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MONTI: Saltwater Anglers founder Medeiros has passed away | Local sports

Stephen J. Medeiros, founder, president and executive director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, died Monday.

In an announcement on his passing, RISAA said, “It is with a heavy heart that the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association announces the passing of our founder, leader and friend, Stephen J. Medeiros. Steve was a tireless advocate for the recreational fishermen and women of RI and all of southern New England. He founded RISAA in January 1998 and was at the helm for over 23 years. Steve has built a strong organization that will continue his excellent work in the future. “

RISAA has 7,500 affiliate members in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Funeral arrangements have been made for today through Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, West Warwick, RI. Visit

Slow zone south of Nantucket to protect right whales

Last week, the Center for Coastal Studies aerial survey team observed the presence of right whales south of Nantucket. This week, NOAA Fisheries announced that a new slow zone is in effect immediately through September 26.

Mariners are urged to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less within the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been detected. Please visit for more information and the actual contact details of the Slow Zone.

North Atlantic right whales move along the Atlantic coast of the United States. NOAA is warning boaters and fishermen to allow sufficient space for these endangered whales. We also ask all fishermen to be vigilant during maneuvers to avoid accidental collisions with whales and to remove unused gear from the ocean to avoid entanglements. Commercial fishermen should use vertical lines with the required markings, weak links and breaking strengths.

Seminar: How to catch skipjack, false albacore

Learn how to catch skipjack and false albacore on Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at a Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association Zoom Seminar. Captain Eric Thomas de Teezer 77 Guide Service, expert in light equipment and fly fishing, will be the guest speaker. Thomas has been a charter captain for 25 years and started fishing off the shores of Aquidneck Island. Today, he is one of the best expert guides in the region in the capture of albies (false albacore) and bone (bonito).

RISAA members attend free of charge. Non-members are welcome with a $ 10 donation to the RISAA Scholarship Fund. Membership is $ 50 / person / year. For more information, visit ‘events’ on

Tight Slam Tournament October 1-3

The 2021 Tightlined Slam is a catch-and-release fly fishing and light tackle tournament in the western Long Island Strait that runs from October 1-3.

The tournament is dedicated to fundraising and raising awareness about the conservation of our fishery and marine resources. This year’s recipients are the American Saltwater Guides Association and Keep Fish Wet.

Anglers compete in nine categories both as a team and as an individual, targeting Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and Skipjack.

“Visit our silent auction page as the auction articles have been published and there is still time to register for the tournament,” said Taylor Ingraham, Founder and Director of the tournament. We look forward to continuing to build the tournament to support the conservation of our marine resources and fisheries in the future. “

Where’s the bite?

Tautog: The minimum tautog size is 16 inches with a limit of three fish / person / day and a boat limit of 10 fish. Jeff Williams of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said: “The bite in front of Newport was better than last week, but still a little slow. Anglers catch a lot of shorts off Newport with an occasional keeper. Tom Giddings of The Tackle Box, Warwick said, “Customers catch the tautog keeper at Rocky Point. A fisherman who fishes there often said that a tautog bent its rod in half before breaking its braid structure. Neil Hayes of Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle said, “Customers are fishing with the tautog but the bite is still not great. It was better this weekend. I think the water is still a bit warm.

Striped bass, blue fish and false albacore: “Customers catch fish about 26 inches in the Conimicut Point area from the shore,” Giddings said. Jeff Williams of Lucky Bait said striped bass, bluefish and false albacore were mixed at the mouth of the Sakonnet River this weekend. “There is a lot of bait in the water (lance, spear and peanut bunker) and the water quality is very good,” Williams said. Hayes noted that “fishermen are interested in bass, bluefish and false albacore. Staged at the mouths of rivers and outlets when the tide is falling. The false albacore bite has somewhat disappeared since the storm last week. East End Eddie Doherty said, “The Cape Cod Canal abandons the Striped Bass mixed-size schools on the first day of the east tide from the west end. Fish in the 25-pound and over class travel close to the bottom as thousands of slits and shorts break on the surface. Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, said: “Striped bass bite is slow on beaches, but there are tones of bait around. Customers jigging for squid in the middle of the day. And, the false albacore sting returned after the storm, however, it had its ups and downs. “

Black sea bass, red tuna and winter flounder: We fished a ledge southeast of Beavertail this week with good results. Lots of action with short, guardian black bass and guardian sized fish (minimum size is 15 inches) in a 4 to 1 ratio. The scup bite was good there too.

Fresh water: “Sand Pond, Warwick Lake, Gorton Pond and other state ponds produce largemouth bass for anglers,” Giddings said. “We even have a good bite of catfish at Sand Pond. Anglers hang minnows two feet below the surface with a float and catfish strike them. “

Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit

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