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Anglers stretch the truth… a lot


A recent survey showed that 53 percent of anglers exaggerate the size of their catch when they are telling friends and family. The survey of 500 anglers was done by the Tackle Village, an advice and product review website.

The survey found that almost 30 percent of those who exaggerate the size of their catch opted to increase it by 10 percent; one-third of respondents added 20 percent to the size of their fish; about a quarter of respondents added 30 percent to the size of their catch. The remaining 14 percent tended to exaggerate their catch size by more than 50 percent.

For more information or questions about the survey, contact Tackle Village at

Panelists say wind farm reef effect will attract pelagic fish

Ørsted, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm and five other wind farms off the east coast, held its second Fishinar Series last Wednesday on pelagic fishing for sharks, tuna, mahi and other species in the near offshore. 164 anglers registered for the online event.

The aim of the Ørsted Fishinar Series is to encourage angler input into offshore wind farm plans while relating strategies and tactics on how to catch fish through expert charter captains and private anglers. You can see the first Fishinar on ground fish in its entirety here on YouTube at, a link to the second Fishinar on pelagic fish will soon be available.

Panelist Capt. Charlie Donilon of Snappa Fishing and Diving Charters, Pt. Judith said, “We have caught, tagged and released sharks right in the Block Island Wind Farm area. As part of a study we tagged a mako with a transmitter that traveled half way across the Atlantic with others traveling far south down our coast to the Carolinas and beyond.” Capt. Donilon is a shark specialist providing shark cage diving and shark fishing services to his clients (tagging and releasing all sharks).

Capt. John McMurray of One More Cast light tackle charters, specializing in targeting tuna and mahi with stand up light tackle. Capt. McMuray said, “We are doing well catching mahi around research buoys deployed by wind farm developers off New York and New Jersey. We believe turbine pylons will have an artificial reef effect just like the Block Island Wind Farm and attract pelagic fish as these research buoys are attaching them.”

Ørsted has developed an online survey to identify angler attitudes toward offshore wind, who fishes and what they fish for in wind farm areas. The survey takes five minutes and ends with an offer to be updated on a regular basis about wind farm activity and news.

For information email Ross Pearsall, Fisheries Relations Manager, at

MA and RI ponds stocked with trout

Fall trout stocking in Massachusetts began mid-September. 60,000 rainbow trout that are 12 inches or longer and at least 4,000 brown trout about 9 inches long were planned to be stocked. An interactive map on ponds that have been stocked appears at Area waterways stock with trout include Falls Pond and Whiting Pond in North Attleboro and the Bungay River in Attleboro.

In Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is stocking ponds this week. The hatchery-raised trout will be stocked in Barber Pond, South Kingstown (Cyanobacteria advisory lifted); Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond; Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond; Olney Pond, Lincoln (Lincoln Woods State Park); Round Top Ponds, Burrillville; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton; Watchaug Pond, Charlestown; Willett Pond, East Providence; and Wyoming Pond, Richmond & Hopkinton.

For daily updates on stocking in Rhode Island visit DEM’s Facebook page at, or call 401-789-0281.

Ups and downs of the 2020 fishing season

Want to get a capsule view of 2020… species that were hot and where they were biting and fish that were not biting? Attend the RI Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) online webinar Monday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. The 2020 fishing season will be reviewed including such species as black sea bass, cod, summer founder, bonito, false albacore, striped bass and tautog. The species we love to catch and eat. Learn the ups and downs of the season from expert anglers (all of them active RISAA members) Rich Hittinger, RISAA 1st vice president of the recreational fishing vessel Skip Jack; Peter Jenkins, owner of the Saltwater Edge and president of the American Saltwater Guides Association; Richard Reich, active RISAA and Narragansett Surf Casters member; and Greg Vespe, expert angler in our bays, coastal shores and offshore.

Visit the Dec. 28 event calendar at to pre-register for the event, once you register you will receive an email with your special pass code. RISAA members attend free, non-members will be asked to make a $10 donation to the RISAA scholarship fund in advance of the seminar by calling the RISAA office at 401/826-2121 (or consider a membership for $55 a year and attend all seminars free plus receive their information packed monthly magazine).

Where’s the bite?

Cod, black sea bass and scup. Captain Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “After a windy week, Saturday was much improved with flat calm drifting conditions. We had great mixed bag fishing with cod, sea bass, scup, cunner and some nice red hake. We are starting to see a lot more bait on the grounds and there should be white belly cod to follow. This time of the year normally sees a jig bite start once the temperatures start to drop. We are trying to sail every day the weather allows."

Cod fishing off Rhode Island and Massachusetts south of Cape Cod is a good winter bet. Party boats fishing for cod this winter include the Frances Fleet at, the Seven B’s at, and the Island Current at

Freshwater. Anglers are targeting largemouth, pike and trout this week due to the restocking of ponds and waterways as noted above.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association, the American Saltwater Guides Association and the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at or visit

Dave Monti

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