By CAPT. DAVE MONTI Let the New England Saltwater Fishing Show, held March 11-13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, help you prepare for fishing season. The show is back as the largest saltwater fishing show of its kind in the Northeast featuring tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, engines, accessories, clothing and much more.
Greg Vespe, executive director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (show sponsor), said, “We’re about two months away and have sold 260 booths. Our twelve large boat spaces and the large display cases against the back wall of the showroom are all occupied. However, we still have stalls available. Many of our exhibitors have exclusive specials, so anglers should take advantage of these specials. »
“Our seminar committee has refocused on ‘how to’ seminars focusing on strategies and tactics to target the species that we anglers love to catch, eat or release…striped bass, summer flounder, tautog and a host of others. We pay particular attention to species that are in abundance in our area due to warming water. Species like black bass and we hope to attract new abundant species like false albacore and bluefin tuna because they are closer to shore than ever and anglers who haven’t targeted them before are starting to catch them,” Vespe said.
Seminar topics will include everything from offshore canyon tactics to inshore black bass tips and tricks. Speakers will cover locations from Boston Harbor to the Connecticut River and everything in between. Accomplished charter captains, authors and local experts step up to cover topics of interest.
Visit the RISAA Facebook page for updates on seminar topics and speakers as the schedule expands. By taking a little time to plan your show visit, you can make sure you’re at the show for the presentations you want to see and visit the booths that have products you want to check out and buy.
The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is held at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Friday, March 11, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday March 12, 9am-7pm; and Sunday March 12, 10am-5pm
Children under 12 are admitted free, and on Sunday, March 12, Family Day, all women are admitted free. Visit the children’s casting area on Saturday and Sunday.
All adults who attend the show can enter to win a free fishing trip with Captain BJ Silvia from Flippin’ Out Charters. Plus, you can purchase a limited entry ticket to win a second fishing charter with Reserved charters as well as a custom A clever fishing rod (one rod per show day).
Tickets at the door are $12. Friday is Military Appreciation Day. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first 250 veterans and active duty personnel arriving on Friday will be admitted free.
Online fishing license
Anglers are requested to renew their fresh and salt water fishing license. In Massachusetts, to purchase licenses online, visit MassFishHunt: Buy Fishing or Hunting Licenses | Mass.gov. In Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds anglers that the freshwater fishing season runs from March 1 through February 28. Regardless of the date of purchase. To purchase Rhode Island licenses online, visit Fishing Licenses-Rhode Island-Department of Environmental Management (www.ri.gov).
50 years of ocean and coast conservation
Fifty years ago, Congress took action to protect the nation’s oceans and coasts, when it passed a powerful set of laws that helped lay the foundation for nationwide coastal and marine stewardship. These important laws include the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
In a press advisory this week, NOAA said, “These landmark laws are making a huge difference in the lives of Americans… But even greater challenges lie ahead as we face the challenges of climate change and its impacts on the ocean, the coasts and the wildlife.
NOAA asks everyone to go through their 50 Years of Ocean and Coastal Conservation website to look at 50 ways to love your coast and your ocean, a new video that summarizes the four acts and resources for NOAA partners.
Where’s the bite?
Captain Frank Blount of the party boat Frances Fleet, Pt. Judith, RI, said, “The weather worked against us and we haven’t brought out any cod since December. A few boats tried and caught very few fish. Party boats fishing cod south of Cape Cod and off Rhode Island, weather permitting, include the Frances Fleet at www.francesfleet.com, the Seven B’s at www.sevenbs.com, and the Island Current at www.islandcurrent.com.
As temperatures rise and fall this week, check safe ice conditions with cities and towns.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing licence. He sits on various boards and commissions and has an advisory practice focused on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.