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Some observations at my local fish ladder.

Some observations at my local fish ladder.

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Nature | 19 comments

Things I’ve learned this spring: not all river herring use fish ladders the way we’d like them to. Many of the fish swim right on past, don’t use them at all. The fish ladder at Wakefield, RI. It’s on the westside of town near the Chevy dealership. This ladder (some people call them fishways) connects the Atlantic Ocean and Point...

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The sturgeon list.

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Nature | 14 comments

The Atlantic sturgeon was recently listed under the Endangered Species Act. This hasn’t been creating much news–the Internet oddly silent. Atlantic sturgeon, like salmon and striped bass, live at sea but spawn in freshwater rivers. The species has been in decline, northen Florida to Maine, since the Industrial Revolution. NOAA’s website lists...

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Nice Eyes

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Nature, Seafood | 2 comments

The fish is a whiting.  They’re a small fish in the cod family. I don’t think they look much like a codfish. Cod don’t have teeth like these. Whiting, also called silver hake and frost fish, travel in large schools and tend to hug close to the bottom. Many a fisherman has gone numb in the head while catching whiting. So many fish. So...

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spring for weasels

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Nature, Stories | 0 comments

It doesn’t have to be a mountain lion or a tiger shark—the shadow of a large predator moving along an edge.  It doesn’t have to be a huge and beautiful manta ray jumping black against the sun. A person can be shocked by a meadow vole. On your knees in the backyard looking for your son’s matchbox car. You reach for an old flowerpot, sunk deep in the...

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The Cuban Drop-off.

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Nature | 5 comments

For some reason, I keep looking at this drop-off and trench. I’m taken by it. Sure it’s only Google Earth. But I’ve heard young Columbus loved nothing more than a good map. On the map (see below) the drop-off is where the land ends and the deep sea begins. It’s a wall, an underwater cliff. Can you imagine if the earth really was...

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Footprints Don’t Lie.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Nature, Sport Fishing | 9 comments

Originally published in The Fisherman Magazine, NE Edition: Issue #4, January 27, 2011 By John P. Lee I needed help. I wanted to catch a Rhode Island native brook trout. It’d been years since I targeted them. I understand that January is not the ideal month, and to help with motivation I gave myself a pep talk by saying, “Brook trout are not a trout...

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