Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing segments of recreational fishing, and on Monday Kraig Ruth, kayak fishing expert and chair of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association Kayak Committee, will review the species it targets and the available boat launches it frequents.
The RISAA seminar will take place at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in West Warwick, RI
Kraig has extensive knowledge of Rhode Island waters that are accessible via kayak. This seminar is ideal for kayakers and will include targeted species from each launch area, so it will be perfect for smaller boats and shore anglers who often fish in the same areas.
The Elks Lodge will have food available at 5:30 p.m. RISAA members attend free, non-members are asked to donate $10 to the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation.
For more information, contact Greg Vespe at 401-826-2121.
Climate Change Scenario Planning Complex
The impacts of climate change on east coast fisheries are difficult to assess. What will happen with rising temperatures, ocean acidification, sea level rise, habitat degradation and other climatic factors that could impact access , fish, fishermen and fishing communities? I had the honor this week of trying to help figure things out at the East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning Creation Workshop in Arlington, Virginia.
Seventy-five participants from commercial and recreational fisheries, climate, social and fisheries scientists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, community leaders and fisheries managers came together for three days to collaborate to imagine what the future could hold for us in the next 20 years.
Scenario planning is an approach that helps people and organizations prepare for an uncertain future. We cannot be sure of the precise nature of the upcoming changes. The planning workshop aims to produce possible scenarios or stories, then it will be a question of selecting those that can occur and planning them.
The initiative is led by NOAA Fisheries and its East Coast partners, the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Fisheries Management Boards, as well as the United States Marine Fisheries Commission. Atlantic States.
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Executive Director Robert Beal participated in the launch of the workshop. The ASMFC sets coastwide regulations for fish in state waters out to the three-mile limit.
“Fisheries planning for climate change is a complex subject,” Beal said. “We have three different Board jurisdictions and ASMFC with geographic boundaries and fish, as we know, don’t care about boundaries, so it’s important that we collaborate on possible scenarios.”
The purpose of the session was not to generate and agree on solutions, but to consider the challenges and opportunities we may face over the next 20 years. The initiative is designed to prepare fishing communities and managers for an era of climate change. The central questions of the workshop were: How might climate change affect stock distribution, availability and other aspects of East Coast marine fisheries over the next 20 years?
The next phase of the initiative will be to use selected scenarios to explore implications for fisheries governance and management and consider changes that could be beneficial under a range of different future conditions.
For more details on the initiative, visit mafmc.org.
Where’s the bite?
Striped bass and bluefish: Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle in Providence said, “The bass bite in the Providence River is excellent.” Tom Giddings of Tackle Box in Warwick said: “The striped bass and bluefish fishing for customers has been outstanding. From the Providence River and along the East Passage, anglers catch beautiful slot-sized fish in the 30-inch and 32-inch range with poggies, trolling rigs and rigs. tubes and worms. And bluefish are great too with often caught 30 inch fish. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tacklein East Providence said: ‘I haven’t seen striped bass bite so well in terms of size and number of fish in many years. Maybe conservation measures are working. Patrons catch slot-sized fish (28 to under 35 inches) from Crescent Park to the Hurricane Barrier in Providence. Anglers catch them from shore at Sabin Point and Kettle Point, East Providence and by boat using Atlantic menhaden. And one customer caught over 40 trolling tubes and worms. East End Eddie Doherty said: “The Cape Cod Canal has died out, but beautiful fish are still being caught. Adam Smith of East Sandwich landed a 17-pound striper during an early morning low tide near the east end, the only fish caught in that area. Declan O’Donnell of Misquamicut Bait & Tackle in Charlestown said, “The salt ponds continue to hold good numbers of mostly small fish that are fun to catch with light and fly fishing gear. Some anglers have had luck catching slot fish by casting unweighted eels into the pond during the evening.
Summer flounder/black bass/scup: “Everyone is targeting striped bass, but we’ve had a few customers picking up the keeper’s fluke in the Warwick Light areas,” Littlefield said. “The scup sting has improved, with few black bass keepers being captured from shore at Colt State Park.” “The scup was huge – I’ve seen anglers with 19-inch scups caught in the bay,” said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box. Declan O’Donnell of Misquamicut Bait & Tackle said, “Fortune fishing has slowly gotten better. Lots of shorts, my suggestion is to move away from the fleet and try bigger baits to eliminate smaller fish. Black bass have been locally quite small with a few larger fish around Block Island. This bite should only resume from here.
Fresh water: “I had three young men buy minnows to target bass at Roger Williams Park this morning (Monday),” Littlefield of Archie’s Bait said. Giddings said: “The bigmouth fishing was good. A customer caught a four-pound bigmouth during a tournament in Indian Lake, South Kingstown. And the pike bite was good at Little Pond behind Warwick Vets.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing licence. He sits on various boards and commissions and has an advisory practice focused on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.