MONTI: Council exploring party/charter boat limited access program – The Sun Chronicle

The New England Fishery Management Council has scheduled eight listening sessions to solicit public comment on whether it should develop a limited access program for the recreational party/charter boat fishery under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, better known as the groundfish plan.

“We’re going out on the road to listen to what people have to say,” Council Executive Director Tom Nies said. “The Council has not made a decision yet about whether or not it will pursue limited access. We know the recreational fishery has many differing opinions about this issue, so before we begin to sketch out the details of a limited access program in an amendment to the groundfish plan, we first want to hear from impacted fishermen about whether or not they want us to embark down this road.”

Seven in-person sessions will be held April 4-May 9 from Maine to New Jersey, and a final webinar will be held on May 10 for anyone who could not attend session or who has additional comments. The Webinar is being held from 1-3 p.m. on May 10.

Three Massachusetts listening session will be held. The first will be in Chatham, May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center; the second in Plymouth, May 8 (6 p.m.) at the Hampton Inn; and the third in Gloucester, May 9 (5:45 p.m.) at the Sawyer Free Library.

A Rhode Island session will take place April 23 (6 p.m.) at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium, Narragansett, RI.

For information on the sessions, including the type of input the Council is looking for, visit or contact Dr. Jamie Cournane the Council’s groundfish plan coordinator at 978.465.0492, ext.103,

Fishing show this weekend

The Annual New England Saltwater Fishing Show, sponsored by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA), is being held this weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast,” RISAA President Steve Medeiros said. “It’s 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.”

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.

Captain Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah and Captain Dave Carraro of Tuna.COM from the TV show Wicked Tuna will be speaking at the show Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday is Family Day with women and children admitted free. There will be a scavenger hunt for children on Sunday. Ask about it when you arrive at the show.

Capt. Dave Monti and 60 other guest speakers

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 will be ‘How to catch bigger fluke’ 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 ‘Enhancing your tautog bite” 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. Visit for a complete listing of seminar topics and speakers.

Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are admitted free. Learn more about the show at .

Fourth annual RI Quahog Week

The Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, chaired by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), will hold its fourth annual Quahog Week March 25-31.

The week-long celebration will highlight the importance of Rhode Island’s iconic shellfish to the State’s 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 Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association will be shucking and serving complementary little necks and interacting with attendees about their fishery. Partners will also be providing other complementary quahog-based samplers and beverages. Both events are free and open to the public. Quahog Night West Bay will be held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown and Quahog Night East Bay will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren.

‘Back to Basics’ with fishing icon Charley Soares

Noted New England angler and fishing columnist Charley Soare will be the guest speaker at the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association seminar Monday at 7 p.m. at the West Warwick Elks, 60 Cycle Street, West Warwick.

Charley’s seminar will address the basics in catching species in our area from early spring to late fall. Whether fishing for school stripers 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.

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 paid separate to the West Warwick Elks is available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.

Where’s the bite

Cod fishing. Capt. Andy Dangelo of the Seven B’s Party Boat said, “We have been finding cod and with the weather improving everything is looking up.” Capt. Frank Blount said, “We 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.


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