P.O. Box 1465, Coventry, RI 02816 www.RISAA.org 401-826-2121 FEBRUARY, 2012
The Voice of Southern New England Fishermen
All is not well for the future of striped bass
Fisheries managers say otherwise, but warning signs are too many to ignore
The Atlantic States This would seem to be
Marine Fisheries Com- true with no need of
misssion's (ASMFC) concern if you only looked
Striped Bass Management at the latest survey
Board has said, based on statistics (2010).
the results of their 2011 The ASMFC estimated
update stock assessment, that the female spawning
that striped bass are “not stock biomass (SSB) was at
overfished and overfishing 111.5 million pounds,
is not occurring.” which is above the SSB
That statement declares target and threshold, the
that there are enough adult FLUKE TACTICS
established point which
striped bass to reproduce
(page 12) concern.
and maintain the entire They also estimated
coastal stock at the current rate of fishing. This is called the that the 2010 fishing mortality rate on age 8-11 fish was .23, well
Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB), the total number of fish of GULF OF MAINE COD IN TROUBLE (page 27)
below the fishing mortality threshold and target levels of .34 and
adult size that are available to spawn. For females, spawning .30 respectively.
age is between 5-8 years, with 8 as the average, a 28" fish. (continued on page 3)
R.I.S.A.A. / February, 2012
A new ban on felt waders in salt water!
Where did THAT come from?
February 6 • 6:00 PM
As usual, it didn’t take long for word Laws are made for honest people to
RIMFC Tautog Advisory Panel
to spread in the saltwater anglers’ obey. So that means many saltwater shore
Hazard Rm, URI Coastal Institute
community. New FRESH WATER anglers who had felt bottoms will have to
regulations had been published which purchase new waders. But what about all
February 7 - 9
included a ban on felt soled waders. those who are out of work and barely
ASMFC Winter Meeting
@ Crown Plaza, Alexandria, VA Within a day I had received a dozen making ends meet? Can they afford new
phone calls and e-mails about it. waders?
February 12 • 1:30 PM HUH? This means they either have to make
RISAA Surfcasters Committee I hadn't heard anything about this. the sacrifice to buy them; use them
There was no public hearing at the Bay anyway and risk a fine; or obey the law,
February 21 • 6:30 PM Campus. It didn't go before the Marine but fish with NO waders and risk serious
Board of Directors Meeting Fisheries Council. There was nothing in injury.
the news reporting a new regulation being Changes to regulations are always
February 22 • 6:00 PM considered. prefaced with public hearings. I can see
RIDEM Public Hearing Suddenly it was there. The fresh water why this regulation didn't go out for public
Corless Auditorium, URI Bay Campus people at DEM had created a new input!
regulation and they made it apply to fresh The RISAA Board decided to send a
February 25 • 6:30 PM AND salt water. letter to DEM Director Janet Coit and ask
RISAA 14th Annual Banquet A quick check with DEM and sure that she look into this regulation and
West Valley Inn, West Warwick, RI enough, the "Freshwater and consider having the regulation amended
Anadromous Fishing Regulations for the to remove the reference to marine waters .
February 27 • 7:00 PM 2012-2013 Season" includes a new section: (SEE PAGE 33)
RISAA Monthly Seminar
1.17 It is prohibited that any person use TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE
February 28 • 6:30 foot gear with external felt soles in any FISHING SHOW!
Fly Fishing Committee Meeting state waters, inclusive of freshwater, tidal, Our 9th annual Saltwater Fishing Show
or marine. This shall include any waters is now only a few weeks away, and it's
March 9 - 11 shared with adjacent states in which any time to seek member volunteers to help at
New England Saltwater Rhode Island Fishing Regulations apply. the show. As in the past we need
Fishing Show This new regulation went into effect approximately 100 members to help during
@ R.I. Convention Center on January 1 and Rhode Island became the big weekend.
the fourth state to ban the use of felt-soled You'll get to see the show for free after
March 20 • 6:30 PM waders. OK, it's an effort to reduce the your shift, you'll meet other members, and
RISAA Board of Directors Meeting spread of the invasive algae, Didymo, and most important, it's a way to be a REAL
other invasive and noxious aquatic part of RISAA.
March 26 • 7:00 PM species from pond to pond. That seems
RISAA Monthly Seminar & Most of the weekend is split into 3 or 4
legit, buy why include "marine" in there? hour shifts and assignments are easy and
Quarterly Meeting Can invasives brought from nearly all will consist of 2 or more members
Narragansett Bay survive in Johnson's working together, so don't worry about not
April 30 • 7:00 PM Pond? Can a fresh water invasive live in
RISAA Monthly Seminar knowing what to do.
salt water? We have set up an easy way to register
Often there is an attitude of "as long
April 30 - May 3 online. Go to the RISAA web site at
as we're writing this regulation now, let's
ASMFC Spring Meeting www.risaa.org
@ Crown Plaza, Alexandria, VA just plan for the future and cover and in the center of the page is the "In the
everything." That may seem easy for news..." section. You'll see a blue box that
June 16 • RISSAA 14th Annual some,but it will be a big inconvenience reads "click to register" and it will take
TAKE-A-KID FISHING DAY and possible danger for recreational you right to the online sign-up page.
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The future of striped bass (continued from page 1)
The overall stock abundance of striped bass has declined OK, here’s why I believe the striped bass stocks are in
since 2004. At the end of 2010 it remained relatively high due trouble, probably sooner than later.
to the growth and maturation of the large 2003 year class. First of all, look at the declining SSB shown in Figure 1 and
The ASMFC’s Young of the Year (YOY) stock update note that most of these fish are from the 2003 year class.
(recruitment) identified a period of increased recruitment from Secondly look at the very low recruitment of juvenile bass
1994-2004 and a more recent lower recruitment from 2005- from 2004 to 2010 shown in Figure 2.
2010. What’s happening here is
Note that the 2011 we are fishing on a mostly
recruitment (YOY) index Figure 1 single year class of fish,
in the Chesapeake was 2003, and there has not been
one of the highest ever a strong year class of
recorded. juveniles to mature and
The ASMFC support maintaining a robust
assessment also SSB. The result, I think, will
highlighted two additional be a continued decline in the
issues, mycobacteriosis SSB, soon to be below the
and illegal harvest acceptable threshold target.
stating, Furthermore, if the
“The Striped Bass strong 2011 juvenile
Technical Committee and recruitment fish survive, it
Management will be 6 to 7 years before
Board continue to they are mature and
monitor information on harvestable.
the prevalence The mycobacteriosis
and effect of problems and major illegal
mycobacteriosis.” Figure 2 harvest of striped are also
Mycobacteriosis significant concerns, and I’m
(myco) is a disease which not sure the ASMFC is
has been documented to be sufficiently factoring these
ultimately fatal to striped issues into their assessments.
bass. Various scientific
studies have indicated that So, this scenario is bad
up to 70% of striped bass news, and the ASMFC’s next
in the Chesapeake are striped bass assessment is
infected. not due until 2013.
Note: RISAA is The ASMFC has got to
financially supporting a look to the future, and soon,
study of mycobacteriosis in order to reduce fishing
being conducted by the pressure on the existing SSB
Virginia Institute of until the 2011 stocks can
Marine Science (VIMS). boost the SSB. I understand
Illegal striped bass their judgments on fisheries
harvest investigations management are mostly
within Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River since 2003 have based on scientific analysis, but there is also a need for
resulted in over $1.6 million in fines against 19 individuals and enlightened, conservative judgments into the future.
3 corporations. More than one million pounds of striped bass If it were up to me, the Atlantic coastal recreational bag
were taken with an estimated worth of up to $7 million. You limit should be one 28" fish, or maybe a slot limit that would
may also have read about the thousands of pounds of striped allow only one fish above about 34".
bass that were discarded by draggers last spring in North There would also have to be respective reductions in the
Carolina waters. commercial striped bass fishery.
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What the 2012 fishing regulations will look like
OK, so most recreational saltwater fishing regulations have Jason McNamee said, “The conflicting data would have
not been established at press time, however, we do have a good created a need for a 2012 adjustment however, recreational
idea of what they might be. fishing experienced an under harvest in 2011.”
Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) species The under harvest was so great that even with lower
Advisory Panels (AP) review stock assessments, past fishing recruitment we may still experience a liberalization in
activity, regulation options and solicit public comment on recreational fluke regulations this year. The 2011 regulations
proposals. Some of these panels have met and others have not, included an 18.5" minimum length with a May 1 to December
but thanks to Jason McNamee, marine biologist for the Marine 31 season and seven fish/person/day. An increase to eight or
Fisheries Division and his associates at the Department of nine fish will be explored, vetted both at the January 31st AP
Environmental Management (DEM), we have a good idea of meeting and the February 22nd public hearing. So overall we
what fishing regulations will ultimately be in for 2012. have good news for fluke in 2012… status quo or a slight
I interviewed Jason at press time; here is a summary of what liberalization.
we can expect for 2012 recreational regulations.
BLACK SEA BASS
STRIPED BASS Black sea bass are regulated
The Striped Bass AP met January 17th to review both both the ASMFC and States. At a
commercial and recreational regulations. Stock assessments recent ASMFC public hearing, species management plan options
have been deemed healthy so recreational regulations for 2012 discussed included managing the species state by state or by
are likely to be status quo: 28" two different regional options.
minimum size, no closed season The RIMFC Black Sea Bass AP discussed these options on
with a possession limit of two January 19th and sentiment came down on the side of the state
fish/ person/ day. by state option. Stock assessments have been good so an early
Commercial regulations are season start might be in order along with an increased bag limit
likely to be status quo too however, Jason McNamee said, of one or two fish.
“There was public comment on the start date of the spring So 2012 regulations are likely to be liberalized with the
commercial striped bass season, so there may be further season starting July 1st, rather than July 11th as it was last year,
discussion on this start date at the next public hearing.” and run through December 31. The 13" minimum size will
likely stay the same with an enhanced possession limit from 12
SUMMER FLOUNDER fish/person/day to possibly 13 or 14 fish/person/day.
Summer flounder (fluke) recruitment
stock assessments used by the Atlantic SCUP
States Marine Fishery Commission The Scup stock assessment is good and
(ASMFC) offered conflicting information last year. The June the species was under fished in 2011.
recruitment was at 80 million fish, and the August was 60 million.
(to page 31)
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The purpose of the Membership Committee is to contact new
members, welcome them to the Association and answer any
questions they may have about RISAA and its activities.
Sweet & Sour Fish
Welcome to the new members
who joined last month
• 1 pound fish steaks (such as swordfish or tuna)
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar George Barusso Jonathan Lewie
• 2 tablespoons vinegar West Kingston, RI Trumbull, CT
• 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
• 4 teaspoons cornstarch Ken Boyer Carl Peruzzotti
• 2/3 cup chicken broth Greene, RI Groton, CT
• 1 medium green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
• 1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch squares John Bruno Alfred Robida
• 1 medium carrot, sliced thin Westerly, RI Warwick, RI
• ½ cup seedless grapes, halved
• 2 cups hot cooked rice Frank Cordeiro John Uhoch
Seekonk, MA Warwick, RI
• Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into 1-inch
pieces. In a large covered saucepan cook fish pieces in Richard Ferris Bryn VanPatten
boiling water about 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Westerly, RI W. Greenwich,RI
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The purpose of this column is to pass along information and milestones within the membership. Birthdays, anniversaries, events or get-well wishes
are all in order. We also let members know of the passing of other memebers.
January was a busy month
January sure was been busy. Remember if you have news grabbed her rosary beads and prayed. A passer-by found her
or know someone who has made news please let me know. So and called 911. She was released from the drivers compartment
we can share with everyone. with the jaws of live. She suffered 13 damaged ribs and two
collapsed lungs. She spent several days in ICU at Rhode Island
GET WELL Hospital and then several more days in a regular room. Joan is
Long time friend of RISSA, Albert now at home and slowly getting better with each day.
Gagliarducci, better known as "Al Gag",
suffered a heart attack in November. He looked Mark Serio had a heart attack while driving
good and cheerful as ever when he spoke at our in Connecticut last month. He is scheduled for
January meeting. robotic bypass surgery this month. He called to
apologize for missing the fishing show this year
Ed Ouellette missed last month’s meeting because of it. Mark is always one of the members
due to an injury of his finger at work .He had who puts in many hours helping at the show.
surgery, and is now in therapy.
Louis Cahill has been diagnosed with sugar
Harry Templeton started diabeties, and is working with his doctor to get
the new year with a bang. He ruptured a tendon it under control.
in his left foot while bowling, and was in a cast
for a few weeks. Now he only needs to wear a
protective boot. Poor Harry I hope he at least
got a strike! To all the above members we wish you a speedy recovery.
Billy "Polark" Sosnicki spent a CONGRATULATIONS!
wonderful day at Kent County Hospital last Chuck LoCurto has just started a new job as
month. His diagnosis - diverticulitis. Anyone vice president of information services at Bryant
who is familiar with this knows it is really University. Chuck previously held the same
painful. He is now on meds and doing much position at Textron before going to Bryant.
Congratulations go out to
Everyone knows Joan Bradbury. She is a very active proud parents Capt. Jack
member who is “always there” and ready and Kristina Sprengel,
to help. On New Years morning, while the proud parents of
driving alone to church on a deserted Angelina Marie
stretch of road in Foster, she hit a patch
of black ice. The car spun around
slammed sideways into a tree. The who was born weighing in at 8
pounds and 7 ounces. Who needs a Teddy Bear?
impact caved in the driver’s door and both
Newborn Angelina Springle
air bags discharged, pinning her in the
sleeps with a black sea bass
car. She could not remember 911, so she
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It looks like we started the year off with an OOPS!
Al Gag, one of our January seminar speakers, held a special
raffle of his famous Gag’s lures with all proceeds going to the
American Heart Association.
In support of his raffle and the good cause that benefited
from it, we decided not to hold our own monthly raffle so those
dollars in everyone’s pocket that night could be spent on Al
In February we will be back to our own monthly meeting
taffle, and the top prize this month will be a Fin-Nor Reel worth
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Pair Trawling in Rhode Island waters: Is it worth it?
by John Lee
The pair-trawl fleet’s here, been here since early Like it or not, herring fishermen, including pair
December. Many of the boats—about six total—hail from trawlers, are fully allowed to be here—here being
Maine and Massachusetts. These are big vessels. That’s Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound, inside
what has drawn the attention. You come to the shore three miles.
expecting to see an idyllic scene: a lone lobsterboat All the pair boats need to legally fish in RI, is a RI
working pots close to the rocky shore, or a wooden general finfish license with a pair trawl endorsement.
Stonington-rigged dragger towing for whiting, a small How much does RI make off the winter herring
spiral of smoke rising from its stack. fishery in state waters? $200 a year—not exactly a windfall for
But a 200-foot trawler towing a massive net with another DEM.
200-foot trawler? That may be too much free enterprise for most It’d be one thing if Rhode Island were their winter hub, if
people to watch—more so when a middle school student with a they bought fuel and groceries, unloaded their catch, ran up
fair wind could hit the wheelhouse windows with a baseball. tabs at the local Bon Vue. Instead, each week, over a $1.2
They work in teams. They search for fish. When a school is million in herring are leaving the state. Six boats, all over 100
located they set the net and tow. Right feet, steam to New Bedford with
now a hot spot has been off River Ledge, their catch. Logistically, this makes
the mouth of Narrow River. The water perfect sense. New Bedford has the
here is 40 feet deep. They set in a tow infrastructure to handle the tonnage.
down the length of the Town Beach, I get it.
down the Narragansett shore, passing by I also understand that nothing is
First Rock, Indian Rock and the easy. Their boats have too much
Brothers. draft to get into Point Judith harbor.
Fishing doesn’t get any more state- That the boats might not want to do
waters than this. Any closer would be business with SeaFreeze up in
amphibious invasion. The question is: Quonset, a facility that might be able
Should the Rhode Island Department of to handle the volume.
Environmental Management (DEM) So what to do? So much
care about protecting state fisheries? If emotional charge coursing through
the answer were yes then it might be wise Pair-trawls in Rhode Island waters. Photo by the sea herring discussion—to many
to boot the pair fleet outside of three Jason Jarvis complex ecological considerations.
miles. For now, Rhode Islanders need
The New England herring industry seems to always be under to keep it simple, get together and draft a proposal to eliminate
fire. Environmental groups, other fishing groups— pair trawling from RI state waters. Period.
groundfishermen, tuna fishermen, sport fishermen—band Leave the river herring out of it. Too many people trying to
together and apply heat, plenty of it. The herring industry fends make that fish the spotted owl of the midwater trawl fishery.
them off with lobbying pressure, political alliances. There’s so much knee-jerk reaction about pair trawlers, and the
In pair-trawling, two boats tow a single, massive net which river herring is the tendon that causes the jerk.
lets them cover a wide strip of ocean. When fishermen talk of Leave out the whole argument about sea herring as forage,
pair trawling they almost always use two words—efficient and the soft math of managing food chains: How much herring can
effective. Efficient because you’re distributing the towing load safely be removed?
of one large net across two large engines. Effective because— Leave out the owner-operators vs. Corporate America—the
with tow speeds over five knots and sick electronics—schooling Winslow Homer vs. McDonald’s bit.
fish can’t get out of the way. Huge and worthy debates, all.
Each one of these boats can hold somewhere between But if you’re a RI citizen or fisherman I’d shelve these
650,000 to over a million pounds of herring. They don’t freeze emotions for now and just politely show these boats to the door.
or process at sea. They fill up and head in, pump out, and head If we try a massive fight, I’m guessing next winter in Rhode
back to sea. The boats easily out-compete the smaller Rhode Island we’ll be seeing pair trawlers. Protect your state waters
Island herring boats, many of which are under 80 feet in length. from a comic picture of man and his machines.
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Barrington River: The White Church
Barrington, Rhode Island
The White Church Bridge on Directions
Route 114 in Barrington marks an I-95 to Rt
excellent spring/early summer spot. 114, then
Starting in May, stripers come up the drive until
river chasing the bait right below this you see the
nice bridge. Although the herring w h i t e
runs are not as productive as the days church. Public lot is behind it on 114
of old, the pogies do come in droves as well.
when the conditions allow. Note
In the summer on a moon tide,the This bridge was due to be
bluefish also come in for their show. replaced, but the RI Department of
It’s a good spot for kids if you mind Transportation (RIDOT) announced
the traffic. in December that construction has
Parking is great in a municipal been postponed to help preserve the
“park and ride” lot next to the church on route 114. A very diamondback terrapin, an endangered species whose only Rhode
short walk will bring you to the bridge. Island habitat is in Hundred Acre Cove, above the bridge site,
Right behind the church itself (Barrington Congretational officials said.
Church) has some great areas if the bridge is crowded. The Officially the “Barrington Central Bridge” is also called the
deep water does come up fast though so bring a wading stick. White Church Bridge, is posted with a 15-ton weight limit, which
Also, as with all bridge fishing on a street, do not walk backwards excludes heavy vehicles. The new bridge will have a higher
to pull up a big fish. The headlights and honking of oncoming clearance allowing small boats to pass under.
traffic will remind you. According to a Providence Journal story, RIDOT's chief
If you do bridge engineer, David Fish, said the department will probably
decide to wade, advertise for bids in March.
and if there
anglers on the INFOMATION TO NOTE
current and let 71°19.080"W
your bait swing Parking... Excellent
under the bridge working the shadows that the street lights create. 24 Hour access... Yes
As I mentioned last month, this is a great river for a canoe Canoe/Kayak use... Yes
or kayak. I do recommend putting in at the public boat ramp at
a place called Walker’s Farm, which is a very short drive north
Fly Fishing... Limited
of the bridge on 114. It can be tricky to find at night as the sign Busy spot... Busy in spring
is not lit. Just look for a turn-in along the northbound side of Kid friendly... Yes
114 along the river. Plenty of parking is there as well as a quiet Wading... Limited
place to fish right off the dock. Cleats Needed... If wading
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Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)
Past, Present and Future
BY MICHAEL BUCKO
The following article may be tough to digest for some, but it is worth reading. Most recreational
fishermen thought that the MRIP would happen within a flick of a switch. That’s not going to happen, but MRIP is also
not a cosmetic change either. MRIP is a complete fundamental change in the way fisheries managers collect and analyze
fisheries data which is so complex it had to be developed and phased-in over time.
MRIP is not a going to be a static program, like the MRFSS is, but will continually change by developing methodology
using both methods of surveys and census, which can represent one picture with depth of data. Over the next 24 month,
the new MRIP will give real information that fishermen can believe, scientists can trust and fishery managers can use.
A round 2003, as recreational fishing regulations became
more restrictive, many recreational fishermen began to
complain about the Marine Recreational Fishery Statistic Survey
to improve marine recreational fishing information. The overall
goal of the initiative was to develop a better recreational survey
to satisfy the needs of assessment scientists and fishery managers,
(MRFSS), the current way NOAA captures while at the same time be accepted and transparent to the
information about anglers’ fishing activity. recreational fishing community. This next generation program
The Recreation Fishing Alliance, the was called the Marine Recreational Information Program
Watermen Association of NY and NJ, the (MRIP) and it would eventually replace the existing MRFSS.
R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association and A wide variety of expertise and interests within the recreational
many other groups, complained about the fishing community were represented at the workshop including
inability of MRFSS to provide catch and marine biologists, statisticians, stock assessment scientists,
effort data of the quality needed for fishery fisheries managers, and constituent representatives who
management decisions. represented all sectors of the recreational fishery. The Rhode
I became involved with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Island Saltwater Angler Association (RISAA) sponsored me to
Statistics Program (ACCSP) as an ACCSP Advisor in January attend that meeting Participants came from the U.S. Virgin
2004 hoping to understand the MRFSS and the fishery in Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico, as well as Hawaii,
general. Alaska and nearly every coastal state.
Then NOAA Fisheries Chief, Dr Bill Hogarth, that same Individuals from these sectors are helping plan the initiative.
year commissioned the National Academy of Science’s National Right now, there are five working groups - Analysis, Design,
Research Council (NRC) to gain unbiased scientific advice that Highly Migratory Species, For-Hire, and Data Management and
the agency could use to improve its recreational fishery data Standards and three teams – Operations, National Saltwater
collection program. The report was done and released in April Registry, and Communications and Education.
2006. The constituents that were part of the review included
the American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation ANGLER REGISTRY
Association, Recreational Fishing Alliance, National One important piece of the initiative is the angler registry or
Association Charterboat Operators, Golden Gate Fisherman saltwater fishing license. The new Magnuson required NOAA to
Association, Jersey Coast Angler Association and Fishing Rights create a national angler registry, similar to a phonebook of
Alliance among others. saltwater anglers. The exception being that states with a suitable
The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery saltwater fishing licenses, registrations or permits can exempt their
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson) was passed by anglers.
Congress in 2006. The requirement for individual anglers to register went into
One recommendation of the NRC study that anglers may be place on January 1, 2010. As of today, all states from Maine to
most familiar with was for the creation of a national New York either have a license or registry program in effect
recreational angler registry to improve the collection of meaning New England anglers do not need to register with NOAA
recreational data that would replace the random digit dialing so long as they are in compliance with state requirements.
(RDD) method of determining fishing effort.
PROBLEMS OF THE PAST
RECREATIONAL ANGLERS INPUT IN THE PROCESS We need to step back a minute to point out the limitation of
On August 7 – 9, 2007, about 90 recreational fisheries MRFSS. In the late 1970’s the MRFSS was designed to help
experts gathered in St. Pete Beach, Florida to kickoff an effort with assessments and coastwide mortality. (to page 19)
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The RISAA Charities Committee exists to lend a helping hand to others in need,and is a way of giving back to our community.
THIS MON ON
UTI Rhode Island Veterans Home
Report by STEVE MEDEIROS
The Rhode Island Veterans Home is a 110-acre complex off Additional services include dental, x-ray and pharmacy
Metacom Avenue in Bristol. Unfortunately, not many citizens services and transportation to and from the Veterans
know what it does or that it even exists. Administration Hospital clinics in Providence
All Rhode Islanders • Rehabilitation
owe a debt of gratitude Services
to our veterans who • Social Services
have, throughout the includes individuals and
group therapy and
years and through
many different wars groups
and conflicts, protected • Transitional
and defended the Services including short-
freedoms that we all term stays in dorms or a
hold so dear. Our more intensive
veterans are the trure “Transitional Supportive
heroes of our time. Program” for homeless
The Rhode Island • Activities and
Division of Veterans Services for residents
Affairs operates the include movies, crafts,
Rhode Island Veterans card games, bingo,
Home, along with the RI birthday parties,
Veterans Cemetery and cookouts and day trips
the RI Office of Veterans • Religious services
Affairs. are also made available
Open to war service Rick Baccus, Administrator of the RI Veterans Home accepts In addition to the
veterans who have RISAA check from Steve Medeiros Veterans Home buildings,
honorable discharges the facilities include a
and were inducted into library, gift shop, cafe,
military services while a resident of Rhode Island, the Rhode bank, barbershop and
Island Veterans Home provides many services to returning and beutician.
• Nursing and Medical Care - The Veterans Home has 260 The Veterans Home also has a Family Council that is open
nursing care beds in six long-term units, including an Alzheimer’s to family members meeting monthly to discuss common issues
Care Unit. There are also two ambulatory care units wtih 79 and concerns affecting the residents of the home.
Capt. Kevin Scott (401) 294-2360 Member
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Monday, February 27
FLUKE FISHING AND COOKING NIGHT
Fluke Fishing Tips Fluke Cooking Tips
Capt. Dave Chef Ralph
Owner of Owner of
No Fluke Charters Luigi's Restaurant
Dave has been fishing and shell Ralph is Executive Chef/Owner of
fishing on Narragansett Bay for over Luigi's Restaurant & Gourmet
40 years. He holds a captain’s master Express in Johnston. He grew up cooking at his family restaurant,
license and is the author of “No Fluke” a respected weekly fishing which is now in it's 39th year, and is a second generation
column. institution in Rhode Island. Chef Battista
In addition to being a RISAA member, has 35 years experience in a professional
he is also one of the recreational kitchen.
representatives on the R.I. Marine When he's not cooking at Luigi's,
Fisheries Council. Ralph - a RISAA member since 2003 - likes
If you like to fish for fluke want to pick to spend time on the water fishing aboard
up a few tips to improve your catch, you his boat HOOK'N & COOK'N with his
will enjoy attending this seminar. friends, his wife Kerri and their three
Dave fishes often and has for many children Amanda, Nicholas and Matt.
years. Plus, as a fishing columnist, he is There's no one better to learn how to
always gaining information on where the bite is by area fishing cook fluke than from a professional chef who is also a fisherman
guides, charter captains, bait and tackle shop owners that are himself!
featured in his column.
EVERY MEMBER WHO ATTENDS IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE NIGHT'S
FREE DOOR PRIZE:
A $200 Gift Certificate To Any Member Tackle Shop
(see page 29)
BRING A FRIEND!
RISAA members can bring a guest to this meeting at no charge
FOOD WILL BE SERVED* BETWEEN 5:30 - 6:30 Seminar is held at the West Vally Inn
TONIGHT'S MENU Blossom Street, West Warwick, RI
Tossed salad w/roll: $2.25 Directions on page 28
Chicken tenders, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, vege: $6.95
Italian sausage & peppers sub: $5.50 Non-Members Welcome
* Food is NOT included in admission and is provided by the NON-MEMBER ADMISSION: $10 donation
West Valley Inn. Pay separately at the bar. to RISAA's Scholarship Fund (RISAA members attend free)
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Monday, March 26
A SPECIAL NIGHT!
Narragansett Bay Spring Striper Fishing
PRESENTED BY A PANEL OF EXPERTS
Steve McKenna Capt. Joe Pagano Capt. Jim White
For the past 38 years Steve has been A charter captain for 34 years, Joe is Jim is owner of White Ghost Charters
prowling the surf for stripers from Maine the owner/operator of Stuff It Charters, with an extensive resume' that includes
to Connecticut. A local fishing legend, sailing from Ram Point in Pt. Judith Pond. hundreds of articles, several books, and
he has written numerous articles and He has won dozens of tournaments and appearances on many TV shows.
done many seminars on the pursuit of been the subject of numerous newspaper He has been a RISAA member from
striped bass from the shore. A RISAA and magazine articles as well as appearing the start 14 years ago, and during that
member, he is a 2-time RISAA Governor's on television and at outdoor show. time has presented many seminars
Cup winner and has landed over forty Joe has been a RISAA member for the sharing his knowledge of striped bass
stripers over 40 pounds from shore past 11 years and has presented several fishing in Narragansett Bay, especially
including one over 50! terrific seminars for us during that time. with light tackle.
We are fortunate to have so many professionals as RISAA members! Join us to hear this trio
of stiped bass experts share their knowledge of fishing the Bay from both shore and boat, with
bait and lures and much more!
EVERY MEMBER WHO ATTENDS IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE NIGHT'S
FREE DOOR PRIZE:
A $200 Gift Certificate To Any Member Tackle Shop
(see page 29)
FOOD WILL BE SERVED* BETWEEN 5:30 - 6:30 Seminar is held at the West Vally Inn
TONIGHT'S MENU Blossom Street, West Warwick, RI
Tossed salad w/roll: $2.25 Directions on page 28
Chicken Parmesean w/ziti: $6.95 • Ziti only: $3.59
Shaved steak sub & chips: $5.95
* Food is NOT included in admission and is provided by the NON-MEMBER ADMISSION: $10 donation
West Valley Inn. Pay separately at the bar. to RISAA's Scholarship Fund (RISAA members attend free)
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There’s still fishing in January!
With all the holidays behind us we fishing people are to go to Albert Conti of Snug Harbor Marina, with a fish at
counting down the months until we can once again enjoy our 11.30 lbs.
sport of fishing - not that we can’t do it at this time of year. But, Mahi Mahi, the most colorful fish that’s all lit up when
even though its not completely nasty weather outside, I am sure caught, was taken
we are all looking forward to those days of spring. by Steven West at
For those who don’t mind the cold the cod fishing bite off 17.10 lbs.
Block Island should be running hot. As you read this newsletter Striped bass is
there may be some ice fishing, if we see any safe ice this winter. another highly
sorts after fish.
Let’s take a look at last year’s 2011 tournament season. We Once again Peter
had a total of 142 submitted entries, of which there were 71 Vican out did
juniors and 71 adults. I would have thought that juniors would Steve West himself by
have had a lot less entries than the adult division. It’s good to breaking his own
see that the kids are getting out there fishing. They are the future state record. His new trophy fish weight is 77.40 lbs. Michael
of this sport. Lanni and Donald Smith also had some good size fish from
Let’s hope our club can keep up its good work in helping to the boat and Mark Maldonis had a shore fish in the thirties.
have good fishing legislation passed and keep in place laws to The Junior Division also had some nice stripers entered. First
protect recreational fishermen. place in the Juniors’
Here’s a breakdown of what was entered in 2011 for each boat division went to
type of fish. Chase Simao with a
Black sea Bass. There were a lot of entries last year, and 37.45 lb fish. Also,
Ed Mardo had the best at 5.80 lbs. Adam and Nicholas
Bluefish, one the most enjoyable fish to catch and with a lot Berg each had boat
of entries, had lower weights in 2011 than in 2010. Thomas caught stripers of 31
McGuire has the biggest with a shore caught fish at 14.00 lbs. plus pounds.
Bonito had only a few entries, and Rick Sustello led with Tautog fishing was
one at 6.70 lbs. about normal. C. J. Jr. Member Chase Simao
False albacore had several entries and top fish was taken by Rice, fishing from
Dick Geldard with a shore fish at 8.60 lbs. shore, had the largest fish at 10.28 lbs.
Cod, haddock and pollack had only one entry each, all caught Scup fishing showed nothing overly big this season, but
by myself (Charles Bradbury). Armando Simao had a first place fish of 2.65 lbs.
Fluke, the fish that everyone tries to catch, is definitely the There was only one tuna fish checked in, a nice yellowfin by
most sort-after fish in our club. The bragging rights here have Tim Underhill at 75.04 lbs.
the most accurate and extensive
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The RISAA Angler Hall Of Fame lists the largest tournament entry of each approved species.
Any angler who enters a catch that surpases an Angler Hall Of Fame record shall, upon verification of the catch, become the new record
holder for that species. In addition, the angler shall receive 5 points toward Angler of the Year.
BOAT DIVISION SHORE DIVISION
SPECIES WEIGHT ANGLER YEAR SPECIES WEIGHT ANGLER YEAR
Black Sea Bass 6.46 Barbara Audino 2007 Black Sea Bass 3.85 Joseph Pearson 2009
Bluefish 17.34 Skip Stritzinger 1999 Bluefish 15.18 David Pickering 2007
Bonito 12.20 Michael Neto 2004 Bonito 9.99 Jack Sprengel, Jr. 2007
Cod 49.10 Robert Morel 2001 False Albacore 12.22 Jack Sprengel, Jr. 2007
False Albacore 16.20 Charles Bradbury 2004 Fluke 5.44 Jonathan Pickering 2003
Fluke 15.65 Kyle Blount 2006 Scup 2.50 Kenneth Gu 2003
Haddock 7.85 Nicholas Blount 2004 Shad 1.75 Jonathan Pickering 2008
Mahi Mahi 37.80 Jack Sprengel, Jr. 2010 Squeteague 16.54 Robert Moeller 2007
Pollock 27.70 Harry Templeton 2001 Striped Bass 48.62 Brendan Richards 2006
Scup 3.30 Christine Blount 2005 Tautog 11.20 Richard Gallipeau 2009
Shad 3.80 Kyle Paparelli 2009 Winter Flounder 4.40 Dick Geldard 2009
Squeteague 10.50 Robert Roy 2006
Striped Bass 77.40 Peter Vican 2011
Tautog 16.30 Brian Droney 2008
Tuna -Albacore 55.00 Harley Benton 1999
Tuna -Bluefin 193.88 Jack Sprengel, Jr. 2009
Tuna -Yellowfin 112.00 Randy Pereschino 2001
Winter Flounder 4.40 Michael Lanni 1998
2012 Special Tournaments
June 1 - 10 • Spring Striped Bass Tournament
June 22 - July 1 • Fluke Tournament
• indicates RISAA member
July 6 - 22 • Adult-Junior Scup Tournament Location Maximum
1or 2 adults and one Junior Member team. Pre-registration Big Bear Hunting & Fishing Supply (Harmony)........ 30 lbs
required. Deadline: July 3, 2012 •Block Island Fishworks (New Harbor)......................... 100 lbs
Breachway Bait & Tackle (Charlestown).................... 50 lbs
July 14 - 15 • Team Fluke Challenge •Cardinal Bait & Tackle (Westerly)............................... 100 lbs
Special 2-angler teams. Special rules apply. Top four fish •Erickson Bros. Bait & Tackle (Warwick)..................... 200 lbs
entered. Pre-registration required, deadline: July 12, 2012 •Frances Fleet (Port of Galilee)..................................... 50 lbs
•Galilee Bait & Tackle (Galilee).................................... 400 lbs
Sept 21 - 30 • Bluefish Tournament Gray’s Boat Yard (Westerly).......................................... 99 lbs
King Cove Outfitters (Stonington)............................. 100 lbs
Oct 12 - 21 • Black Sea Bass Tournament •Lucky Bait & Tackle (Warren)..................................... 330 lbs
Maridee Bait & Tackle................................................... 50 lbs
Sept 28 - Oct 7 • Fall Striped Bass Tournament Pete’s Bait & Tackle (Woonsocket).............................. 165 lbs
•Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle (N. Kingstown)............... 60 lbs
Oct 19 - 28 • Fall Tautog Tournament •Quonny Bait & Tackle (Charlestown).......................... 60 lbs
Riverside Marine (Tiverton)......................................... 30 lbs
• All Special Tournaments commence at 5:00 P.M. on Friday and end Sam's Bait & Tackle (Middletown)............................... 400 lbs
promptly at 7:00 P.M. on the final day (*unless noted). Sandy Bottom Bait & Tackle (Coventry).................... 50 lbs
• The minimum sizes for all Special Tournaments shall be the legal
•Snug Harbor Marina (Wakefield)................................. 200 lbs
Rhode Island recreational minimums.
• Entries MUST be weighed in by 7:00 P.M. on the final day and •Tackle Box, Inc. (Warwick)............................................ 200 lbs
members MUST PHONE the RISAA office within 24 hours of the time Wickford Rod Works (Wickford)................................. 75 lbs
weighed. Zeek's Creek Bait Shop (Jamestown).......................... 30 lbs
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Field Markings: Distinctively bright red or orange Habitat: Attached to rocks, pilings or other hard objects
Size: Up to 12 inches wide and 8 inches high in shallow bays, salt marshes or estuaries.
Seasonal Appearance: Year-round
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES are, therefore, most common in areas where constantly
AND BEHAVIORS submerged. Eggs develop within the sponge itself are released
Sponges are colonies made up of many individuals living as free-swimming larvae. Once it has undergone a planktonic
within a hard, shelllike capsule. They are primitive animals, not stage, the sponge will attach itself to a substrate and become
plants, and can be found in a variety of forms and habitats. stationary.
Sponges lack true tissues and organs.
Red beard sponges - common to RELATIONSHIP TO PEOPLE
Narragansett Bay - begin as thin Shrimp, worms, mud crabs and some
encrusting layers and eventually species of small fish take refuge inside
develop into heavy masses. Although the folds of sponges. Although
species of sponges are difficult to tell Narragansett Bay is home to 16 species
apart, red-beard sponges are the only of sponges, the red-beard is the
ones in the Bay with thick and flesh, predominant species. They are pollution-
entwined fingerlike branches. tolerant and can thrive in the low salinities
A firm exoskeleton that consists of of estuarine waters.
pores used for feeding and respiration Red-beard sponges can be destructive
surrounds the fleshy material of the body. Water is brought into to oyster beds. Using oyster shells as attachment sites, the red-
the hollow cavity of the sponge through silia-lined pores. As beard sponge can suffocate or erode the shell of the oyster.
water passes through the pores, the cilia trap oxygen and
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Past, present and future (from page 11)
The MRFSS project design was the summing of random improved sampling design for shoreside survey of angler
strata allowing for the estimator converging to a true estimate catches, and lastly a pilot study to test mandatory electronic
at the coastwide level. Somewhere along the line Management logbook reporting program for the Gulf of Mexico for-hire
went from assessment to using the data for quota management fishery that can be validated with shoreside sampling.
which was NOT the original design of MRFSS. This was also
MRFSS’ Achilles heel because when you post-strata data, the Eliminate bias (error)
MRFSS then begins to unravel. The chief concern about the MRFSS by the NRC report
I like to express concepts with analogies. The fishery was for potential bias. Potential for bias is the result of
manager first wanted a good gas mileage car, so NOAA designed unaccounted for factors or untested assumptions that can skew
the Honda Civic. Later, fishery managers needed to tow a 28 the catch numbers higher or lower.
foot boat. Since the Honda Civic couldn’t tow the boat, did it The NRC noted that “Identifying and eliminating the sources
make the Honda Civic fatally flawed? NO. It just meant taht of bias is a fundamental requirement for the provision of reliable
the Honda Civic was the wrong tool for the task. Now NOAA estimates.” The NRC criticism was that the catch estimation
is building a truck (MRIP) to do the job - designing a tool that methods didn’t account for complex design of the shoreside
can be used to do quota management. survey.
I have another example to help understand the data. Another criticism by NRC was that the shoreside survey
Most recreational fishermen have trouble with the concept sampling design allowed flexibility to increase productivity, but
of surveys and are always trying to compare post-strata ignored possible impacts on estimation which increased
information of the MRFSS with census data, but it is hard to complexity and risk of sampler errors.
look at post-strata data and use it as a point source rather than a Among the NRC’s recommendations was to eliminate
variant with a deviation. (is this all seem like Greek?) potential bias by properly weighting the data collected from
Think of it like a JPEG photo on your computer. The anglers and eliminating some flexibility in the shoreside
coastwide picture of the MRFSS would look like a green field sampling design.
with a big tree in the middle. As you enlarge the picture and
zoom in to get a closer look at the detail of the tree, it’s the What’s being changing from MRFSS to MRIP?
same as looking at “post-strata data” of the MRFSS. The more First, it’s matching sampling designs by improving both how
you try to zoom in, the more the picture becomes out of focus. information is collected for anglers and how it is used to generate
Continue to zoom in and the picture gets distorted until you estimates.
only see out-of-focus dots. MRFSS assumed our shoreside sampling was random and
The flexibility of MRIP will be able to develop a therefore representative of the whole population of anglers, a
methodology to combine both methods, which can represent critical component of a sound survey.
one picture with enough depth of data to give the information MRFSS assumed that catch sampled during peak times could
needed for Quota Management and Annual Catch limits and accurately estimate catch across and entire 24-hour period.
Accountability Measures. These assumptions introduced bias that could skew catch
So, what has happened in the last four and half years? MRIP estimates. Some of those assumptions included the amount of
program had an original budget funding at $3.5 million in 2008 fish anglers were catching at different locations and during
and $6.2 million in 2009. In both 2010 and 2011 the MRIP different times of day. The improved MRIP estimation method
program received $9 million. corrects those faulty assumptions and ends up producing more
The “Strategic Approach” was to move forward with the accurate numbers as a result.
NRC recommendations provided in the report which was to Complimenting this new, more statistically sound estimation
evaluate possible biases in the current MRFSS surveys and method, will be new protocols for how anglers are interviewed
assess design changes that could eliminate those biases. In other at docks, piers, boat ramps, and beaches. Under these new rules,
words, the NRC study identified a series of untested assumptions anglers will now be sampled throughout all parts of the day,
in the surveys the Agency was using. including at night. Sampling during both peak and non-peak
NOAA is working to correct faulty assumptions and produce times will enable NOAA to more accurately estimate catch
more accurate numbers. They are going about this by conducting across a whole day.
pilot studies to test new sampling and estimation methods and Another thing that will change is that samplers will have
confirm their effectiveness. They will then implement those less discretion in where they go and who they interview. MRFSS
improved methods more broadly once they are evaluated and samplers’ site assignments were selected based on the pressure
prove to be better than existing methods. rating by mode, day, type and month however, samplers had
discretion to sample alternate mode trips that they observed
Where are we now with the MRIP program? occurring at the assigned site.
They are four improved survey designs and data quality Since selection probability of the site for alternate modes
currently being work on by the MRIP team. One improvement sampled can’t be determined therefore, it is not possible to
is developing new estimation methods for current surveys and weight the estimate to account for the true selection probability.
second is testing more efficient telephone and mail survey (to page 20)
designs that utilized anger registries for sampling. Third is to
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Past, present and future (from page 19)
MRIP will collect data for “alternate mode” trips sampled • a new electronic logbook reporting system for charter boats
at primary assigned sites will not be used in new estimates. and headboats,
Now samplers will only collect data for mode for which the site • an enhanced angler dockside survey to complement the
was selected. improved catch estimation methodology,
Last, MRFSS site assignments were based on PPS samplings • an improved survey utilizing the National Saltwater Angler
based on the pressure rating by mode, day, type, and month. Registry which gathers angler trip data, and ways to support
However, samplers were allowed to move to an alternate site of more frequent reporting and posting of estimates.
their choice after 2 hours if there was little or no activity at the
assigned site. Since selection probabilities of the alternate site Results begin to show in 2013
were not known the estimates were not weighted properly to You may start to see many of these improvements to the
account for the alternate site selection probabilities. MRIP surveys beginning in 2013. In addition, NOAA has committed
selection probabilities of the alternate sites have been estimated to investing in increased sampling to improve precision of the
(model-based method), and the estimates have been re-weighted estimates and the timeliness of the reporting.
to account for them. Now, samplers will conduct interviews at
a specific cluster of sites in a specific, randomized order for the But wait....THERE’S MORE
full time period ensuring more structured sampling and less This should be the end of this article, but there is another
sampler discretion. piece of the puzzle I haven’t discussed, which is the Atlantic
In late January 2012, NOAA began using the new catch Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). This is the
estimation method. This new method will allow for the part of the puzzle I’m most involved in since I am Rhode Island
recalculation of past estimates going back to 2004, and will be Recreational Advisor on the ACCSP, and also sit on the
used to generate catch estimates moving forward. Recreational Technical Committee representing the Advisory
We will see point estimate changes, but it will be randomized. Committee. The current elected chairman is Capt. Rick
Some estimates will go up, some will go down and some will Bellavance from Rhode Island representing Commercial and
stay about the same. for-hire interest.
We will also see the precision of catch rate estimates The ACCSP handles data and is the data warehouse for all
increased (Proportional Standard Error - PSE) because this recreational, commercial, biological and by-catch data for the
better predicts the variability of the point estimate from the data Atlantic coast.
Regardless of how the numbers change, the estimates are Why is the ACCSP an important part of the MRIP
now more accurate because they were calculated using this new program?
methodology that’s free of bias. And, while this new Although NOAA provided the design of the old MRFSS
methodology is a big deal, it’s only one step in the larger process and the new MRIP program, the Pacific and the Gulf Coast has
of improving the overall quality of the numbers. the Rec-Fin and Gulf-Fin respectively administrate the program
For example, NRC also had criticisms of effort estimates regionally to the States.
which used offsite sampling methods that rely on telephone On the Atlantic coast NOAA directly administrates the
interviews, but are complicated by the increasing use of cellular program to the states, but NOAA has asked the ACCSP if they
telephones. The existing random digits dialing survey suffers would be the regional administrator for the states from Maine
from the low proportion of fishing households among the general to Florida. In the past, the ACCSP Program Design was chapter
population and may allow bias in estimation from its restriction and verse of MRFSS. The Recreational Technical Committee
to coastal counties only use. has been tasked for the last 18 months to rewrite the standard
The NRC recommended not relying solely on these random so ACCSP could have minimum standards to administer the
calls as it assumes that all anglers may have the opportunity to new MRIP program to the Atlantic States. These new standards
be surveyed. The NRC recommended, and NOAA is currently will have to be approve by the Operations and Advisory
undertaking, pilot projects that utilize more than one so-called Committee which will be done later this year, and should be
frame (e.g. the National Saltwater Angler Registry or U.S. postal available for the Coordination Council for final approval before
service directory) as a way to contact anglers about the number the last ASMFC meeting in 2012.
of trips they take. Some of the new standards that the ACCSP has tackled are
MRIP is testing three survey methods: what states should do and when to do wave one sampling
1. Phone surveys with angler license directory only, (January-February). This also includes how and when to change
2. Phones surveys with random digit dialing, and from a 2-month wave sampling to monthly samplings.
3. License directory and mail surveys with postal service Also, would be a standard to create in-state geographical
addresses and license directory. split boundaries. States could create in-state splits to separate
The revised catch estimates using the new methodology were many specie into multiple stocks which would be used as a
released this January and will begin being used by managers measure to define divisions that will benefit coastal stock
this year. assessment as oppose to individual states. Examples are Cape
Also this year, NOAA will be evaluating results from a Hatteras, Cape Cod and Delaware Bay.
number of pilot projects including: (to page 30)
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One of the missions of RISAA is to represent the concerns of Also, all money received by the PAC must come from
the recreational community on regulatory and legislative issues. individual donors. No contribution can be accepted from any
That means that we have to deal with elected officials. organization or business interest.
Fortunately, there are a number of legislators who have worked The PAC has an independent treasurer and its own bank
hard on our behalf and others who support RISAA principles. We account.
need to be sure those officials remain in office. The RISAA PAC Committee first receives requests for
It is also important that legislators understand who we are. If contributions. If the PAC Committee approves a request, it is
we don’t advance our own causes, no one will do it for us. then forwarded to the full RISAA Legislative Committee, which is
By law, our Association can not contribute funds to any made up of RISAA members and delegates from all of the 29
candidate, therefore we have established a legal, incorporated affiliated clubs. The Legislative Committee then reviews the
and registered Political Action Committee which CAN make recommendations, and if the full Committee votes to approve a
contributions on our behalf. political contribution, that recommendation is forwarded to the
Only donations specifically made to the RISAA PAC can be RISAA Board of Directors which has the final vote on all PAC
used. Under no circumstances can any membership dues money donations. Every PAC expenditure must pass this 3-step process.
- or any other contribution made to the Association - be used for Democracy is not a spectator sport.
the PAC. It would be a violation of state election laws for any
money from RISAA to be used for PAC purposes.
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PREVIOUS AND CONTINUALLY SUPPORTED PROGRAMS
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• College Scholarships in Marine Sciences • Newport fishermen’s ladder repairs • Salt marsh restoration
• Eel grass planting • Ninigret Park Fishing Access • Sea Grant research programs
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• Kickemuit River fish ladder construction • Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation RISAA Take-A-Kid Fishing Days
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COPPER (up to $49) BRONZE ($50+)
1 Anonymous Member Stephen Medeiros
Joseph Behl Ronald Nalbandian
Joseph Burns Robert Oliveira
Earle Guilford Capt. Steve Segerson
Peter Hendricks Patrick Watson
SILVER ($100+) PLATINUM ($500+)
Robert Donaldson Robert Fournier
Richard Ferris Joseph Herbert
George Haduch Peter Vican
Capt. Sandy Kane
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How many menhaden
do we really need?
by BEAU BEASLEY
For well over a century, commercial and recreational anglers commercially by much smaller independent operators like Lund
have argued about menhaden harvesting. In the past few decades, Seafood in Cape May, New Jersey, which fishes for a variety of
however, conservationists?who may or may not be anglers?have species and then sells those fish to customers along the East
also entered the fray, advocating for tighter controls on Coast. Ocean Bait Inc. of Weems, Virginia, is an even smaller
harvesting. The battle lines have been drawn between commercial operator that sells all its fish to a single wholesaler,
conservationists and recreational anglers on the one hand, who which in turn distributes the fish to points south.
see commercial anglers as greedy and malevolent despoilers of In Rhode Island, Art Bait Company is the primary
our natural resources, and commercial anglers on the other hand, commercial seiner which sells it’s catch to lobstermen and tackle
who argue that while others are out fishing for fun, they’re shops for bait.
working these resources to provide for their families. Most of the menhaden caught by smaller commercial anglers
end up as bait for crabbers, lobstermen, and of course bait and
THE GOOD OLD DAYS tackle shops, which eventually resell to recreational anglers.
Once upon a time the East Coast menhaden industry was
very strong, outstripping even the commercial whaling industry. HOW MANY SHOULD THERE BE?
More than 150 processing plants dotted the Eastern seaboard, For many years conservationists, recreational anglers, and
with more than a dozen in the state of Maine alone. Docks were commercial fishermen have argued over just how many
filled with millions of tons of menhaden that, when sold, menhaden need to be left in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding
catapulted the coastal towns that housed them to prosperity. area. Humans don’t eat menhaden, but just about everything
Times have certainly changed: Now just one East Coast plant else in the ocean does. Also known as bunker, pogie, and fatback,
still operates. Houston-based Omega Protein, which has another menhaden are a prime target for predator species and are crucial
processing center in Louisiana, is the largest harvester of to the survival and health of other marine life like crabs, lobsters,
menhaden in North America and is viewed by many as the prime ospreys, and even loons. (Menhaden, by the way, aren’t the only
culprit in dwindling menhaden stocks. forage fish anglers should care about: Popular gamefish like
trout, stripers, and bass eat spring runs of river herring and shad
once they enter their natal rivers to spawn. Unfortunately, these
river herring are also seeing their numbers decline precipitously.)
UNDER ASMFC CONTROL
In November the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission (ASMFC), the agency that oversees menhaden and
23 other species of fish on the East Coast, met in Boston to
decide the fate of the current menhaden stock. For some time
now the ASMFC has been feeling the heat, as ordinary citizens
sent more than 90,000 comments to the commissioners during
the public comment period, with nearly all of the contributors
calling for stricter harvest limits. And not without reason: The
most recent stock assessment indicated that the menhaden
Omega Protein boats seen from the air population was at an all-time low and constituted about 8 percent
of its historic size.
Their East Coast fleet of nine ships, some of which can hold Conservationists and recreational anglers have argued for
a million menhaden at a time, are a common sight in the years that fishery managers had allowed too many menhaden to
Chesapeake Bay. The ships work closely with their spotter planes be harvested; consequently, conservationists have pushed for a
to find, harvest, and then deliver menhaden to their processing significant curtailment of commercial landings (recreational
plant in Reedville, Virginia. The plant employs about 300 menhaden landings represent only about 1 percent of the
workers and processes millions of pounds of menhaden each menhaden harvested).
season, turning the oily baitfish into industrial products like
lubricants, heart-healthy food supplements, pet food, and, THE BOSTON MEETING
ironically, commercial fish food. The company’s industrial The question before the commissioners in Boston was
fishing fleet accounts for about 80 percent of the menhaden whether to adjust the fishing target, which is the percentage of
harvested on the East Coast. the stock that must be left behind by harvesters to ensure a
The remaining 20 percent of menhaden is harvested continuing healthy population of menhaden. (to page 38)
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SPECIAL FOUNDATION RAFFLE TO BE HELD AT APRIL 30 MEETING
The 4rd Annual Peter Vican and Don Smith
BLOCK ISLAND NIGHT STRIPED BASS FISHING TRIP
Winner guaranteed to catch a minimum 30 pound striper!
Our resident striped bass fishing This opportunity is for RISAA
champs, Peter Vican and Don Smith, members only.
have once again offered a fishing trip to Just think, you can go out and
help raise funds for our Foundation. KNOW you will be catching a 30
Peter and Don fish the waters off Block pound striper!
Island nearly every night and know how to
produce striped bass. Neither is a professional
charter captain and fish just for pleasure.
together two Don Smith & Peter Vican
when Peter landed the record 76.14 Just think how much
lb. Rhode Island State Record
Striper, and again last year when you spend to go
Peter beat his own record with a fishing, trying to
77.4 lb striper!
catch a large striper.
YOU CAN CATCH A 2011 winner Harry
Peter with his 77.4 lb MONSTER BASS TOO! Templeton weighs in
linesider 42.1 lb striper
So, ever-generous Peter came
up with the raffle idea. He and Don
would take a lucky member out fishing with them, and guarantee HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
that person would catch a 30 pound striper. If that person didn’t • Tickets will be sold at $5 each
catch a striper on that night • Only RISAA members eligible
(unlikely) they would take him out • Tickets will be sold ONLY at the monthly seminars
fishing again...until he did.
The 2009 winner, Jack Bosch,
from February to April, 2012
said “I lost track after 15 fish,” and • Drawing will take place after the second speaker
at least a dozen fish over 30 pounds at the April 30 meeting.
were caught on that night! • You need not be present to win.
The 2010 winner, Mike Moore, • All proceeds to the R.I. Saltwater Anglers
landed four bass over 30 pounds
during his August trip with Don and
In 2011, Harry Templetoncaught
over a dozen bass, five of which were Mike Moore
This is a small investment for a chance at a
over 30 lbs! GUARANTEED 30 POUND STRIPER!
- 24 - R.I.S.A.A. / February, 2011
Junior Member DAVID GORDON
MAX MICHEL landed this pair of bass while fishing with Dave Morton
with a nice striper that he landed while fishing with in June on his boat Reelaxn. They were trolling an
his dad, David, aboard the family boat Wild Onion in umbrella rig with white shads in the early evening near
the rips of Monomoy back in July. the gut between Prudence and Patience
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Cold weather boating
requires extra caution
The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a member
organization of the International Game Fish Association
While the majority of boaters in colder parts of the country
Did you know? * have winterized their boats or put them into storage until spring,
• In 2010, 10 million anglers made more than 71 million marine many still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing or necessary
recreational fishing trips in the continental U.S. , Alaska, Hawaii, transportation in cold weather, substantially increasing their risk
and Puerto Rico. of a deadly accident. Extra caution and preparation should be
taken before heading out on the water in winter.
• The estimated total marine recreational catch was more than The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary says the importance of
357 million fish, but 60% of the catch was released alive. wearing a life jacket becomes even more critical when the danger
for hypothermia is added to other concerns. Sudden immersion
• Both United States fishery landings and worldwide fishery in cold water can have severe physiological consequences, such
landings have increased. as cardiac arrest, fast loss of body heat (the body loses heat 25
times faster in cold water than in cold air) and involuntary
• In 2010 the ex-vessel price increased by 16% for edible fish, inhalation of water (gasping) that results in drowning. Most
18% for shellfish and 17% for industrial product (i.e., fish meal, Coast Guard-approved life jackets when worn are designed to
fish oils etc.) keep the user’s head above water while awaiting rescue.
In addition to wearing a life jacket, wearing the right clothing
• In 2010 the largest increase in price index was for bluefin tuna, also can contribute to a more enjoyable and safer cold weather
which increased 96%. boating experience. Consider layering clothing, including a
wet suit or dry suit, to help ward off the effects of hypothermia.
• Early January (1/10/12) in a bidding war, one 754 lb. giant
bluefin tuna sold at auction in the Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo) Following are some additional tips for safe winter boating:
• Assess the risks – envision what can go wrong and be
• The top three leading nations for fishery landings were China fully equipped and prepared.
(34% of the total), India (5%) and Peru (5%). • Leave a float plan with a responsible individual who
knows your intentions, location, and who to call if you fail to
*Published in the IGFA International Angler
return as scheduled.
• Carry a VHF radio or EPIRB (Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon), signal flares and other means to draw
Captain Al Anderson attention to your location.
IGFA Representative/RI • IGFA Certified Captain • Be aware of and prepared for the shock of sudden
immersion and incapacitating effects of cold water – dress to
Sportfishing aboard the PROWLER
get wet and carry a change of clothing in a waterproof container.
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• Maintain situational awareness on the water – be aware
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Member weather conditions.
• Boat safe and sober – save the alcohol for when you’ve
• Be sure your vessel is in good operating condition and
has the necessary safety equipment on board before you leave
• Refresh your seamanship skills…take a boating safety
couse offered by your local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of
Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the
U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard across all
Fishing Kayaks mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard
Auxiliary and a flotilla near you, visit cgaux.org
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The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association
presents our 4th Annual
Trip to Fenway Park
Saturday, August 4
1:35 PM GAME
BOSTON RED SOX
$72 per person
includes deluxe coach bus transportation
and admission* to the game (*Section 11)
• Bus will depart from from the state Park & Ride lot on Route 117 in Warwick.
• Bus departs Fenway Park 30 minutes after the end of the game.
First Come, First Ser ved
LIMITED TO 50 PERSONS!
Members and guests are welcome
Last year's trip participants all had a great time!
SIGN ME UP FOR THE RISAA TRIP TO FENWAY PARK ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Name:_________________________________________________ Evening phone: ______________________
Address: _______________________________________________ Cell: ______________________________
City: ___________________________________________________ State:________ Zip: __________________
I want _______ tickets. Others attending beside myself (name):______________________________________
Payment must accompany registration NOTES:
Enclosed is my check for $__________ ($72 per ticket) • Alcoholic beverages not permitted on bus
Charge to my credit card: 1. Card type (check) MasterCard Visa • No refunds after July 27, 2012
2. Amount Authorized: $_____________ • Bus departs promptly at times advertised
3. Expiration Date (mo/yr): _____________
4. CVV # _________ (3-digit number in reverse italics on back of card) Mail to: R.I.S.A.A.
5. Name on card (print): ___________________________________ P. O. Box 1465
Coventry, RI 02816
6. Card Number: _________________________________________
- 27- R.I.S.A.A. / February, 2012
The FRANCES FLEET
“Catch a Good Time!”
Sailing daily starting January 1
5:00 am to 3:00 pm
LIMITED LOAD COD TRIPS
Visit our shop for live and
frozen bait, ice, rods & reels, Saturdays and Sundays only
tackle and more. Locted beginning January 14
across from the boats.
3:00 am to 3:00 pm
Call for reservations.
For more info,
visit our website:
Private charters available aboard the
“Captain Frances.” Call for more info.
Located in the Port of Galilee, RI (401) 783-4988 Member
Directions to West Valley Inn, Blossom Street, West Warwick,RI
FROM WESTERLY AND POINTS SOUTH:
I-95 North to exit 11 onto I-295 North. Take Exit 1 to
Rt 113 West towards West Warwick
(follow directions below)
FROM PROVIDENCE AND POINTS NORTH:
I-95 South to exit 12B to Rt 113 West
(follow directions below)
FROM NARRAGANSETTAND Av
SOUTH COUNTY: e
Route 1 North, becomes Route 4 North Blossom St 95
to end and merges onto I-95 North,
then take to exit 11 onto I-295 North.
Take Exit 1 to Rt 113 West. (follow
FROM RT 113 WEST off I-95
Follow 113 west through 3 lights, and
cross Route 2 onto East Avenue.
East Ave becomes River St
(one way). Go to light and 95
turn left onto Rt 33
(Providence St). Go 8/10 mile
to West Valley Inn (entrance
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Every member who attends the monthly seminars can win!
Monthly Meeting Door prizes
Every member who attends the monthly seminars will fill out a FREE door prize raffle slip when they check in at the
door. After the night’s seminar, one lucky name will be drawn and that person will win a
$200 GIFT CERTIFICATE *
to the Tackle Shop of your choice!
*Chose from any of these member tackle shops:
Block Island Fishworks Hook-Up Bait & Tackle River & Riptide Anglers
g Bucko’s Parts & Tackle Lucky Bait & Tackle Saltwater Edge
. Cardinal Bait & Tacle Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle Snug Harbor Marina
Erickson’s Bait & Tackle Quonny Bait & Tackle Sportsman’s Outfitter
The Tackle Box
• Must be an adult/regular member in good standing • Must be present to win • RISAA Board members not eligible
• Certificates must be redeemed within 90 days • Limited to one win per calendar year
• May not be exchanged for cash. Entire amount must be redeemed at tackle shop
January Meeting Winners
Winner of the REGULAR MEMBER door prize was Winner of the JUNIOR MEMBER door prize was
DAWN WOOD MATTHEW GENESSE
who selected his $200 certificate to the Quaker Lane Tackle who proudly displays the rod & reel combo that he won
It’s just another benefit of membership in the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association!
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RIVER HERRING BYCATCH
AMENDMENTS MOVE FORWARD
Full Service Propeller Facility ... But in Different Directions
from National Coalition For Marine Conservation of which
REPAIRS ~ RECONDITIONING ~ WELDING RISAA is a member
e Middletown, RI
Bring your prop in for a
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10% RISAA member discount on inboard recons Member
Thanks to an outpouring of support from fishermen and
conservationists, the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Councils are sending alternatives for addressing
Past, present and future (from page 20) river herring and shad bycatch out for public comment. The
measures were developed as part of New England’s Amendment
We have also developed a precision standard on the level of 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and
sample needed to increase resolution. The new standard will the Mid-Atlantic’s Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel,
support state conduct in collecting catch data in which a state Squid and Butterfi sh FMP. If all goes as scheduled, the comment
performs the intercept by department personnel or interns. The periods will open in mid-February, hearings will be held in
for-hire mode (charter boats) have a standards for both survey March, and final action
and census method of collection of data. will be taken in April for
Last, the ACCSP supports innovative approaches in methods implementation in 2013.
for collecting data on catch and effort. These innovative While the time lines
approaches can be, but not limited to, a voluntary self-reporting for these amendments
system and as well as cameras to captures discards. have conveniently
I would like to thank everyone who was aligned (Amendment 5
involved in the program at MRIP and originated in 2008 and Amendment 14 began over a year later),
ACCSP. I extend specific thanks to Forbes the Councils’ strategies for reducing shad and river herring
Darby (NOAA outreach), Beverly Sauls bycatch have taken separate paths. New England’s plan focuses
(Florida F&W), Kevin Sullivan (NH Fish on bycatch hotspots and includes a number of time and areabased
& Game), Kathy Knowlton (GADNR measures including area closures. Analyses conducted for the
CRD), Dan Costa (RIDEM) and Mid-Atlantic Council’s amendment, however, suggest that river
Geoff White (ACCSP Staff) for their herring and shad distribution is too variable year-to-year for
dedication and hard work to the MRIP area closures to be effective. Instead, the Mid-Atlantic put forth
program for the Atlantic Coast. Their Dan Costa of options for incidental catch (i.e., bycatch) caps as a more viable
efforts should insure MRIP success when RIDEM method for reducing river herring and shad mortality at sea.
MRIP reaches critical mass by 2014. In an October 17th letter to New England Council Chairman
Rip Cunningham, Mid-Atlantic Council Chairman Rick Robins
wrote: “In order to facilitate public comment on alternatives
that would allow alignment between these important
amendments, and since both plans in part manage the same fleet,
we request that the New England Fishery Management Council
include alternatives for these incidental catch caps in
Amendment 5.” The previous week, the Mid-Atlantic Council
extended a similar courtesy by voting to maintain the New
England Council’s closed area alternatives in Amendment 14
for public comment.
The New England Council considered the request when it
convened in Newport, RI on November 15th. Rather than
including bycatch cap alternatives that complement those
developed by the Mid-Atlantic Council, New England decided
that there was no scientific basis for the caps and instead
included language in Amendment 5 to allow caps to be
developed at an uncertain time in the future.
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Fisheries regulations (from page 4)
“Recreational landings were about one half of what was MENHADEN
allowed.” said McNamee. The species is managed regionally Jason McNamee said, “We believe recreational anglers were
with CT, NY, MA and RI. The RI season was extended to happy about how things worked out last year,” referring to the
December 31st last year and this is likely to occur again in 2012. closed sections of Narragansett Bay (Greenwich Bay and north
Additionally, there will likely be a liberalization in the number of Conimicut Light were closed to commercial boats).
of fish allowed. In 2011 the minimum size for the private angler W h e n
was 10.5" with a 10 fish/person/day bag limit. However, for asked about
party and charter boats the minimum size was 11" with a special the apparent
season possession limit that jumped from 10 fish to 40 fish/ abundance
person/day from September 7 to October 11. The enhanced of menhaden
bag limit allows charter and party boats to fish the species in the West
when other fish are not as available, yet they have to catch fish Passage of
at least 11". Narragansett
McNamee said, “There was some sentiment at the AP Bay in the fall
meeting to make the season consistent with one set of McNamee said he did not think new restrictions and enhanced
regulations meaning a 10.5” fish for party and charter boasts as weekly monitoring (with air surveillance to manage better) had
well as private anglers with a 25 fish bag limit.” an impact on the volume of fish in the Bay.
This proposed change would likely receive some push back However, McNamee said, “Perhaps the schools were not
from the charter and party boat industry as they rely on the fished as often commercially and this kept them together. So
enhanced bag limit to allow their businesses to function when less commercial fishing may have created an apparent enhanced
other species are not aggressively fished. volume of fish.”
Overall, it is good news for recreational anglers targeting He continued to say that the impact of lower targets imposed
scup in 2012. The season will likely be lengthened and the bag by the ASMFC will hopefully be seen over the next few years
limit may be enhanced. and menhaden will be more plentiful along the east coast and in
Tautog harvest numbers
were low in 2011, however the
assessment does not include
“Wave 6” which is November
The Tautog AP will meet February 6. Liberalization will
likely not occur in 2012, so regulations will likely be status quo,
split seasons with a 16" minimum size. An April 15 to May 31
spring season with three fish/person/day, a closed season June
1 to July 31 and then a three fish/person/day season from
August 1 to October 12. The bag limit increases to six fish from
October 15 to December 15 with a ten fish per boat limit in all
periods except for charter and party boats which do not have
to adhere to the ten fish per boat limit.
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- 31 - R.I.S.A.A. / February, 2012
RISAA maintains a library of fishing and boating DVD's that
MEMBERS may borrow for FREE to enjoy at home for up
to two weeks.
Simply call the RISAA office at 401-826-2121 and let us know which DVD's you would like to borrow.
You may pick up the DVD's at the monthly seminars or we will mail them to you.
Please order by video number and please give at least THREE DAYS NOTICE.
It's just one more benefit of belonging to the RISAA!
100 Saltwater Fishing Mistakes (98) Bennett Marine How To Get The Hook Out Without Pain - (47) Dr. J.Goldey
Advanced Trolling For Saltwater Fish (49) James Marsh How To Paint Your Fiberglass Boat (65)
Art of Castnet Throwing (103) Warren Wheeler How To Rig Your Boat For Fishing (56)
Atlantic Giants: The Ultimate Bluefin (75) Dennis Braid How To Troll The Way The Pros Do (18) Dr. Jim Wright
Atlantic Speedsters: Atlantic Bonito/Little Tunny (3) How To Wire Line Troll (31) Dr. Jim Wright
Back To Basics: Finding The Spot (92) Bennett Marine Ice Fishing: The Cure For Cabin Fever (28) Babe Winkelman
Back To Basics: Nearshore Fishing (90) Bennett Marine Interfacing Marine Electronics - (68S) John Owen
Back To Basics: Offshore Fishing (89) Bennett Marine Kayak Capsize Recovery & Rescue (101)
Basic Saltwater Fly Tying (46) Jamie Dickinson Let's Go Saltwater Fishing - Beginner's Guide (19)
Better Half of Fishing: How-To Fish For Women (102) Lures & Sinkers: Do It Yourself (29) VanSant Productions
Boating Basics For First Time Boaters (4) Bennett Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance (43) Bennett Marine
Bottom Fishing Techniques Vol 1 - (61) James Marsh Marine Gas Engine Maintenance (20) Bennett Marine
Bottom Fishing Techniques Vol 2 - (62) James Marsh Marine Plumbing, Do-It-Yourself (50)
Cast Netting For Live Bait (5) Capt. Al Lorenzetti Nothing But Bass (69) 3-DVD set. Northeast Angling
Catch Big Fish from Small Boats (97) Bennett Marine Nothing But Blackfish (57) 2-DVD set. Northeast Angling
Challenge Of The Giant Tarpon - (87) Nothing But Fluke (58) 2-DVD set. Northeast Angling
Chunking For Stripers & Blues -Capt. John Alberda (6) Nothing But Sharks (70) Northeast Angling
Coast Guard License: Advanced Piloting (59) On The Water's Fishing New England: Season 1 (93)
Dolphin- Yellow & Green Fighting Machine (51) On The Water's Fishing New England: Season 1 (94)
Fiberglass Repair: Part 1 - The basics(76) Outboard Marine Engine Maintenance (63) Bennett
Fiberglass Repair: Part 2 - Transom repair (77) Pop Fleyes: Saltwater Patterns (85) Bob Popovics
Fiberglass Repair: Part 3 - Add foam, gelcoat repair (78) Powerboat Navigation (67) 1988, John Rousmaniere
Fiberglass Repair: Part 4 - Restoring a 20' Runabout (79) Reef & Wreck Fishing (21) Capt. Al Lorenzetti
Fiberglass Repair Made Easy - Two vol set (37) Rigging Baits For Giant Bluefin (66) Capt. G. Metcalf
Fishing For Bluefish (7) Capt. Al Lorenzetti Rod Building Basics (02 DVD) Steve Petri
Fishing For Sharks (27) The Fisherman Video Library Saltwater Flycasting: 10 Steps To Distance & Power (86) G. Roberts
Fishing For Striped Bass: Live Bait- (9) A. Lorenzetti Secrets of the Party Boat Captains (71) Capt. Neil Delanoy
Fishing For Trophy Striped Bass (96) Capt. Al Lorenzetti Spring Commissioning & Winterizing Your Boat (22)
Fishing Knots (55) James Marsh Stand Up To A Giant Bluefin (12) Dennis Braid
Fluke Fishing (10) Capt. Al Lorenzetti Stripers Gone Wild (42) Mike Laptew
Fluke Fishing: Improving Your Catch (11) D.Kamienski Stripers In Paradise (23) Mike Laptew
Fly Fishing Success: Dry Fly Strategy (82) Joe Humphries Striper Magic (24) Mike Laptew
Fly Fishing Success: Nymphing Strategy (83) Joe Humphries Striper Strategies: Freshwater Hybrid Stripers (95) In-Fisherman
Fly Rodding For Tarpon - Leisure Time Products (84) Surf Fishing & Distance Casting (81) Ron Arra
GPS Navigation (13) Bennett Marine Surf Fishing with T.J. & Joe (44)
Handling Your Single Engine Inboard/Outboard (14) Top 60 Tips Saltwater - Southern Waters (100)
Haul Out (64) Stuart Riddell Trailering Your Boat - John Owens (80)
Heavy Weather Powerboat Handling (36) Trolling For Bass and Blues (41) Capt. Al Lorenzetti
How To Cast With A Saltwater Fly Rod (35) Dr. Jim Wright Trophy Fluke Fishing (25) Capt. Charlie Nappi
How To Catch Bait Fish (53) J. Marsh Tuna, Tuna, Tuna (48) James Marsh
How To Catch Bluefish (15) Dr. Jim Wright Twin Engine Powerboat Handling (40) Bennett Marine
How to Catch Flounder (33) Dr Jim Wright Understanding Fish & How to Catch Them (74) Laptew/Kregh
How to Catch Sharks (52) Dr. Jim Wright Using Downriggers To Catch Saltwater Fish (32)
How To Catch Striped Bass (16) Dr. Jim Wright U.S. Power Squadron Boating Course (60)
How To Catch Striped Bass: Tube & Worm (99) Jon Tolley Varnishing Made Easy (54)
How To Catch Tautog (17) -Dr. Jim Wright When Fish Won't Bite (91)
How To Catch Tuna (34) -Dr Jim Wright Winterizing Your Boat (26) see also Spring Commissioning
How To Filet Saltwater Fish (45) Dr. Jim Wright
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P.O. Box 1465, Coventry, Rhode Island 02816 401-826-2121 FAX: 401-826-3546 www.RISAA.org
Stephen J. Medeiros
President January 24, 2012
Capt. Richard C. Hittinger Janet Coit, Director
1st Vice President
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Suite 425
George S. Allen
2nd Vice President
Providence, RI 02908
Dear Director Coit,
We were surprised to learn that a new regulation was placed in the 2012 "Freshwater
Capt. J. Edwin Cook and Anadromous Fishing Regulations" which prohibits the use of "footgear with
external felt soles in any state waters, inclusive of freshwater, tidal, or marine." It
is understandable that such regulation be implemented to combat invasive species in fresh
Thomas E. Smotherman
waters, as several other states have done, but we believe this regulation should not have
401-255-2442 involved Rhode Island marine waters.
Robert V. Blasi
Board Member This regulation would require thousands of Rhode Island recreational saltwater anglers to
purchase new waders because of a regulation which does not, and should not apply to
Charles R. Bradbury them. In the current economy most Rhode Islanders can not afford to purchase
expensive new footwear, especially when there is no basis for it. Many, fearful of
violating the law and unable to purchase new equipment, would be forced to fish without
Capt. Edward J. Kearney
proper footwear and be unnecessarily exposed to dangerous situations.
William S. Sosnicki
The Board of Directors of the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association respectfully requests
Board Member that this regulation be reviewed and amended so that it applies only to fresh waters.
Roger O. Tellier Respectfully,
Capt. Michael A. Warner
401-364-0027 Stephen J. Medeiros
The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association represents over 6,500 recreational anglers and 30 affiliated clubs
Blue Water Anglers • Bowling Green Fishing Club • Bristol County Striper Club • Benjamin's Fishing Club • Buckeye Brook Coalition
Buzzards Bay Anglers Club • Connecticut Surfcasters Association • CT/RI Coastal Fly Fishers • East Bay Anglers • East Greenwich Yacht Club
Galilee Tuna Club • Italian Progressive Fishing Club • Jamestown Striper Club • Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association • Massachusetts Striped
Bass Association Narragansett Pier Sportfishing Association • Narragansett Salt Water Fishing Club • Narragansett Surfcasters • Newport County
Saltwater Fishing Club • Ocean State Surfcasters • Old Colony Amphibians • Pioneer Valley Boat & Surf Club • Princeton Fishing Team
Rhode Island Marine Trades Association • Rhode Island Mobile Sportfishermen • Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association
Rhody Fly Rodders • Slater Mill Fishing Club • St. John's Fishing Club • Stripercoast Surfcasers • Thundermist Striper Club
United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island • Weekapaug SurfCasters
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- 35 - R.I.S.A.A. / February, 2012
by John Repoza
I got this monster bone while fishing on December 10th with With hand trebling and knees shaking I waited on the bow
my friend Dave Sanderson out of Miami. After 2 ½ days, this for just the right moment and took my shot.
was my only shot. After a My shrimp hit the water
scoreless day on the flats, and about 5 feet in front of the
running out of daylight, we school and I opened the bail to
decided to make a bold move feed some line. I watched as
and run across the bay. It was the biggest to the three fish
one of those days where we peeled off to check out my
had nothing to lose. offering, and with my finger on
We approached the first flat the line I felt him eat.
with about 20 minutes of good I dropped the bail and lifted
light left and Dave got on the my tip and at that point I was
platform ready to pole. Within paid the highest compliment of
seconds he said the words I had my fishing life when Dave said,
been waiting for to two long “Mr. Repoza, that was some
days, “Fish coming at us at 2 mighty fine angling.”
o’clock about 70 feet.” It took untold minutes and
I had been repeating my traversing four flats to finally get
mantra all day long, “All I won’t the heavyweight champ to the
is a shot.” Here is was now boat. He taped out at a little
coming at me in the form of what better than 31 inches and a little
looked like three good size over 12 pounds.
bonefish. I had no idea they came this big. It was truly a fish of a
RIVER HERRING AMENDMENTS (from page 38)
It has been estimated that a
The Amendment 5 and Amendment 14 divergence is troubling 5-pound gluttonous bluefish eats
because the councils both manage the mid-water trawl fi shery,
which is responsible for over 75% of river herring bycatch and
about a ton of fish a year.
40% of shad bycatch from ocean waters. Mid-water trawls pursue
both Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring, at times targeting
both species on the same trip.
Loopholes will occur if the councils’
amendments do not result in a cohesive CAPT. ROBBIE BRIGGS
strategy to address the problem,
weakening river herring and shad
“The public comment period will be
crucial for pushing the councils to
reconcile the differences in their Light Tackle Sport Fishing
plans,” says NCMC Executive Director
Pam Lyons Gromen. “With river
Tel: 508-394-6546 • Cell: 508-246-4304
Gromen herring now undergoing a status review www.seaducedfishing.com
for Endangered Species Act listing, it
is unacceptable to allow these species to continue to fall through P.O. Box 392 email:
the cracks in our fisheries management system. Dennisport, MA 02639 email@example.com
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The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) believes in the sensible management of
AFFILIATED fisheries and the conservation and restoration of all marine resources. RISAA has accepted a leader-
ship role in order to provide a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and future of
ORGANIZATIONS recreational angling. In order to achieve these goals, it is important for organizations who have the
same goals to join together, uniting their voices and votes for the good of present and future genera-
tions of anglers. Therefore, the RISAA is proud to be AFFILIATED with these respected organizations.
Blue Water Bowling Green Bristol County Buckeye Brook Buzzards Bay CT/RI Coastal
Anglers Fishing Club Striper Club Coalition Fishing Club Fly Fishers
Connecticut East Greenwich East Bay Galilee Jamestown Massachusetts
Surfcasters Assoc. Yacht Club Anglers Tuna Club Striper Club Beach Buggy Assoc.
Massachusetts Narragansett Pier Narragansett
Narragansett Newport Cty Salt Ocean State
Striped Bass Assoc. Sportfishing Assoc. Salt Water
Surfcasters Water Fishing Club Surfcasters
R. I. Marine R. I. Mobile
Old Colony Pioneer Valley Princeton R. I. Party &
Trades Assoc. Sportfishermen
Amphibians Boat & Surf Club Fishing Team Charter Boat Assoc.
Rhody Slater Mill St. John’s Stripercoast United Fly Tyers of Weekapaug
Fly Rodders Fishing Club Fishing Club Surfcasters Rhode Island Surfcasters
In order to promote fisheries management and conservation on a regional, national and international scale,
the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association has associated with these organizations:
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HOW MANY MENHADEN? (from page 23)
As the fishing target goes up, harvesting levels must naturally Conservationists counter that more menhaden in the
go down. Chesapeake Bay mean more food for stripers, blues, cobia,
“I’m not very hopeful,” said Paul weakfish, and marine birds, which in turn bolsters the marine
Kennedy, a recreational angler and food chain that undergirds all the larger predator fish.
RISAA member from Warwick, Rhode
Island, before the Boston meeting Following the contentious ASMFC vote, both sides took
convened. “I guess I’m jaded because stock of the issue.
I’m so used to recreational anglers “I guess I’m not nearly as jaded now,” Paul Kennedy
being ignored.” remarked, as he and other recreational anglers prepared to head
Kennedy wasn’t the only angler who home in victory.
attended: Dozens of recreational “I think the ASMFC did a hell of a job today,” said Paquette.
anglers showed up to lobby on behalf “This could prove to be a history-making vote as far as the
of a little-known resource that they Paul Kennedy survival of menhaden goes.”
believe is in peril. Jay Odell, Mid-Atlantic Marine
Patrick Paquette, a recreational Program Director with the Nature
fishing advocate who bused recreational Conservancy, was also impressed. “I’m
anglers from the Massachusetts Striped so pleased and relieved that after a decade
Bass Association, Rhode Island of debate the ASMFC has now set a new
Saltwater Anglers Association, and course for menhaden in consideration of
Massachusetts Commercial Anglers their critical role for forage for so many
Association (a rod and reel commercial Atlantic Coast fishes, marine mammals,
harvesting organization), attended so birds, and the long-term interests of O’Dell
that the ASMFC could see that behind people who depend on menhaden, too.”
Patrick Paquette the community of recreational anglers But not all the folks in the audience were pleased with the
are real people with real names and faces decision. “What the commission did is akin to swatting a gnat
and interests. with a sledgehammer,” said Ron Lukens, a senior fisheries
biologist for Omega Protein. “It’s absolutely a disappointment.
THE VOTE....A WIN! We knew we were going to take a cut, but this is a little too
Imagine the anglers’ surprise when commissioners voted to much to swallow.”
significantly raise the fishing target, thereby curtailing
commercial fishing levels by an astounding 37 percent.
The vote was 14 to 3, with only Virginia, New Jersey, and Omega
the Potomac River Fisheries Commission dissenting. processing
This vote marked the first time that the ASMFC has ever plant in
moved to reduce commercial menhaden fishing levels, and Reedville,
commercial anglers were as stunned as conservationists were VA
The new commercial fishing reductions will take effect in
2013; during the 2012 season the ASMFC will decide just where
and how the new cuts in harvest will take place. Some want to Jim Kellum of Ocean Bait Inc. was also let down by the
see an across-the-board cut to all commercial landings split vote. He pointed out that reduced fishing levels will no doubt
equally, while others hope to see all the reduction efforts taken result in job losses, and he believes that politics is often to blame
out of Omega Protein’s landings. for poor environmental management. In fact, it was rumored
that certain governors had lobbied their state’s commissioners
THE SCIENCE to vote a certain way on the issue.
Some commercial anglers argue that there’s no science to Kellum expressed an opinion common among anglers: “I
back up the idea that leaving more adult menhaden in the ocean think that until the recreational sports fishermen and the
will mean better reproduction, and they’re right. After all, commercial fishermen work together to take control of the
ASMFC suggests that the current population of menhaden is environmental factors that are creating the cesspool that is
generating enough eggs to reproduce the stock. becoming the Chesapeake Bay, things aren’t going to get any
So why aren’t the eggs hatching to produce more juvenile better.”
menhaden? No one knows for sure. Some scientists suggest
that pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest menhaden Beau Beasley is an award-winning outdoor writer and the
breeding ground, and other environmental factors as well as director of the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival. His new book “Fly
cyclical spawning cycles are to blame. Fishing the Mid-Atlantic: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters”
was recently released.
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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President.............................. Stephen Medeiros...............firstname.lastname@example.org................ 401-826-2121
1st Vice President............ Capt. Richard Hittinger....... email@example.com............ 401-739-1875
2nd Vice President........... George Allen........................ firstname.lastname@example.org................... 401-849-4896
Secretary.............................. Peter O'Biso......................... email@example.com................ 401-783-2364
Treasurer.............................. Capt. Edwin Cook............... firstname.lastname@example.org................. 401-885-0679
Sergeant-At-Arms............. Thomas Smotherman......... email@example.com..... 401-255-2442
Board Member................. Robert Blasi..........................firstname.lastname@example.org.................. 401-527-5157
Board Member.................... Charles Bradbury.................email@example.com............401-647-5305
Board Member.................... Capt. Edward Kearney........ firstname.lastname@example.org.................... 401-397-4513
Board Member..................... William Sosnicki.................. email@example.com............ 401-822-2979
Board Member.................... Roger Tellier......................... firstname.lastname@example.org..................401-398-2670
Board Member.................... Michael Warner................... email@example.com............... 401-364-0027
Artificial Reefs............................. Capt. Richard Hittinger...... firstname.lastname@example.org............ 401-739-1875
Boat & Fishing Shows................ Capt. Mike Warner............. email@example.com............... 401-364-0027
By-Laws..........................................Robert Blasi........................ firstname.lastname@example.org................... 401-527-5157
Charities........................................ Kevin Miller........................ email@example.com ........... 401-497-6794
Charter Trips................................ Peter O'Biso......................... firstname.lastname@example.org..............401-783-2364
Dealer Discount Coordinator..... David Westfall.................... email@example.com............. 401-270-1822
Education........................................Capt. Ed Kearney............... firstname.lastname@example.org..................... 401-397-4513
Elections.........................................Gary Perschau.................... email@example.com................... 401-828-3464
Entertainment............................... Lynn Medeiros................... firstname.lastname@example.org.....................401-996-3308
Fly Fishing.................................... David Porreca..................... email@example.com.......... 401-392-1919
Foundation..................................... Capt. Michael Warner........ firstname.lastname@example.org............... 401-364-0027
Fund-Raising.................................Linton Wilder...................... email@example.com ................401-828-7795
Historian........................................ Position open...................... .....................................................................
Junior Activities........................... Robert LeBlanc................... firstname.lastname@example.org............... 401-884-0503
Kayak..............................................David Pollack...................... email@example.com............... 401-749-5379
Legislative..................................... George Allen....................... firstname.lastname@example.org................... 401-849-4896
Membership...................................Capt. Edward Kearney...... email@example.com...................... 401-397-4513
Menhaden.......................................Capt. Ed Cook..................... firstname.lastname@example.org.. 401-885-0679
Merchandise..................................William Sosnicki................. email@example.com.............401-822-2979
Political Action PAC.................... Stephen Medeiros............. firstname.lastname@example.org................. 401-826-2121
Newsletter...................................... Stephen Medeiros............. email@example.com...................401-826-2121
Public Access................................ C. J. Rice.............................. firstname.lastname@example.org.................... 401-829-8215
Saltwater Fishing Show.............. Stephen Medeiros.............. email@example.com................. 401-826-2121
Scholarship................................... Curt Caserta........................ firstname.lastname@example.org.............. 401-667-0123
Striper Cup.................................... Donald Smith...................... email@example.com................... 401-295-4205
Surfcasters....................................Robert Moeller.................... firstname.lastname@example.org...............401-884-0117
Tag & Release...............................Jeromy Jamgochian............ email@example.com..401-378-7099
Tournaments................................. Charles Bradbury............... firstname.lastname@example.org........... 401-647-5305
Legal Counsel to Board of Directors..... Mitchell Riffkin, Esq
Liason to Recreational Fishing Alliance....... Douglas MacPherson
RISAA Office: (401) 826-2121 • FAX: (401) 826-3546
Mail Address: P.O. Box 1465, Coventry, RI 02816
New England Saltwater Fishing Show: www.nesaltwatershow.com
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Want to get yourself listed? Call the RISAA office (401-826-2121) and leave your name and number. Someone will get back to you.
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Massasoit Tool Company.........800-648-6050 Member: Lorraine Danti (Warren, RI) Harbour Lights.........................860-933-2810
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Stock/distribute 3M coated abrasives Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle.....401-294-9642 www.lightedcharts.com - RISAA discount
ACCOUNTING _ Member: Mike Bestwick (North Kingstown, RI) COFFEE - WHOLESALE _
Disanto, Priest & Co................401-921-2035 4019 Quaker Lane, North Kingstown Coffee Pause..............................800-444-1488
Member: Raymond Marchak (Warwick, RI) Quonny Bait & Tackle..............401-315-2330 Member: David Fuller (RI/MA)
www.disantopriest.com Member: Robin Nash (Charlestown, RI) www.coffeepause.com - Big selection of K-cups
Sullivan & Co. CPAs.......401-272-5600 x166 5223B Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI COMPUTERS _
Member: Ryan Holzinger (Providence, RI) River & Riptide Anglers............401-392-1919 Computer & Network Services.. 401- 921-4288
rholzinger@SullivanCPA.com Member: David Porreca (Coventry, RI) Member: Bob LeBlanc (Warwick, RI)
ATTORNEYS _ 2435 Nooseneck Hill Rd #4A, Coventry, RI 10% off all labor; $25 off complete custom sys.
Henry M. Clinton, Esq.............215-851-8536 Snug Harbor Marina.................401-783-7766 CONSTRUCTION______________________
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Member: Al Conti (Wakefield, RI) Bryan Couture Construction...401-792-3672
Philadelphia, PA email@example.com www.snugharbormarina.com Member: Bryan Couture (Narragansett, RI)
Michael R. DeLuca, Esq...........401-274-6644 Sportsman’s Outfitter..............508-823-0412 Concrete flatwork, patios, driveways, floors
Gidley, Sarli & Marusak, L.L.P. Member: Richard Gunter (Berkley, MA) D & M Concrete Forms............401-884-8778
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Raymond E. Gallison, Esq........508-677-4235 Member: Greg Bruning (Warwick,RI) All types of concrete form work
427 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, MA 02721 443 West Shore Rd, Warwick, RI COOKING____________________________
Mitchell S. Riffkin, Esq...........401-732-6500 BLUEPRINTS _ Gilchrist’s GreatGrates...........401-364-3457
631 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI 02886 Rhode Island Blueprints..........401-942-3225 Member: Tim Gilchrist (Charlestown, RI)
Joseph J. Roszkowski, Esq.......401-769-3447 Member: Paul Kelly (Cranston, RI) www.greatgrate.com 15% RISAA disc over $20
Justice of the Peace 335 Webster Avenue, Cranston, RI CUSTOM RODS _
1625 Diamond Hill Rd, Woonsocket, RI 02895 BOATING NEWS _ CMS Enterprise........................508-995-2372
Sammartino & Berg..............401-274-0113 BoatingLocal.com.....................508-789-6708 Member: Charles & Susan Ponte (New Bedford)
Member: Andrew Berg, Esq. (Providence, RI) Member: Tom Richardson (Mattapoisett, MA) 637 Tarkiln Hill Rd, 2nd flr, New Bedford, MA
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A & N Auto Body Inc.......508-336-5334 BOAT MAINTENANCE _ Exquisite Smiles.......................508-761-5320
Member: Thomas Clark (Seekonk, MA) Aquidneck Boat Services..........401-487-4345 Member: Dr. James Phelan (S. Attleboro, MA)
32 Industrial Ct, Seekonk, MA Member: Will Nattress (Portsmouth, RI) www.exquisite-smile.com
AUTOMOTIVE _ Detailing services, bottom paint, shrinkwrap Joel Picard, D.D.S......................401-769-0047
Moore’s Motor Service......401-821-4050 BOAT SALES _ 52 Hamblet Ave, Woonsocket, RI
Member: Clarence Moore (Coventry, RI) Cataumet Boats.........................401-245-5222 General, cosmetic and implant dental services
487 Washington St, Coventry, RI Member: Jack McMath (Barrington, RI) DIESEL INJECTION SERVICE _
RC Auto Repair..........................401-615-9924 Grady White, Carolina Skiff, Chris Craft Boston Fuel Injection................401-231-0210
Member: Raymond Vincent, Jr. (Coventry, RI) Conanicut Marine.....................401-423-7158 Member: Pedro Monteiro (Smithfield, RI)
General auto repair. 10% off labor to members. Member: Gene Steger (Jamestown, RI) Agricultural, automotive, marine & trucking
Star Service Auto/Marine.........401-821-9887 Wellcraft Boats - www.conanicutmarina.com ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING____________
Member: Jay Starziano (Coventry, RI) Inland Marine, Inc.....................401-568-0995 Freelance Electrical Services....401-623-1231
10% discount parts/labor to RISAA members Member: Ross Lemieux (Chepachet, RI) Member: Doug Lacombe (Coventry, RI)
BAIT & TACKLE _ Boat sales, service and repairs Electrical wiring • 10% RISAA discount
Block Island Fishworks......401-466-5392 Ocean House Marina................401-364-6040 ELECTRICAL WASTE REMOVAL__________
Member: Chris Willi (Block Island, RI) Member: Rob Lyons (Charlestown, RI) Cottrell Enterprises, Inc............401-632-8093
10% off bait/tackle to RISAA members Hydra-Sports, Steiger Craft, Maritime Skiff Member: James Cottrell (North Kingstown,RI)
Breachway Bait & Tackle..........401-364-6407 Ocean Scout Marine................401-886-3054 www.ewastesolutionsnow.com • Free removal
Member: Ron Mouchon (Charlestown, RI) Member: Greg Vandersip (Bristol, RI) ENGINEERING _
Discount to RISAA members www.OceanScoutMarine.com RP Engineering, Inc.................401-885-7255
Bucko’s Parts + Tackle..............508-674-7900 South Shore Dry Dock Marine.508-636-9790 Member: Richard Pastore (N. Kingstown, RI)
Member: Michael Bucko (Fall River, MA) Member: Capt. Jason Powell (Westport, MA) Environmental, structural, civil
Saltwater rods, reels, tackle, reel & rod repair www.southshoredrydock.com ENGRAVING & ETCHING _
Cardinal Bait & Tackle.............401-322-7297 BUSINESS CONSULTING _ Ron Nalbandian........................401-377-4688
Member: Michael Cardinal (Westerly, RI) Joel Liberto...............................508-539-4918 Westerly, RI 401-932-3890
www.cardinalbaitandtackle.com 12 Yardarm Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649 Shop/mobile ser. - glass, wood, stone, metal
Erickson’s Bait & Tackle...........401-739-7437 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ENTERTAINMENT _
Member: Craig Castro (Warwick, RI) CARPENTRY _ A Bluegrass Invitation Band....401-624-9517
1257 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick Leigh Betts Carpentry.............401-213-6452 Member: Charlie Santos (Tiverton, RI)
East Providence Bait Co...........401-434-2248 Member: Leigh Betts (Bradford, RI) www.bluegrassinvitation.com
Member: Larry O’Neill (E. Providence) Everything from framing to finish work The Sleepster.............................401-351-3518
324 Waterman Ave. Open 6AM to 8PM CARPET CLEANING _ Member: Harold J. Hemberger (Johnston, RI)
Galilee Bait & Tackle................401-651-9600 Clean Rite Carpet Cleaning...401-788-0932 Stage hypnotist, parties, events, fund-raisers
Member: Mike Comerford (Galilee, RI) Member: Rod Raso (Wakefield, RI)
2 State Street, Narragansett, RI Carpet/upholstery, residential/comm/yachts
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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES _ Linesider Fishing Charters....401-2439-5386 Fishdoc Custom Plugs........401-829-2967
Alliance Environmental Group 401-732-7600 Capt. Eric Gustafson (Block Island, RI) Member:Richard Mandeville (Greenville, RI)
Member: Richard C. Hittinger (Warwick, RI) www.linesiderfishing.com Built for the fish! www.customstriperlures.com
Envir assessment, compliance, clean-up svcs Lucky Lady Charters...............401-284-2869 Fishing Solutions.................508-528-4898
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Ameriprise Financial...............508-497-8931 www.luckyladycharters.net IFly Rod Holders. www.iflyrodholders.com
Garth Fondo (Hopkinton, MA) Ocean Sportfishing Ltd...........401-728-2081 Lemire’s Plug Works...........401-641-4885
Certified Financial PlannerTM Capt. Rich Templeton Member: Alan Lemire (Clayville, RI)
Ameriprise Financial.................401-398-7802 Email: email@example.com www.lemiresplugworks.com
George Hadfield (East Greenwich, RI) On The Rocks Charters..........401-359-3625 Line Stretcher Tackle Co....617-666-FISH
Investments. All financial services. Capt. Rene Letourneau (Pawtucket, RI) Member: Ray Jussaume (Somerville,MA)
Barnum Financial Group..........401-243-8855 www.ontherockscharters.com Surface Tension lure & Squid Chow squid jig
Christian Grundel (Warwick, RI) Ogofishing Charters...............860-774-6924 Little Rhody Tackle..............401-826-1023
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Capt. John Ogozalek (Danielson, CT) Member: Bart Wagner (Coventry, RI)
J. Handock Financial Services..401-691-4153 www.ogofishing.com Hand-made fishing rigs and jigs
Will Nattress (Warwick, RI) Prowler Charters.....................401-783-8487 Lonely Angler Lures............781-572-0921
email@example.com Capt Al Anderson (Ram Point Marina, RI) Member: John Wilson (Lexington, MA)
FIREARMS SCHOOLS _ www.ProwlerChartersRI.com Custom wood lures - www.lonelyangler.com
American Firearms School 508-695-5869 Razin Kane Charters ...................401-295-0642 Millard Wire Company........401-737-9330
Member: Matthew Medeiros (N.Attleboro) Capt. Sandy Kane (Jamestown, RI) Member: Dan LaCroix (Exeter)
www.AmericanFirearmsSchool.com RISAA disc. www.kanesguns.com Inconel Wireline for trolling “The Real Deal”
FISHING APPAREL _ Seadog Inshore Charters.........401-218-3074 Phase II Lures..........................203-226-7252
Linesider Marine Specialties..401-439-5386 Capt. Steve Travisono (Charlestown RI) Member: Dick Fincher (Westport, CT)
Capt. Eric Gustafson (Block Island,RI) Fluke our specialty - firstname.lastname@example.org Hand-carved lures that catch fish. www.phaseiilures.com
Angling apparel. 10% off to RISAA members. SeaDuced Charters.................508-394-6546 Point Jude Lures.....................401-846-1808
FISHING CHARTERS _ Capt. Robbie Briggs (Dennisport, MA) Member: Joseph Martins (Newport, RI)
Adrianna Charters...................401-573-3474 www.seaducedfishing.co www.pointjudelures.com
Member: Capt. Mike Neto (Coventry, RI) Seascape Charters.........1-877-6-GO-FISH Rhode Island Poppers..............401-762-1884
Stripers, Tautog, Cod, Shark, Tuna Capt. Donald LeBlanc (Newport, RI) Member: Armand Tetreault (Woonsocket, RI)
Bottom Line Charters..............401-783-6815 www.seascapecharter.com Hand made wooden poppers. 10% RISAA disc.
Capt. Fred Bowman (Wakefield, RI) Snappa Charters...................401-782-4040 SurfHog Lure Co....................401-864-6069
bottomlinesportfishing.com Capt. Charlie Donilon (Wakefield, RI) Member: Bob Neilson (North Kingstown, RI)
Cape Cod Fishing School........781-826-4915 www.snappacharters.com www.surfhoglureco.com
Member: Capt. George Doucette (Cape Cod) StuffIt Charters.....................401-764-5141 Terminal Tackle Co................631-269-6005
Charters, On the water classes for fishermen Capt. Joe Pagano (Scituate, RI) Member: John Richy (Kings Park, NY)
Capt Sheriff ’s FishingChartersRI.com www.stuffitcharters.com - RISAA discount. www.terminaltackleco.com or call for catalog
Capt. John Sheriff (Charlestown, RI) ThomCat Charters................401-828-9424 T-Man Custom Tackle............860-668-1302
www.FishingChartersRI.com - 401-450-2549 Capt. Thom Pelletier (Coventry, RI) Member: Capt. Pat “T-Man” Renna
Day Break Fishing Guides.......781-929-1012 www.thomcatcharters.com www.tmancustomtackle.com - Striper tubes
Member: Walter Bettuchi (Cape Cod, MA) Three D’s Charters...............401-322-0059 HOME IMPROVEMENT_______________
www.daybreakfishingguides.com Capt. Dave Petit (Westerly, RI) Got Wood?..........................401-749-9990
Ed Cook Charters.....................401-524-5294 www.threedscharters.com Member: Pete Giegerich (Exeter, RI)
Capt. Ed Cook (North Kingstown, RI) White Ghost Charters..........401-828-9465 Free wood pickup
10% RISAA discount. email@example.com Capt. James White (Coventry, RI) Miller’s Interiors.................401-497-6794
Fin Reaper Charters.................401-255-9630 www.whiteghostcharters.com Member: Kevin Miller (Cranston, RI)
Member: Capt. Bruce Weinstein (Snug Harbor) FISHING PRODUCTS______________ All types of remodeling
B.I.stripers tuna-shark-cod finreapercharters.com 9er’s Lures...........................508-822-9650 Quality Tile..........................401-826-9700
Fishtales II Charters................401-732-1376 Member: Eric Ferreira (Taunton, MA) Member: Bill Place (West Warwick, RI)
Capt. Bob Masse (Warwick, RI) www.9erslures.com Granite counter tops - 69 Aster Street
www.fishtalesiicharters.com A & S Tackle.........................508-679-8122 Quik-Fix Handyman............401-374-8281
Flukin Sportfishing Charters...401-692-9058 Member: Steve Abdow (Swansea, MA) Member: Frank Joyal (Cranston, RI)
Capt. Chuck Boranian (Galilee, RI) www.astackle.com Home repairs/remodeling. 10% RISAA disc.
www.flukin.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Afterhours Custom Plugs...401-523-5981 ICE CREAM _
Frances Fleet..............................401-783-4988 Member: Don/Michael Guimelli (Barrington) Frosty Freez......401-846-1697
Frank Blount (Pt. Judith, RI) Handmade custom plugs. afterhoursplugs.com Member: Mark Pachico (Middletown,RI)
www.francesfleet.com/ Anco Lures, Inc....................401-438-5860 496 Main Rd, Middletown -10% RISAA disc
Heffernan Charters, LLC.........401-364-9592 Member: John Anterni (Riverside, RI) INSTRUCTION _
Capt. Bill Heffernan (Charlestown,RI) Plastic poppers, swimmers, darters American Boatschool.........860-295-9634
Live bait or trolling. 10% off to RISAA Androd Custom Rods............508-399-7837 Member: Capt. Max Fentress (Mystic, CT)
Irish Jig Charters......................401-499-9182 Member: Robert Andrade (Seekonk, MA) e-mail: email@example.com
Capt. Dave McCormick (Narragansett,RI) www.androd.com Boatwise Marine Training..800-698-7373
www.IrishJigCharters.com AquaSkinz Corp...................877-379-8677 Member: Capt.Rick Kilborn (S.Hampton,NH)
Lady K Charters....................... 239-565-2949 Member: Kadir Akturk (Lindenhurst, NY) Recreational & Captains license classes
Capt. Steve Babigian (Snug Harbor, RI) www.aquaskinz.com JANITORIAL SUPPLIES _
www.ladykcharters.com DC’s Custom Wood Plugs....401-465-5338 Land-Tek Maintainence......508-252-3795
Legacy Charters........................401-567-5269 Member: Dick Cournoyer (Woonsocket, RI) Member: Ken Anderson (Rehoboth, MA)
Capt. Keith Sullivan (Point Judith, RI) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org supplies, paper products, cleaning equipment
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LAND SURVEYING _ _ Pawtucket Credit Union.......401-541-7003 SELF DEFENSE __
Thomas D. Drury, Jr.............401-333-4777 Member: Brad Sudol (East Greenwich, RI Oceanside Martial Arts.........401-294-3035
805 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI Purchase/finance great rates. c:401-465-7345 Member: Justin Keller (Exeter, RI)
Professional land surveyor - RI/MA/CT PAINTING CONTRACTORS____________ RISAA discount www.OceansideMA.com
LASER ENGRAVING__________________ Certa Pro Painters................401-921-6655 SCUBA _
Kell-Strom Tool Company......800-851-6851 Member: Will Donnell (All of RI) Scuba Made Easy.....................401-742-4898
Member: Robert Kelly (Wethersfield, CT) Resident/comm painting. 10% RISAA discount Member: Deb Greenhalgh
General machine and laser marking PAINT & SUPPLIES _ www.scubamadeeasy.org
LAWN CARE________________________ ICI Paints...............................401-751-7300 SOLAR CONSULTANT _
Ocean State Lawn Service.....401-732-8182 Member: Bob Marco (Pawtucket, RI) Alteris/Solarwrights...............401-315-2529
Member: Paul Karcz (Warwick, RI) We sell interior and exterior paint Member: Gil Bell (Charlestown, RI)
Fertilization programs. 10% RISAA discount PEST CONTROL _ Free solar site evaluation email@example.com
MACHINING________________________ Best Pest Control..................401-437-1274 TAXIDERMIST_________________________
Hartwell Mfg. Co....................401-567-7720 Member: Dick Hess (Riverside, RI) Larry’s Licensed Taxidermist..508-883-8190
Member: Jerry Finkle (Chepachet, RI) Certified & insured. 10% RISAA Discount Member: Larry Hayward (Blackstone, MA)
Custom machining small parts, plastics/metal PHYSICIANS _ TROPHIES/PLAQUES___ ______________
MARINA _ Anthony V. Rocha, M.D.........401-438-2780 Crown Trophy..........................401-231-0070
Stanley’s Boat Yard.............401-245-5090 387 Waterman Ave, E. Providence, RI 02914 Member: John Kubaska (Smithfield, RI)
Member: Kevin Terhune (Barrington, RI) Family and internal medicine www.crowntrophy.com
Full service marina, repairs, storage PICTURE FRAMING _ Eagle Enterprises....................516-319-0779
MARINE ELECTRONICS______________ Crestar...................................401-885-0300 Member: Ken Begelman (Oceanside, NY)
Seaport Communications.......401-783-4778 Member: Jason Dittleman (E. Greenwich, RI) www.keneagle.com -hand painted fish/trophies
Member: Manuel Medeiros (Narragansett, RI) www.crestarmfg.com VETERINARIANS _
Sales - Service - Installation POOPER SCOOPER SERVICE _ Richmond Veterinary Clinic..401-539-2683
MARINE FABRICATION_______ _______ Kanine Kleenup Service......508-496-1680 Member: Robert Bolton (Wyoming, RI)
BJK Aluminum Creations......401-624-1422 Member: Brian Woodard (Dighton, MA) Practice for small animals
Member: David Potter (Tiverton, RI) www.scoopthepooptoday.com RISAA discount VIDEO PRODUCTIONS _
T-tops, radar arches, towers. 20yrs experience PRINTING _ On The Outs Productions......401-300-7258
Essex Marine Fabrication........860-554-0044 M2 Design..............................401-484-5120 Member: Don Coyne (Saunderstown, RI)
Member: Harry Angier (Haddam, CT) Member: Mark Mingain (Pascoag, RI) www.fishingtheoceanstate.com
T-tops -hardtops -arches www.essexmarine.com www.m2cd.com Printing & web design WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICE _
Seaward Boatworks.................401-739-5286 Tiffany Printing Co...............401-828-5514 WasteXpress, LLC...................401-464-6400
Member: Rick Cataldi (Warwick, RI) Member: Christopher Couture (Coventry,RI) Member: John Souto (Cranston, RI)
Aluminum fabrication and canvas work www.tiffanyprinting.com res/comm containers www.wastexpressri.com
MARINE ENGINES _ PROPELLER RECONDITIONING________ WOODTURNING _
Marine Engines, Inc................800-786-7639 Ocean Props.............................888-430-7767 Village Woodturning..............401-647-3091
Member: Jone Keane (Holliston, MA) Member: Michael McMillin (Middletown, RI) Member: Matt Davidson (North Scituate, RI)
www.1800runsnew.com New propeller sales. www.props.com.au/ www.villagewoodturning.com
MARINE HOSE AND FITTINGS__ _____ REAL ESTATE_____________ __________
The Hose Connection Inc........401-624-2921 Randall Realtors....................401-932-2315
Member: Art Marshall (Fall River, MA) Members: Mari Ann & Rod Raso (Wakefield,RI)
Any & all, 1/4” thru 8”. RISAA discount. firstname.lastname@example.org
MARINE REPAIR__________ _________ RE/MAX Flagship....................401-935-9612
Snug Harbor Marine Serv Ctr ....401-789-7680 Member: Will Litvin (S. Kingstown, RI)
Member: Joe Mollica (Wakefield,RI) e-mail: email@example.com
Authorized Penn reel warranty repair center
MARINE SURVEYING____ ___________
Member: David Tatangelo (Coventry, RI)
Dockside Marine Survey.......401-942-1006
Member: Mark Sepe (Cranston, RI)
Repoza Real Estate..................401-848-7372
Marinesurveyor@aol.com Member: John Repoza (Newport, RI)
Down River Marine Surveyor..401-364-6400
Member: Roe LaBossiere (Charlestown, RI)
www.repoza.com Serving all of R.I.
World.net Real Estate Group.401-323-2424
Master Marine Surveyor
MARINE TOWING SERVICES__ _______
Member: Charles Petras (Cumberland, RI)
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.TeamPetras.com
Safe/Sea...................................401-295-8711 REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS _
Member:Capt. Phil LeBlanc (Wickford, RI)
Lawrence A. Rainey.................401-439-9083
Certified commercial & residental
Sea Tow of Rhode Island.......401-294-2360
Member: Kevin Scott (N.Kingstown)
They are all
Member: Ralph Battista (Johnston, RI)
Member:Capt. Clint Allen (Dartmouth,MA) 357 Hartford Ave, Johnston. Fine Italian food.
www.boatus.com Slice Of Heaven...........,..........401-423-9866
MORTGAGE/HOME LOANS _ Member: Steven Liebhauser (Jamestown,RI) RISAA Members:
First Home Mortgage...401-751-0800x5309 32 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI
Member: Paul Kennedy (Providence, RI) ROD & REEL REPAIR _ Have your business or service
Email: PKennedy@gofirsthome.com Beavertail Rod And Reel........401-215-5062 listed by calling 401-826-2121
P.D.H. Mortgage Company..401-529-4488 Member: David Morton (N. Kingstown, RI)
Member: Paul Harrison (Lincoln, RI) www.beavertailrodandreel.com
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The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a nonprofit Association established to provide a forum for saltwater anglers; to provide education to
members concerning fishing techniques and overall enjoyment of fishing; to foster sportsmanship; to support marine conservation and the sound
management of fisheries resources; and provide a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and the future of recreational fishing.
Name: __________________________________________________ Age: _____ Spouse Name: _________________
First Middle Initial Last
Address: _____________________________________ City: _________________________ State: ____ Zip:_________
Put me on RISAA e-mail list:
Home Phone: _____________ Cell Phone: ____________ E-mail:_______________________ yes no thanks
Occupation: _____________________________ Employed At: ________________________________________
You can register them as Junior Members (free)
Children (under 18 yrs):___________________________________________ no thanks yes (complete below)
Prefer to fish from ( check all that apply):
Rocks & Piers Charter Boats Party Boats Fly Fishing Surfcasting Other _________________
Own Boat: Length:___ ft Maker/Type:_____________ Boat Name:_______________ Docked at:__________
How did you hear about RISAA?
Friend Tackle Shop Facebook News article RISAA Newsletter Fishing Show Web site
Saw Advertisement at - Internet Magazine Newspaper TV Other_________________________
CHECK TYPE TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP
Regular Adult: $50/year (additional members, immediate family, same household: 2nd = $45, 3rd = $40)
Multiple Years: $45 X ____ years = $______ Total Enclosed (save $5 per year)
Age 65+ : $25/year - requires date of birth: ___________
Life Member: $500 (one time, single payment)
Junior Member: Free (Up to 17 years. Requires member sponsor)
Junior's Name: (print)_______________________________________ Age:_____ Date of Birth: ________________
Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ____________________
RISAA Sponsor (if parent not a member): _____________________ Relationship: _____________ Date: _________
Payment must accompany application.
Enclosed is my check for $__________ (payable to R.I.S.A.A.)
Charge to my credit card: 1. Card type (check) MasterCard Visa 2. Amount Authorized: $_____________
3. Expiration Date: _____________ 4. CVV # _________ (3-digit number in reverse italics on back of card)
5. Name on card (print): ___________________________________ 6. Card Number: _______________________________
Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, RI at 7:00
pm. (attendance not required). Membership benefits include monthly seminars • fishing tournaments • Mail to: R.I.S.A.A.
monthly newsletter • discounts at tackle shops and marine dealers • social events • college scholarships • P.O. Box 1465
video library • adds your voice to fisheries management and conservation issues. Coventry, RI 02816
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P.O. Box 1465 FEBRUARY, 2011 Nonprofit Organization
Coventry, RI 02816 U.S. Postage Paid
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