AIST will have a first on DEC 18th when Hall of Fame Angler Capt Anderson will be our speaker. Capt Anderson is a renowned Author and Angler who has spent years fishing the RI coast and is the perfect speaker to kick off our winter meeting schedule. Capt Anderson will cover striper fishing with a focus on block Island. In addition to his presentation AL will also have his books with him available for purchase and signing.
Capt Al Anderson's induction into the IGFA Hall of fame
Due to Al's popularity and draw as a speaker we are asking all non dues paying members (aka guests) to pay a 5 $ cover to attend that nights meeting. (Fee is waived for any non member that joins that night. )
We will of course serve food and continue with our usual meeting agenda. Our Reel Raffle will feature a new Penn 750 Spinfisher. The dollar raffle table will be loaded as well so its a perfect time to win some stocking stuffers.
Decembers meeting is also our yearly Toy Drive so please bring a new unwrapped toy if you can.
Congrats to our elected officers for the 2014 fishing season . Corey Smith President, Kurt Rivard VP, Phil Ducket Treasurer.
Novembers meeting held elections set the date for the year end dinner (JAn 25th. Dale won the Atlas Kona 200 reel ...... North End Pizza provided the food and AIST donated items for the troops. We also recieved a appreciation plaque from Operation Stand Down for our help.
Recent AIST Fishing....
BJ with a heck of a nice local Cod that fell for a Crab on Sat
Look at that girth
and new AIST VP Kurt Rivard
Now that's a Squid!!!! AIST's Kurt Rivard gets in on the fall squid run...
AIST members Larry "Circles" Rainey and Cam Thomas Talk Tog while heading out front on a recent trip
Yeah... who said braid was good idea??
OCTOBER'S Tog Panel.... Kurt listens intently and Richard seems surprised as Craig discusses the merits of C-4 when the bite slows down.
Also the VFW has requested our help with their fall troop donation drive... I have updated the list of requested items on our Troop Donations tab...please take a look and see if you have any of the items that are being requested.
Mike Littlefield is our liaison for this.
Novembers meeting will include extra raffle tickets for those members that bring a donation.
Congrats to our President Ted Zack who took home the Avet, and the rest of the October raffle prize winners.
Congrats to Ted Zack who walked away with a Braid loaded Avet SX reel .... Via our Raffle
Want to learn more about how to catch that Togzilla you have ben trying for? Well this is the meeting for you. October's meeting will feature our own Tog panel of experts who have agreed to share some of there know how, gear and tactics they use to consistently stay at the top of the Tog leaderboard season after season. Tog hunting not your idea of a good time... don't worry... plenty of other stuff going on. Raffle Table will as always feature a high end reel, will also have food/snacks and plenty of opportunity to share stores about the ones that got away with your friends. See you there...
Congrats to Team AIST's Craig Borden and Kurt Rivard both of whom won/placed for individual weeks in the 2013 Striper Cup.
End of Striper Cup Sept 15th
Newest Cup fish for AIST!!!
Kurt Rivard adds a 47....Rich Carroll adds a 44
"Wanting to Drink" and "Getting to Drink"
from the cup are two very different things.
No one will just let us have it; not the other teams, not the fish. We will not win it when we have the most guys signed up....nor when we have the biggest name fishermen with the nicest boats and best gear.....
We will win it.....when we earn it
...it is on. Fish long, Fish hard; step up and be accounted for. Do not assume the "other guys" on our team will be the guys with the big fish, do not assume the "other guys" will be the ones out fishing when its miserable outside and conditions are brutal. Do not assume the "other guys" will be the ones fishing when it is cold and wet and you want to stay home.
We are all the "other guys" and always have been.
Captain BJ joins the party with a Block Isle 46.
Ryan Zilly is the Top Dog so far our quest for the Cup in 2013!!!
AIST Striper Cup Leaders
# 1 Captain Craig Bordens Bomber
#2. Our Top Shore Entry
Both fish gave us 46 points each and there are plenty of bigger fish out there so its time to start culling the leaderboard.
Have fun sending your buddy's fish packing...put the heat on and we will continue to climb in the rankings. Thanks to everyone who weighed in a fish and helped get us off to a strong start.
AIST.....why we fish.
May was our last official club meeting until the fall....thanks to our featured speaker Capt Dave Monti and North End Pizza for helping to make it a terrific meeting.
Thanks To our May Featured Speaker...Capt Dave Monti...
Thanks to Al Gags for being our April speaker.
Just lined up, Al Gags will be our featured Presenter for our April meeting. Few if any lure makers can rival Al for the number and style of fish catching lures that he has invented/produced over the years. Al's latest initiative has taken him into the jigs/soft plastics scene and his "Whip it" eel series is one of the most popular. Al has also been the MC for several Potts tournaments and has gone out of his way to support that and other causes that are important to him. As always Al comes with a never ending supply of fishing stories from around the world and is always entertaining.. All will talk whip its, and fishing in general.
AIST's March meeting featured the "OTW" Crew doing a "Big Water Stripers" plug selection presentation.
OTW staff Chris Parisi and Jimmy Fee
Big water plugs...
Feb 2013 featured
The Return Of Capt Jack................................
One of our most energetic and prepared speakers ever, Capt Jack Sprengel returned to AIST for a Canyons presentation......... Time to dream Big!!
Capt Jack currently owns the State Record Swordfish title as well as the RISSA Tuna record. If you know offshore Canyon fishing then you know Jack!!
Join your fellow AIST members who have already signed up for the following committees.
Don't see a committee that interests you? Come to our next meeting and request to form a new committee.
Members currently signed up are...
Richard Laurie (Chairman), Marc Pacheco, Eric Thomas, BJ Silvia, Greg Vespe
Stars & Stripers Tournament
Ted Zack, Greg Vespe, Nick Pacheco, Craig Borden, Jay Leadsworth, Jay Vigeant
Season-Long AIST Fish Tournament
Nick Pacheco, Art Marshall, Craig Ruth, Harry Livingston, TJ Houde, Greg Vespe, Ryan Pimental.
SSG Potts Tournament
Ralph Craft, Nick Pacheco, Craig Borden Harry Livingston, Muldog, Kyle Pfantz, Mark Pachico, Jay Leadsworth, Ray Allard, BJ Silvia
The Aquidneck Island Striper Team is now an Official Member of the IGFA.
There are multiple benefits available to AIST members, the most important of which is the ability to post world records to the IGFA! Now, there's nothing holding you back from an official world record!
Please click on the logo below to go directly to the IGFA website.