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The Hawg Forum / Independent Bass Anglers and Dead Bass
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:00:07 PM »
Back in 2016 I was conducting a guide trip on Indian Lake. While I was preparing to launch my boat, a bass club was there preparing for the start of a tourney.

I spoke with one of the guys and learned that the club was called Independent Bass Anglers.

During my trip, I witnessed people in that tourney using stringers to hold their bass. I also witnessed an angler putting bass into a cooler or some other type of storage box with no aeration system. I knew this by the fact that I saw him repeatedly empty water out and put new water in.

Long story short, when I completed my trip, I found many, many dead bass at the launch area. Some of them were big bass, too, with one or two between 4 and 5 lbs. and others over 3 lbs. I was disgusted with what I saw.

I reported them to DEM for their lack of proper care for the bass they caught and weighed in. DEM reprimanded them for this, but apparently continued to give them permits.

Well, I was contacted by another forum member this morning who told me that he fished at Indian Lake yesterday and saw Independent Bass Anglers there again, completing the weigh-in for a tourney. And once again there were dead bass floating at the ramp. One of the club members told a fellow member to pick up the dead bass because they had gotten in trouble in the past for leaving dead fish at the ramp.

So, apparently they have made a habit of making sure they clean up their carnage before they leave in order to cover their tracks and keep from getting scolded by DEM again.

Well, if I can do so, I will work my butt off to make sure they never get another permit to run a tourney in RI. I'm tired of seeing and hearing about their careless handling of bass during tournaments and the large numbers of dead fish they leave behind when they're finished.

They allow the use of stringers and they allow the use of containers with no pumps, to hold bass for the duration of the tourney. They seem to have a track record of killing high numbers of bass during the summer months, and they have been doing this for at least the last 3 years that I am aware of.

It's time for this stupidity to stop once and for all.

I will be contacting DEM on Monday to let them know about this and I will be requesting that they revoke any existing permits for this club (and the people who run it) and they they never issue them another permit in RI.

I would like to ask that everyone else do this also. Please call DEM at 401-789-0281. Ask to speak to Alan Libby. He's the person in charge of issuing permits for tourneys.

I realize that a person is allowed to keep up to 5 bass per day, so technically an entire club could kill up to 5 bass per participant. But this is not acceptable behavior, and clubs who operate this way need to be held accountable.

A bass in RI takes roughly 5 years to reach adulthood. And these guys are waltzing into area lakes and killing many of them off in a matter of hours, at every lake they go to. There is no respect shown for the fisheries and for other anglers who go to great lengths to keep bass alive during tournaments, by spending money on livewell pumps and other accessories to take proper care of the bass.

Please help end this by calling DEM and requesting that they put a stop to it now.


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Fishing Photos Forum / Scouting for Upcoming Tourney
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:07:16 PM »
Spent 3 hours on the water last night, scouting for an upcoming tourney.
The bite was a bit slow, but caught a couple good ones, including this one.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Pataganset Lake - CT
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:03:22 AM »
I fished a club night tourney here on Friday night/Saturday morning, from 10 PM till 5 AM.

Fishing was slow and steady all night.

Ended up with a 11 1/2 lb. bag that was good for 2nd place. Missed the win by 1 1/2 ounces!

Bulk of my fish were caught on a black spinnerbait, with a couple also being caught on a topwater bait and one or two on a Senko.

Water temp was 78-79. Air temps were 65 - 70 for the night.

The moon was big and bright, but there was a high layer of thin clouds that kept it from being too bright.

All in all a great night of fishing  :)

I just posted a new review over at for a KastKing spinning reel that costs under $30!

Boating Forum / Livewell Lights
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:07:22 AM »
I wrapped up my LED lighting project this week with the installation of LED lights in both of my livewells.  :yes:
Here's a pic of them turned on in my garage after dark.

Here's the Port livewell.

Here's the Starboard livewell.

And here's the LED switch that I installed on the console to turn them on.

It was a lot of work, running the wires, drilling all the holes and then securing the wiring to keep it safe and out of the way, but I have no doubt that it'll be well worth it.  :thumbup:

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Local Water Temps
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:13:25 AM »
My wife and I hit two local lakes this past weekend. On Friday we fished at Glasgo Pond in CT. Water temps in the AM were around 67, but up to a tad over 70 when we left in the afternoon.

We fished Wyassup Lake, also in CT, on Saturday. Water temps there were slightly above 70 in the AM and 72-73 when we left.

Even though we have some more cooler weather moving in this week, it looks like the water temps are now safely in the summer range.

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Boating Forum / New LED Light Installation.
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:07:55 AM »
I spent a fair amount of time this past weekend installing a complete LED light kit on my boat!
I've had the lights for a long time, but never took the time to tackle the installation until now. It was a lot of work, sorting out how and where to route the wires, etc. But I'm really happy with the results  :nod:
Here are a couple pics  (giggle)

I spent a fair amount of time sorting out the logistics of it all; connections, wire routing, fishing wires through the boat, etc.

I'm really happy with the way they came out and the way the boat looks with them on in the dark.

I picked red because it doesn't attract bugs and it doesn't mess with my night vision.

The entire LED light set on my boat, including the bow lights, is from LEDHead Lighting.

I just posted a new tackle review for the Rapala Original Floating Minnow!

Boating Forum / List of RI Public Boat Ramps
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:06:16 PM »
While doing some digging regarding RI HP limits, I found this page on the DEM website that has info about all of the public access boat ramps in the entire state.

I thought it might be useful to post it here for everyone to use as a resource.

If anyone knows of or finds similar pages for other states in the Northeast, please post the link here. Thanks!

Boating Forum / RI HP Limits
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:50:47 AM »
For more than 20 years now I have adamantly stated that the HP restrictions on many RI lakes are a joke. The reason that I say this is that the law creates a double standard.

Bass anglers are being discriminated against, and here's why I say that.

You and I are watched and monitored on all of the 10 HP lakes. If we run our outboard, even at idle speed, we can be written up, fined and taken to court for it.

However, a vast majority of the lakeside property owners who own boats with outboards over the 10 HP limit do, in fact, launch their boats at the very same ramp that you and I launch from. Once they have launched, they promptly start their outboard and (illegally) drive their boat to their dock, where the boat stays for the summer months.

They run their outboard (illegally) all summer long, as they cruise up and down the lake in their pontoon boats, water ski with their ski boats and just generally enjoy boating and fishing recreationally.

Then, in the fall, they use their outboard (illegally) to drive their boat back to the very same ramp which has the HP limit very conspicuously posted, and they load their boat onto the trailer and store it for the winter months.

And this process gets repeated year after year by property owners, many of whom would report us in a heartbeat if we were to run our outboard, even only at idle speed.

I have known this for years, despite not being there to witness it happening.

This past week I was at Echo Lake twice. Once on Tuesday and again on Saturday.

On Tuesday my wife and I saw at least two large pontoon boats back down the ramp, start their oversized outboard and illegally drive to their docks.

On Saturday I witnessed it again, as my bass club was finishing up our tournament weigh-in. Two very large pontoon boats showed up on trailers and began launching them, while also blocking a sizable area of the parking lot while they shot the breeze and prepped boat #1 to launch.

I actually considered calling D.E.M. enforcement, but I didn't bother because I knew nothing would become of it.

D.E.M. is well aware of this double standard, but they continue to turn a blind eye to it.

Echo Lake is one of the rare lakes where the HP restriction can be bypassed for bass tournaments if we get a permit, which we are required to do by law anyway.

I also vaguely remember that, in the past, Echo Lake was only subject to this HP restriction from Memorial Day until Labor day, which may or may not still be in effect. I will investigate this further.

I'm not putting this out here to whine about it. I want to bring this to light (again) and get some feedback from others, and see if there may be some kind of action that can be taken to prevent lakeside property owners from using these ramps illegally every year, while we (bass boat owners) are held to a higher standard and being discriminated against.

More to come...

Fishing Photos Forum / Good Day Saturday!
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:35:19 PM »
My wife and I hit the water Saturday morning and fished from 8:30 AM until about 2:30 PM. I caught 9 bass, including this nice one.

It was caught on a bladed jig I had made just for this particular lake. I guess it worked!

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