Giving Back

Giving Back

I’ve been a recreational shark fisherman since the late 1970s. Over that time I and the folks who fish with me have caught a lot of fish. We’ve caught blue sharks and sandbars, common threshers and duskies, shortfin makos and tigers. We’ve caught bizarre-looking hammerheads, and we’ve had whites that weighed more than a ton […]

Of The Sea

Of The Sea

Surfers, divers, fishers… This is our legacy. So speak the hell up! My name is John McMurray, and I’m an ocean-junkie. I make a living from the sea. And saltwater courses though my veins. Almost every day, I get my fix – when the alarm-clock starts screaming at 3am; when I start the engine up; […]

Know Your Fisher

Know Your Fisher

As a fisheries organizer, there’s one question I get at almost every public event I’m a part of: “What is one thing that I can do to help fish and fishermen?” It’s a tough question to answer and one that I’m sure I will hear a lot during this October, which happens to be National […]

Teaching the Joy of Fishing

Teaching the Joy of Fishing

Photo: Janet Coit, DEM Director; Steve Medeiros, RISAA president/camp director; and camp participants held a cast-off to open the third annual RISAA Youth Fishing Camp. This summer was a big success for Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) youth programs, such as Take-a-Kid Fishing Day, which exposes youth to fishing for the first time, Youth […]

Trouble Comes To Town

Trouble Comes To Town

Recently in the NJ/NY Bight off of Sandy Hook, NJ, we had some visitors that we had not seen in a very long time. Omega Protein, the Atlantic menhaden (bunker fish) processing giant, decided to take advantage of the calm seas and steam 250 miles north from Reedville, VA up to our waters. I am […]