Wondering what to get your favorite recreational angler for the holidays? Here are some holiday gift ideas. Gift certificates at your local bait & tackle shop, Benny's and stores like the Bass Pro Shop are always good too.
1. On the Water and Saltwater Sportsman magazines, $18 to $25. Saltwater Sportsman is about $18 (cost varies with special offers) for ten issues and On the Water costs about $25 for printed or digital versions for an annual subscription.
They are my favorite saltwater fishing magazines. Both magazines feature many how-to articles, regular features on fishing gear, tackle, fishing tactics and On the Water has weekly online local fishing reports. Visit www.onthewater.com or www.saltwatersportsman.com to purchase a gift subscription.
2. United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island (UFTRI) annual membership dues, $30. If you know a fly fisherman, fresh or salt water, they will appreciate this gift. Members meet in workshop form and learn how to tie one of five to six different flies each month. Beginners welcome. Meetings held the first Wednesday of every month at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Warwick, RI. Visit www.uftri.org .
3. The Striped Bass 60++ Pound Club, about $21 for the paperback by Tony Checko at www.barnesandnoble.com . Both this book and the author's 2008 version focus on striped bass of 60 pounds or more. The book includes the story of Peter Vican and his first record Rhode Island striped bass of 76 lbs. 14 oz.
4. Fishing lures $3 to $20. I'd like to mention three types that interest anglers… surface lures (often referred to as poppers) that stay on top of the water splashing. Second, swimming lures that swim through the water and third, soft plastic baits of all types... all three are used for fresh and saltwater fishing.
5. Fish scales to weigh an angler's catch, $10 to $50. Combination fish gripper/scale is about $50. Conventional scales range from $10 to $25, and digital fish scales about $50. Can purchase them at Benny's, West Marine and local bait & tackle shops.
6. Membership in the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA), $50. One of the best organizations I have ever belonged to. This association is created by and for recreational saltwater anglers and the monthly seminars and education programs on fishing techniques and how to improve catches are great. The Association supports marine conservation and fisheries resource management. Visit on-line at www.risaa.org .
7. Saltwater Sportsman's national fishing seminar series with host George Poveromo, $55. This year, one of the six sessions (the Saturday, February 2 session) is being held at Rhode Island College in Providence. The series is hosted by George Poveromo of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing television program and editor-at-large for Salt Water Sportsman magazine. Two of the local Captains at this session are Capt. Andy Dangelo of Maridee Charters and yours truly, Capt. Dave Monti of No Fluke Charters. The Saturday sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for six hours of fishing instruction by national and local captains, guides and George is $55. This includes the seminar, a year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, goodie bag, door prizes and more. Register at www.nationalseminarseries.com.
8. Cooking the Catch, Volume II. $25. Dave "Pops" Masch writes Cooking the Catch and Ask Pops columns in On the Water magazine. From stripers, bluefish, scallops, and tuna to sea robins, skates, eels and more, Pops explains the means to catch, clean, cook and eat the bounty that we enjoy in New England. Order through On the Water magazine at www.onthewater.com .
9. Museum quality striped bass photo prints ($99) by noted sport fishing photographer Jim Levison. These beautiful fall run photos taken off of Montauk can be seen on Jim's website at www.jimlevisonphoto.com (click Montauk). Prints are available from 11'" x 14" to 2 feet by 4 feet. Prints start at $99 for an unframed 11" x 14" glossy finish ($299 framed).
10. General fishing or learn how to fish charters, $350 to $600 (depending on number of people, species targeted, boat size, etc.) for a half day. Hire a charter to help teach adults or children how to fish or to take experienced anglers fishing. Visit www.rifishing.com, the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association web site for a list of qualified charter captain members.
RI Marine Fisheries Council meeting
Express your thoughts and concerns about fisheries management and select species 2013 commercial regulations at the December 3, 2012 Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council meeting at Corless Auditorium, University of RI Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m., agenda items will include Advisory Panel reports, the results of the November 8 public hearing and the Council will likely be voting on 2013 commercial fishing regulation recommendations for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and Atlantic Herring. Visit www.dem.ri.gov for information and proposed regulation options.
UFTRI Christmas banquet next week
The United Fly Tyers of RI (UFTRI) will hold their annual Christmas banquet on December 5, at 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus hall on Sandy Lane in Warwick, RI. The event will feature a meal, a guest speaker and raffle. UFTRI is an educational organization, dedicated to teaching fresh and salt water fly tying.
Yearly membership dues are $30. Tying vises and materials are available for use by guests (anyone attending for the first time), as well as any paid member. Visit www.uftri.org for information.
Where's the bite
Cod fishing is good in shore. Ken Ferrara of Ray's Bait & Tackle of Warwick said, "The inshore bite for cod is pretty good. They are catching cod to 15 pounds at the old Brenton Tower location." The Francis Fleet reports a strengthening cod bite.
Tautog. Most of the good action has shifted out of the Bay. Angler Gil Barao said, "My son Travis and I fished out in front of Newport (Brenton Reef area) and it was a very slow… We moved around a lot before we finally found them in 50' of water. They weren't near the red cans today, we found them further east. We ended up with seven keeper tautog to 21" and one keeper black sea bass."
John Littlefield of Archie's Bait & Tackle said, "The bite is there but spotty from the shore near the Samsonite plant and off the Wharf Tavern in Warren with a good tautog bite at Rocky Point." Ken Ferrara of Ray's Bait & Tackle said, "Tautog fishing at Kettlebottom off Jamestown, in the Newport Brenton reef area and at the Brenton Tower all seems to be pretty good." Both the Francis Fleet and Seven B's party boats out of Point Judith report a good tautog bite most of last week and this past Saturday.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain's master license, a charter fishing license, and is a member of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council and the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association. Visit Captain Dave's No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com, his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.