna fi shing with a fresh water spinning rod and 6 lb. test on it, and then wonder why the captain tells you to leave it in the car. Bait is usually provided by all charter boats, but if you want to bring along your own or extra I am sure it would be fi ne. The one bait that is usually

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    an extra expense is eels. Some charter boats charge for eels if you would like to use them during the day to fi sh for bass. (Q) What happens to the fi sh I catch? (A) On party boats they keep your fi sh in a large fi sh box on a stringer and give you the number of your stringer. On the way home they will ask you if you want your fi sh cleaned and fi lleted or gutted or whole. Some people keep their fi sh in their own coolers. Dont forget to tip the mates at the end of the day for helping you get your gear ready to fi sh if you needed help, netting and gaffi ng your fi sh, as well as cleaning and fi lleting. On charter boats most fi sh are put in a fi sh well or cooler, but you could put them in your own cooler if you prefer. On the way home the mates will ask the same questions as to how you want your fi sh. Most groups split up the catch at the end of the day because they all know each other, but you can always keep your own fi sh if you prefer. Also tell the mate if you want your fi sh done a certain way. Some people want skinned and boned fi lets, while others want the skin left on for smoking, or they just want them gutted. Mates will do whatever you want as long as you ask them, and they usually get between 15-20% and more of the charter fee as a tip. This tip is from the whole group not individually. It is also not necessary to tip the captains, but if you feel they have gone out of their way to make your trip enjoyable, I am sure they will appreciate it. (Q) Should I bring along some foul weather gear or does the boat have raincoats if it starts raining? (A) If the weather forecast is for showers or rain, it is best that you bring along a rain coat or foul weather gear and boots. There is always room on the boats to store your gear till you need it. Better to have it with you then in your vehicle. Party & charter boats do not provide foul weather gear. The same applies to hot and cold weather changes. Sometimes in the morning it is very cold and you need a sweatshirt or coat, but later on it warms up and you could fi sh in your tee shirt. Bring whatever clothes you think you will need to be comfortable.

    Continued on page 18

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    Continued from page 17(Q) What should I bring on a charter? (A) You should bring food and drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, clothes for the weather, camera or phone to take pictures. If your food is in a cooler with ice, that is great because now you can put your fi sh in the cooler to go home. Dont bring along empty big coolers for your fi sh, especially if there is not enough room on the boat to store it. Leave those big coolers in your vehicle till you get back. Then you can bring it down to the boat and load it up if you need to. Many people use 1 or 2 coolers for everyone, and stow all their drinks and food together. This gives you more room on the boat to move

    around. (Q) Do I have to wear boots on a boat? (A) No, but if you have them and the weather or the boat is going to be wet then defi nitely take them. Ladies, do not show up on the boat wearing high heels. Wear sneakers or something comfortable hopefully with soft soles. Men do not need to wear cowboy boots or combat boots either. Soft soled sneakers or shoes and boots work fi ne. (Q) Will the boat turn around and take me back if I get sea sick? (A) Most likely NO, especially if you are on a Party Boat. They will not end a trip and go back to the dock if you get sea sick. There are usually 25-80 people on board, and it would not be fair to everyone to cancel their trip for you. If you are prone to sea sickness, plan your trip according to the weather forecast. If they are calling for large seas and strong winds then you should pick another day. If its going to be a typical weather day but youre afraid to get sick then take some Dramamine, Bonine, or other motion sickness

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    medication. It is best that you take it the night before to get it into your system and then take one on the morning of the trip and you should be fi ne. (Q) If we get tired of fi shing what are our options? (A) Party boats are out for a certain amount of time to catch you fi sh. If you are tired, take a break inside the cabin or just sit out on the deck somewhere and enjoy the view. Charter boats can be a little more fl exible due to only your group of friends or relatives have chartered the boat, and you can ask the captain if there are any other options. On some trips you might catch your limit of fi sh, and you can now go home, or practice catch and release. You could also ask the captain if there are any other species that you could fi sh for. Another possibility is that you could ask the captain to take you into Block Island or into a harbor for lunch or shopping. This could all be planned ahead of time too. If people become sea sick and the weather is getting worse, the captain might suggest that he fi nd some calmer water or tie up in the Island and wait for the weather to pass. All of these possibilities and more can be had with a charter boat if you just ask the captain. I have had some anglers that caught plenty of fi sh and then asked me if I would take them for a sightseeing trip around Block Island to see the lighthouses, cliffs, etc. before we went home. Depending on the size of the boat and what the captains are willing to do, you can be creative as to what your charter could be. Although most of our trips are for fi shing, we also do sightseeing, harbor cruises, sunset cruises, lighthouse tours, ash burials, viewing yacht races and tall ships, anchoring up to enjoy air shows, jazz and folk festivals. Check out our list of vessels on pg. 2-3, and dont be afraid to ask the captains all your questions. We strive to make your day on the water an enjoyable, and memorable event so that you will come back and visit us again and tell all your friends of the great time you had Fishing in RI. with the RIPCBA.




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    Last fall while fi shing on a beautiful day off of Block Island, I witnessed a strange hap-pening. One of my regular customers who usually doesnt care if he catches a fi sh or not, had a change of heart. He usually just enjoys himself being out on the boat with his close friends, leaving all the stress of life on shore. Well this year when we started fi sh-ing he pulled out of his pocket a prayer card to St. Anthony. Now you have to understand that this person is a very funny guy, so we all just wondered what he was up to. He started praying to St. Anthony to let him catch the biggest fi sh, since he never wins the pool. Well everyone was catching a lot of fi sh. Some were keepers and many were short throwbacks, when all of a sudden St. An-thony made a believer out of us all. He was fi ghting a big blackfi sh, and everyone was en-couraging him to keep reeling, while some of his buddies were hoping he was going to lose his fi sh. Once the fi sh hit the surface every-

    St. Anthony Comes Through For Fisherman




    one was laughing because St. Anthony had answered his prayers and done his job. Now some of the other guys wanted to hold the prayer card, but he would not give it up. He was now in contention to be the pool winner. Not being satisfi ed with that nice fi sh he got, out came the prayer card again and he was asking for St.Anthonys help again. Sure enough he hooked into another fi sh, but it didnt fi ght as good as the fi rst one had, and when the mate pulled it out of the water it was probably the smallest fi sh of the day. Once again all the laughing and ridicule start-ed up, and he swore up and down that he was never taking St. Anthony out fi shing again. Of course none of us believed him because he put the prayer card back in his jacket pocket for the next trip, and he promised to bring prayer cards for everybody on the next trip.

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    RIPCBA Members Pitching In For Better ScienceMention Black Sea Bass to just about any fi sherman, commercial or recreational, and chances are good you will get an earful describing the mountains of fi sh that seem to carpet the ocean fl oor along our coast. With equal passion, you will certainly sense the frustration stemming from the management of this fi sh species that severely restricts the amount of Black Sea Bass any fi sherman can harvest. The reasoning for this conundrum is complicated, centering around a phrase fi sherman have learned to dread hearing,Scientifi c Uncertainty. Scientifi c Uncertainty is calculated by the scientists based on what they dont know about a species and a value is deducted from the overall amount of fi sh that fi sherman can harvest from the ocean. Black Sea Bass happens to be a species that scientists have a lot of questions about (Scientifi c Uncertainty), which means the value they deduct from our quota is higher than in other species. The RIPCBA has joined forces with some scientists from Rutgers University and The

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    23Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation on two projects that collect this important data, which will help answer some of the questions about the different life stages and spatial distribution of Black Sea Bass. They were looking for lenghts, sex of the fi sh, and different choices in hook types that the sea bass prefered. The picture on the right shows the scientists getting the length of a fi sh, while the picture on the left is the retrieval of fi sh scales to determine their age. The scientists from Rutgers did 2 trips per month from May thru December in RI, and other states (CT, NY, NJ, and MD) during the year to gather their much needed data. Using scientifi cally approved protocols, fi sherman on board for these special trips caught the fi sh on a rod and reel. They collected data using j hooks and circle hooks, timed fi shing intervals, fi shing while drifting and fi shing anchored up. They also recorded the location, date and fi shing timed intervals, sex, fi sh length,

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    bottom water temperature. They even removed fi sh scales for determining ages of the fi sh, as well as looking for eggs to establish sex of the fi sh. The picure on the left is of the scientist getting an egg sample from the fi sh.Additionally, the CFRF project is testing innovative software downloaded to a handheld tablet that will record all this data electronically for better accuracy. In the end, we are hopeful that this information will reduce the scientifi c uncertainty, which will result in higher quotas for all fi shermen. Rhode Island DEM is going to conduct some research on sea bass this coming year, and is looking for help from the fi shing communities. Pitching in with research projects is one way the RIPCBA is working to improve experiences for all the anglers who fi sh on our boats.

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    MEMORIES OF THE BIG FISH STORYI fi shed the Atlantic Ocean frequently with my friend Bobby Sangster, and the fi shing was good in August of 1985. We caught a lot of fi sh, including tuna between 40 and 150 pounds. Fisher-men have their own secret method of catching the BIG ones. Our secret was to use live Mackerel whereas others used dead fi sh as bait. Now Ill get to the big fi sh story of how we caught a tuna that weighed 560 pounds and was the second one caught in his 26 open boat. We traveled 32 miles out into the ocean to a spot where fi sh had marked on the depth fi nder, a day earlier. There were still occasional marks showing big tuna swimming about 50 feet under the surface. Nearly 200 other boats were fi shing in the same general area. We put the mackerel on a hook with 130 lb. test line, just like a 3-pound minnow, and lowered it 50 feet, using a balloon for a bobber. Within 15 minutes we had the fi sh hooked. The red fl ag was raised which signals other fi sher-men that we're into a big one, started the engine and away we went. The tuna swims so fast and is so strong, that you take off in the boat chasing him at 10-12 miles per hour. The fi rst fi sh (August 1984) took 3 hours to get into the boat and moved us 15 miles from where it was hooked. The big one took only an hour and a half to stop because we had a strong young man in the fi ghting chair (my son Brent) that put more drag on the reel

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    which tired the fi sh out sooner. When the tuna start getting tired, they swim in circles, the smaller the circles, and the more tired the fi sh. Finally the fi sh was alongside the boat, all 560 pounds of it, and it was hooked only with 130 pound test line. If the hook fell out or the line broke, the fi sh would sink. That is why we used a harpoon and dart to secure the fi sh alongside until the fl ying-gaff hook and block and tackle were used to haul the fi sh aboard. The fi sh was bled, then covered with a blanket and kept hosed down to keep it cool and out of the sun. When we got back to the dock it mea-sured in at 8 1, with a girth of 72 inches, and tipped the scales at 560 pounds. The day went something like this: 3:30 A.M. Wake up, pack lunches, fi ll the cooler with ice and food. 4:00 A.M. Leave with the van all packed for the trip. 5:00 A.M. Arrive at Stone Cove Marine, in Wakefi eld and unload gear from the van to the boat. Install electronic gear: Loran, radar, depth sounder recorder, water temperature gauge and VHF marine radio. Turn on radio and monitor the weather station while checking engine, oil, coolant, etc. Start the engine and warm it up. 5:15 A.M. Cast off the lines and glide slowly past other marinas and numerous moored boats., until we passed Snug Harbor area where you could buy gas, bait, food, and later sell them our fi sh.

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    Continued from page 295:43 A.M. Now leaving the channel and heading for the west gap. The boat is revved up to 3,000 RPM and we headed out 220 to the "Rip" on the north end of Block Island. Bait fi sh

    must be picked up and the Rip is a good place to start. On the way things were readied for fi sh-ing. - Rods, reels, line, leaders, hooks, fi ghting harness and small spinning rods for our favorite bait - mackerel. We passed the Rip area and found no bait fi sh that morning, so onward to New Har-bor Block Island, about another 3 miles. 6:35 A.M. we arrived at New Harbor and started jigging for mackerel. Going into the harbor, drifting down the channel's edge, the tide pulled us along as far as the Coast Guard Station. Soon the mackerel were spotted and we caught what was needed. 7:05 A.M. Departed New Harbor Block Island with a half dozen 18" mackerel weighing 2-3 pounds each. Still heading 220 we cleared the south end of the island and turned east at a bearing of 165. Our cruising

    speed was 15 knots, and with a light 1-2 chop, the 26-foot 7,000 pound boat ran quite smooth. Looked like a good fi shing day, the sun was bright with only a few scattered clouds. There was plenty of time to ready the boat now for catching the big one. The bow cover was unsnapped




    and rolled up tight and secured to the forward deck, revealing the home-made fi ghting chair which was mounted in the bow. Hooks were tied to a 250 lb. monofi lament leader, about 15 feet long. The cutting board was secured to the gunwale where it would be used to cut up butter fi sh for chum. Checked the live bait well to be sure the water was circulating and the mackerel were alive and well. Then it was time to climb up the tower and watch for fi sh. Usually there are many tell-tales of their presence. The fi rst clue is the birds. They feed on bits and pieces of bait fi sh that were chased to the surface by larger fi sh and get chewed up. Birds are visible for great distances on the water. The next thing used for fi nding fi sh is a chart recorder depth sounder. Some fi sh we have observed on the surface are whales, shark, bluefi sh and school tuna. 8:25 A.M. The fi shing fl eet was visible now, both the north fl eet and the west fl eet. We headed for the west fl eet which already had more than 100 boats and it was only 8:25 A.M. Circling the fl eet, we slipped into the southern edge of the 2-mile circle of boats, dropped our anchor and set up the fl oat and quick release mechanism. Equipment was double-checked and the fi shing began as a live 3-pound mackerel was hooked thru the back, just like a minnow, and quickly thrown into the ocean. Mackerel can't breathe unless they are allowed to swim, unlike most fi sh that are capable of pumping water thru the

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    gills while not swimming. A lead weight was taped to the line ahead of the 15-foot leader and 50 feet of line was let out as this was the depth where fi sh were marked moments ago on the depth sounder. Now a balloon was attached to the line as a "bobber". The 130-pound interna-tional class rod and reel was placed in one of the gunwale rod holders, with the clicker on and the reel in free spool. It was now 9:15 A.M. and the butter fi sh were being removed from the ice chest and cut up in 1-inch pieces and dropped overboard at a steady rate to attract the big fi sh in the area. The chart recorder was on and was randomly observed for marks showing big fi sh. The duties of fi ghting a big fi sh were rehearsed as the three people on board have specifi c tasks that must be done in the proper order. The initial tasks must be done simultaneously and without hesitation because time is extremely important. When a fi sh is hooked, it starts fi ghting immediately and tries to shake the hook. Bob throws the reel to the "strike" posi-tion to set the hook then backs off on the drag and picking up the rod allows the fi sh to swim but is ready to reel up any slack line. Brent must reel in all the other rods and place them in their holders, then dart for the fi ghting chair and strap himself into the hip harness already in place. Meanwhile, I have pulled the pin on the quick release anchor, raised the red fl ag, and started the boat engine. Now Bob shouts the direction for me to head the boat and we're on our way! Bob brings the big rod forward and gives it to Brent, and then lines are attached between the rod and chair. The harness Brent was wearing gets snapped to the reel. Once everything is set, Brent starts putting pressure on the reel and pumping the rod. I head the boat in the same direction as the fi sh is swimming, Bob keeps the foot rest of the fi ghting chair pointed towards the fi sh and instructs Brent when to reel, change the drag, pump the rod, etc. I must keep the boat on top of the fi sh while Bob hollers back for any corrections in speed

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    or course. The boat must never get on top of the fi shing line or it will break, so when the fi sh is directly below and starts swimming in a differ-ent direction it requires full reverse for a second to keep the line from hitting the boat. As the fi sh begins to tire, it swims in a circle, and the more tired the fi sh is, the tighter the circle. 9:30 A.M. We had only been fi shing for 15 minutes and we have all day to wait it out if necessary. Then it happened! Bob yelled "FISH ON" and everybody did what had to be done. Ninety minutes later we had stopped the fi sh, which was tired. Just like a mackerel can't breathe unless swimming, this fi sh was alongside the boat nearly motionless, but awesome in size. 559 pounds hanging there on the little 130-pound line. Should it break, we would lose the fi sh, so we got out the harpoon and put a small dart in the fi sh, and tied this line onto a gunwale cleat and for the fi rst time in 90 minutes we relaxed. It was 11:00 A.M. and we were pooped. Time out for a sandwich and some iced tea and a chance for our heart beats to return to normal. The big fi sh was now raised, head fi rst, out of the water and into the boat. It took two people on the block and tackle and the third to pull the tail up and into the boat. This giant bluefi n tuna was 8 1 long and had a girth of over 70 inches. The fi sh was now on the deck squeezed between the engine box and port side of the boat. The fi sh was

    Continued on page 32

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    Continued from page 31covered with a blanket and wet down to keep it cool and not let the sun dry it out. It was then noon, and with the fi sh aboard and all the fi shing gear put away, we headed north for 2 miles to pick up our anchor-line-fl oat. This wasn't easy to fi nd among 150 boats, but with the help of the Loran C our prior position was soon found and the anchor too. Now we cruised around the fl eet and headed north for the 32-mile trip back to Point Judith. We slipped into Snug Harbor, to sell the fi sh. The fi sh was lifted onto the dock, weighted, pictures were taken and we had a cup of coffee and a ham-burger. The boat was fi lled with gas

    and off we went up Salt Pond to Stone Cove Marina. It was 4:00 P.M. now and it seemed like a short day compared to last year when we fought a 439 pounder for 3 hours. We hooked up at noon and it took us 15 miles plus the 42 miles back to port, so we didn't get back to the dock that day till 10:00 P.M. Tom Williams died a few years ago and this was a story writ-ten and handed down from father to son Brent, about a great experience they both shared and would never forget.

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    Here is a recipe you can use with Striped Bass, Cod, Tautog (blackfi sh) or Bluefi sh.

    2 lbs of fi sh fi llet. 1 C Onions chopped2 Tbs of Mayo C of Celery1 Tbs of Dijon mustard 1 C Pepper red or yellow chopped2 Eggs beaten 1 C Corn2 C Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs 1 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning

    Directions:Cut fi sh fi llets into small chunks and poach until the fi sh is white and fl akes. Drain and cool down the fi sh and break apart so it is like a crab meat texture. Saut Onion, Celery and Pep-per in a little olive oil until tender and then cool. Mix all the other ingredients into a bowl and add the cooled fi sh chunks and veggies. Add salt and red pepper fl akes to taste. Now form the mixture into fi sh patties. In a large skillet pour about a of Canola oil or an Ol-ive Oil Canola mix. Heat up the oil and when it is hot add the fi sh cakes. Cook until golden brown and then turn over and cook the other side till golden brown. Take the cakes out of the pan and put them on a paper towel to drain off excess oil. Serve with veggies or a salad, or make a fi sh cake sandwich and top with a horseradish sauce or cocktail sauce.





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    Here is a great recipe for tautog (blackfi sh) chowder. You can substitute tautog with striped bass, scup or cod.


    lb. pancetta or smoked bacon 6-8 Yukon Gold Potatoes chopped1 lg. onion chopped 2 lbs. Tautog or other white fi sh4 cloves garlic, chopped gal. Milk2 lg. carrots chopped 1 pint of Heavy Cream2 Stalks of Celery chopped small 3 Tbs. fl our2 Tbs. Olive Oil

    Directions:Drizzle about 2 Tbs Olive Oil in a pot and add Chopped pancetta or bacon, onion, celery, and garlic. Saut until the onions are caramelized. Stir in the fl our and mix well. Then add 1 qt. of milk and stir until smooth. Simmer on low for a few minutes and add chopped potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender. OR..You could cook the potatoes in another pot with salt-ed water, drain and then add to the milk and veggies if you would like. Now add the Heavy Cream and the rest of the Milk, stir and simmer for 10 min. Add the Fish, salt and pepper to taste, stir and cover the pot and simmer for a few more min. Then shut off the heat and let the fi sh steam in the pot for another 15 minutes. Serve with some nice crusty bread.

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    KING & QUEEN OF FALL FISHING ~ COD & TAUTOGIn Rhode Island the fall is a great time to fi sh. The striped bass bite is still lingering as the

    last of the fi sh migrate south, black sea bass are plentiful, the squid are usually in, tautog fi shing is hot and for the past two years cod fi shing was better than it has been in years. Cod and tautog are the king and queen of fall fi shing. With mild weather more and more anglers are fi shing in the fall. Heres what happens in the hot fi shing months of September, October and November and December. Last year tautog fi shing was outstanding with many anglers able to reach their limit in the fall (three fi sh in early fall then on October 15th a six fi sh/angler/day limit on charter and party boats, private boats had a 10 boat fi sh limit). Rock piles and structured bottom off Narragansett, Scarborough Beach, Pt. Judith and all along the southern coastal shore were good with rock piles from Newport to the Sakonnet River bearing fruit too. Last November, Mike Wade of Watch Hill Outfi tters, Westerly said, The tautog season has been great with customers catching fi sh in the 10 to 15 pound range fairly regularly. We havent started to fi sh the deeper water and our outer reefs yet. Mike Kwok of Palisades Park, NJ landed a 14.8 pound tautog while fi shing the Frances Fleet. Capt. Frank Blount said, Fishing

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    remained strong with many angler limits recorded and many others who came close. Many Charter Boats fi shed for tautog through November last year with good results. On days when there were strong westerly winds, they fi shed all the rockpiles just off the coast. Results couldnt have been better. At times there were so many small tautog throwbacks that the ratio was 10 to 1. Many groups just missed fi lling the quota of six fi sh/per angler by only a few fi sh. Largest fi sh were between six and ten pounds. Most of the days the fl eet fi shed up to three miles south of Newport with very good results. The largest fi sh caught in the deeper water was around ten pounds. On many trips in November the charters caught some cod and sea bass mixed in with the tautog, so everyone had plenty of great fi sh to eat during the winter months..Years ago Rhode Islanders caught cod from shore. An angler could catch as many as ten fi sh to sixty pounds from shore in one outing. Fishing from shore for cod is no longer realistic. There are hardly any cod close to shore that you can reach from the beach. Cod has received so much commercial fi shing pressure over the years that they are no longer plentiful, particularly close to shore. Additionally, they are a cold water fi sh and with climate change and warming water along the northeast continental shelf




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    some scientists believe that cod are headed for deeper cooler water. In spite of the gloomy cod outlook off Massachusetts, last November (and all of the winter) the cod fi shing was very good off Rhode Island. A decent amount of customers had two to four cod apiece to take home, while the experienced anglers many times caught their limit of 10 cod per person. Still all in all signs are encouraging and cod fi sh are being found on just about every rock pile sampled. Ken Ferrara of Rays Bait & Tackle said, I had four customers catch cod from 22 to 31, some in the Bay while tautog fi shing at General Rock, North Kingstown and some off Newport. Last November the cod were close to shore. Anglers did not even have to travel to Coxs Ledge which is traditionally a fertile cod fi shing area. Last year, charter boats fi shed the Sharks Ledge and the East Grounds just three miles east of Block Island with outstanding results, so cod do seem to be getting closer to shore in the past year or two off Rhode Island. Where to fi nd cod? Anglers drift or anchor up to fi nd cod, it depends what the fi sh are feeding

    on and whether they are dispersed or all in one place. In recent years charter captains have been drifting because you cover more ground and are more likely to drift over a fi sh when they are spread out. In the past charter boats used to fi nd a good pile, carefully anchor on them




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    and keep them in the area by dropping clam shells. This method proved to be successful on many trips. Capt. Rusty Benn of the Seven Bs said, You have to put the time in to fi nd the fi sh learning from your past and recent trips as to where the fi sh are. Our winter cod captain Andy Dangelo does just that. He is methodical in his approach. He always gives 120% to fi nd the fi sh. What do you need to catch cod? A hook, sinker with enough weight that holds the bottom and sea clams for bait are all you need to catch cod. Jigs of various sizes, color and weight depending on conditions are used too. Cod will generally eat anything that is in front of them, they are not picky, but you have to get their attention and jigs usually do a good job of this. A common rig used is a diamond jig with a colored teaser buck tail tied about 12 inches above the jig. Anglers often tip the jig and buck tail with fresh bait (a piece of sea clam). Anglers also use teaser hooks with soft curly tails or Gulp baits to catch cod. Most anglers




    Continued from page 39use a traditional boat rod and reel to catch cod. A short, sturdy 30 to 40 pound test rod of fi ve to six feet is common with a traditional real of similar weight capacity. A fi fty pound test line (both braid and monofi lament) are used. Fresh bait or jigs both work in November, and the winter months. Capt. Rusty said, If there is squid and herring in the area jigs seem to work best. You might say with a shiny silver jig you are matching the hatch matching whats in the water. So working a jig off the bottom is what you want to do. However, bait seems to work well too. The big thing is do not give up too quickly. I see so many fi shermen use a jig for ten minutes, get no bites and give up on them. You have to put your time in on the rail and give whatever bait you are using

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    RHODE ISLAND SPRING TAUTOG FISHINGIt is offi cially Spring Time in Rhode Island and that means Striped Bass are on the move now with reports of some Cod being caught offshore, but lets talk Tautog. The recreational tautog season started on April 15 and will conclude the Spring season on May 31 so this species can spawn in the shallows of the bay until August 1. Tautog can be caught by both shore anglers and boaters especially in the spring as they are in the shallow rocky areas of the bay making it possible to be targeted by both groups on anglers. Tautog, also known as

    Blackfi sh or Togs, are both a great fi ghting fi sh and extremely tasty. This species, for most anglers unless you are a seasoned cod fi sherman, opens the fi shing season and closes it too since the season begins in April and ends in December. It can take a lot of fi nesse and patience at times with these hard-fi ghting bottom dwellers and be prepared to donate some fi shing tackle to your favorite reefs where tautog take up refuge. The big difference between these two fi sh species however, is the initial bite. Tautog have a very light bite and so proper gear and technique is required in catching these sneaky fi sh. Another difference is that you can usually fi nesse tautog out of their lair by giving them slack line and popping the fi shing line until they swim outhopefully! Tautog habitat ranges from about the Coast of Nova Scotia to South Carolina. The best fi shing seems to be from Cape Cod to Delaware. Rhode Islands Reefs from just south of the Sakonnet River, to West




    of the Newport Area Reefs, Narragansett Bay and the rocky shoreline from Narragansett to Westerly can be very productive. The overall structure that tautog are found in include: rocky shorelines, jetties, oyster beds, mussel beds, wrecks, piers and areas with boulders. While Tautog have been known to grow to about 20+ pounds, the average size we catch in Rhode Island is typically 3 to 5 pounds. Some of the biggest tautog can be caught in spring due in part to the time of their spawn. Numerous fi sh of 6 to 9 lb. in our area are caught frequently. The growth rate of tautog is very slow, which is why conservation of this species is very critical. Tautog are practically motionless at night making them impossible to catch. Tautog are best fi shed during the day when there is current. Current is critical! Inshore tautog will also follow the tides in to feed and move back into deeper water at ebb tides. When fi shing for tautog, a major key to a productive day of fi shing is location, location, location. Tautog are very structure oriented and do not travel far to feed. Be prepared to anchor several times and/or make many adjustments to the amount of anchor line you let out. Be prepared to donate anchors on your favorite reef unless you utilize some custom made anchoring devices as

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    mentioned below. A quality depth fi nder/graph to locate the proper structure is necessary to target this species of fi sh. Sometimes fi shing from one side of the boat to the other can mean the difference of a productive or non-productive day. It is also common that once you catch tautog in a particular location, you will probably catch several more on the same spot. On another note, you may see another angler catching several fi sh within 25 yards away or closer while you are not catching any. When this happens, you may want to a seek out psychiatric care since this can be very frustrating. Anchoring is a major component in the pursuit and capture of tautog. A Danforth style anchor can get wedged in a rock when fi shing for Tautog. You may want to build an anchor utilizing concrete reinforcement bars and make a grappling hook. The softer rods of this anchor will typically bend and make it easier to get it out of the rocks upon departure. If using a

    Danforth style anchor, in addition to the main rope and chain, you can rig a rope to the backside of the anchor fl ukes and put a ball on it with enough rope to reach the surface, or you could attach your chain to the bottom of the anchor with a shackle, and use wire ties to attach the chain to the top of the anchor. When you depart, pull the anchor from the opposite direction of the hook set. The anchor fl ukes will then be pulled out of the