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Nautical know-how: a game of learning by doing

Zach Harvey"Fish on, starboard bow,” Capt. Rusty Benn announces over the loud hailer. I set down my fillet knife, hustle across the stern and dash up the rail, determined to be standing on-scene, gaff in hand, before the fearless leader can issue a second broadcast.



The perfect boat and the art of compromise - Part Two

Editor’s note: What makes the perfect fishing boat? It depends, among other things, on the type of fishing you have in mind. This is the second of two columns examining a veteran charter captain’s progression through the four boats he has owned.

Zach HarveyAfter 20 years of running smaller charter fishing boats, Capt. Al Anderson of Narragansett, R.I., in 1981 moved up to a 35-foot Down East-style boat, built in close collaboration with Connecticut-based designer/builder Peter Legnos.



The perfect fishing boat? There’s no such thing - Part One

Editor’s note: Choosing the “perfect” fishing boat is impossible because what works for one angler is often ill-suited for another whose needs differ. In this first of two columns by Zach Harvey he interviews a 50-year charter skipper who talks about the first two of the four boats he has owned — the merits and shortcomings of each and why he moved on.

Zach HarveyWhat makes a perfect fishing vessel? There’s no singular answer to that question. There are a thousand issues of scale, of fishing methods, species and grounds, of inlet clearance or pure economics.



Are you ready for a 12-month season?

It's not always the onset of gales that makes seas unmanageable. Something as simple as a tide change can build a horror show.Every year, a few of us try it. November comes up so fast, with so much fishing we’d intended to do not done. So we decide to stretch the envelope a bit, hold tight in the slip a bit longer, resolving to go sniff out a few more codfish or prowl the beachfronts, up in the lee, the northerly blows no real threat as we jog out to intercept a few late-running bass and blues deep in month 12 before the weather sours in earnest.



Awestruck in autumn: giant tuna, sea herring

A bird blitz means there's sea herring, and that means big fish further up the food chain.“What the @#$%! was that?” I shout, half to myself and half to the bridge behind me, where Capt. Andy Dangelo’s head whips around, probably praying it’s me — his mate — and not a customer who’s buried a jig hook past the barb in my neck.



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Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman died May 3, in Weekapaug, R.I., doing what he loved to do best at that time of year: scouting the salt ponds and outer beaches for spring striped bass. He was an exceptional saltwater angler and a prolific writer. Thousands of readers lost an advocate and authentic storyteller for fishing in the Northeast, and anyone fortunate to have known Tim lost a good friend.

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