Photo contest: Climate impacts on fishing and boating


Send in your photos that depict positive or negative climate impacts on fish, habitat, or resource users and you will have a chance to win one of two $250 cash card prizes. Photos could include a habitat change, fish that have left the area, fish here or here in greater abundance due to climate impacts, etc.

To enter, please send photographs to me, Dave Monti at by April 7. Each photo should be accompanied by the name of the photographer, where the photo was taken, and a brief one to two sentence description of the photograph.

Climate change is impacting our coastal shoreline, habitat and the fish we love to catch, eat and/or release. If you are interested in what is changing, and how to employ strategies and actions to address climate changes, you will want to attend the free online Climate Fishinar “Climate Change Effects on Recreational Fishing and Boating: Opportunities and Actions” on Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Series is part of the 2022 Baird Symposium being produced by Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

To take a look at the list of charter captains, fishing sharpies and climate scientists participating, or to register for Session II on April 13 visit Baird Sea Grant Symposium ( .

Trout Unlimited fundraising banquet and auction

Rhode Island Trout Unlimited Charter No. 225 will hold its Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction on

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the at the Quonset “O” Club, North Kingstown, RI. For directions, please visit .

The Banquet will feature an early evening dinner buffet with multiple entree choices, a family style salad and dessert. A cash bar will be available for the beverage of your choice. There will be numerous bucket raffles, door prizes, silent auction and live auction items. Some of the great items available at listed below.

Deerfield River – Pheasant Tail Tours full day float trip for two (2) anglers on the Deerfield or other nearby river.

Cape Cod – Chase Stripers with Fearless Fly Fishing’s Cynthia Harkness for four (4) hours for one angler.

Rhode Island – A half day, early season, Saltwater Light Tackle or Fly Fishing with Captain Eric Thomas on TEEZER

Multiple Single and Double handed casting lessons by FFI Certified Casting Instructors from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Cinder Worm Hatch on Ninigret Pond - Charter for one angler with Captain Jim Barr of Skinny Water Charters

Dozens of fresh and salt water flies tied by fellow members and friends, plus rods, reels and other gear

Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $17.50 for children 15 and under. Contact Susan Estabrook at with questions, please put in the subject line of your email TU#225. Purchase tickets on line in advance at .

Creating rigs and jigs seminar, Monday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Who hasn’t been out fishing and thought, “If my jig just had a bit more flash, a slightly different color or a longer skirt it would be perfect.” If you want to make or enhance old jigs to catch fish, you should attend the “Creating rigs and jigs” online RI Saltwater Anglers Association seminar Monday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Now is your chance to see how long time “Do it yourselfers” Captain Rich Hittinger and Bob Murray both tie rigs and make jigs. Rich and Bob have put together a seminar that includes rig tying and also takes you through the process, selecting paint color, tying skirts and pouring the lead to create and tweak jigs to your own specifications and fishing style.

RISAA members attend free. Non-members are welcome with a $10 donation to the RISAA Scholarship Fund. Membership is $50/person/year. For information contact Greg Vespe, Executive Director, at 401-826-2121 or

Where’s the bite?

“Freshwater fishing for largemouth bass is picking up. With a couple of warm days last week anglers were hooking up with largemouth with shiners. And, Monday morning with the nice weather we had anglers giving it a try too,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside, RI. “The supply chain for gear and tackle does seem to be a bit better this year. We just ordered combination rod and reel rigs, PowerBait in multiple colors, and hooks for opening day and everything came in.” Opening Day of trout season is the second Saturday of April, this year that’s Saturday, April 9.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s master license and charter fishing license. He serves on a variety of boards and commissions and has a consulting business focusing on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries related issues and clients. Forward fishing news and photos to or visit

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