The Annual New England Saltwater Fishing Show, sponsored by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, starts Friday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
âThis is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast. And, itâs our largest ever with a record 445 booths and 350 companies displaying their latest in fishing tackle and gear with many of them offering show specials and prices,âsaid Steve Medeiros, RISAA president.
Most major saltwater companies will be represented including rod and reel manufactures, fishing lure companies, fishing charter boats and guides and makers of clothing, fly fishing gear, boats, kayaks and much more. Medeiros said, âCapt. Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah and Cap. Dave Carraro of Tuna.COM from the TV show “Wicked Tuna” will be speaking at the show Saturday and Sunday.â
A Kids Casting Area will be open Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is also family day, with all women and children admitted free and a special scavenger hunt for children on Sunday, ask about it when you arrive at the show.
Rich Hittinger, first vice president of RISAA said, âWe are raising funds for the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation by selling Rhode Island license plates that feature a striped bass and scup on them. Stop by our booth at the show and take a look at this great plate. When you order one you will supporting all of the fishing outreach, environmental and conservation efforts of the Foundation.â
Over 60 Fishing Show seminars are being given by experts on a wide range of fishing topics from how to catch larger summer flounder to in shore fishing with light tackle from shore, kayak or boat. Learn about fishing tactics and strategies from top fishermen and charter captains.
I will be speaking at the show on two topics, the first is âHow to catch bigger flukeâ offered Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. I will give a second seminar titled âEnhancing your tautog biteâ on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. No Fluke Charters will have a booth at the how, #205, so stop by the booth and say hello or follow me on Twitter @CaptDaveMonti. (A complete list of seminar topics ans speakers is at www.nesaltwatershow.com/seminars.shtml).
Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are admitted free. Learn more about the show at nesaltwatershow.com. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Next week is Quahog Week
The Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, chaired by the state Department of Environmental Management, will hold the fourth annual Quahog Week,Â March 25-31. The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Islandâs iconic shellfish to the Stateâs economy and culture.
As part of the week-long observance, participating restaurants will feature quahog-inspired specials on their menus, and participating markets will offer deals for those who enjoy cooking their own clam dishes at home.
Quahog Week will also feature two special events where harvesters from the RI Shellfishermenâs Association will be shucking and serving complimentary little necks and interacting with attendees about their fishery. Partners will also be providing other complimentary quahog-based samplers and beverages. Both events are free and open to the public. Quahog Night West Bay will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown and Quahog Night East Bay will be held Friday (March 29) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren.
Visit www.seafoodri.com for a full list of participating restaurants and markets and the specials they are offering.
‘Back to Basicsâ with Charley Soares
Charley Soares, noted New England angler and author of books, weekly and monthly fishing columns will be the guest speaker at the RI Saltwater Anglers Association seminar on Monday at the West Warwick Elks, 60 Cycle St., West Warwick.
Charley will address the basics in catching species in our area from early spring to late fall. Whether fishing for school stripes in the spring to big bass in the fall, summer flounder, black sea bass or tautog they all require some basic knowledge of where and how to fish them. And, Charlie plans to share the knowledge with a presentation designed for both beginners and accomplished fishermen.
The public is invited to attend. Non-member are requested to make a $10 donation to the RISAA Scholarship Fund, RISAA members attend free. A dinner (which is paid separate to the West Warwick Elks) is available from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.
Whereâs the bite
Cod fishing. Capt. Andy Dangelo of the Seven Bâs Party Boat said, âWe have been finding cod and with the weather improving everything is looking up.â Capt. Frank Blount said, âWe manage to get off the dock a few times this week and found mixed results. Wednesday did see the best results with a good showing of both green and dark cod. There is still good showing of bait on the grounds and we have some amazing weather coming so things are looking up. Party boats sailing for cod fish at this time include the Frances Fleet at www.francesfleet.com, the Seven Bâs (with Capt. Andy Dangelo at the helm) at www.sevenbs.com, and the Island Current at www.islandcurrent.com .
Dave Monti holds a captainâs master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Follow Capt. Dave on twitter @CaptDaveMonti. Heâll be tweeting about âWhereâs the biteâ, fishing regulations, national fishing policy, and issues that impact the fish. Forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.noflukefishing.com.