Todd Corayer

Special to Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine

Old Town’s Predator PDL kayak will make you want to pedal out and fish

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Old Town’s Predator PDL Kayak

The 13’ Predator PDL kayak represents new thinking in the way kayakers sit, move and steer. The Element Seat is a game changer for paddlers who spend more than the occasional hour in their boat. It’s adjustable and any position puts you up high enough to see and be comfortable without feeling like you’re messing with the boats center of gravity. This extra height also affords better positioning for casting a fly rod as well.

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MirrOlure lures

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MirrOlure lures

Rattles, holograms, articulated bodies, rolling eyes, all these improve a lures ability to catch fish but conditions always change so your tackle bag needs to have solid options. For those days when the surface is just right or for when predictably effective soft baits come up empty, one of my favorite options is a MirrOlure Popa Dog 87MR Surface Walker.

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Steel Shad blade baits, bendable and dependable

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Steel Shad blade baits, bendable and dependable

Each year, fishing lure manufacturers entice us into more tackle purchases with their newest creations, designs and color patterns. Some are just variations on a theme but every so often, a company develops a real game changer, like the Steel Shad from the Steel Shad Fishing Company of East Dorset Vermont. This thin metal blade bait is a unique concept with a look unlike anything on the market and has proven to be a winner for targeting fresh and salt water fishes.

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Under Our Feet, Mushrooms Offer New Tastes For Ocean State Foragers

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Under Our Feet

We see them on our walks and commutes, growing under bushes, popping out of mulch or clinging to oak trees. Some species are more commonly found in shaded, damp woods while others will grow in rotting hay bales or near areas rich with cow manure. From the gorgeous whites of a lions mane to short stemmed bolets freckled orange and yellow to some out-of-this-world feather patterns on a peasant polypore, mushrooms thrive all around us but few understand how many are native to Rhode Island and more importantly for some, which are edible.

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Unicorns, Rainbows and a trip to The Preserve

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The Range at The Preserve

The Preserve has steadily built a solid reputation as the finest sporting community in the Northeast if not the country and for not missing any details so these two days naturally include a Continental breakfast and lunch. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; to be enrolled in this class, you need to have completed your NRA Basic Pistol Course. They also recommend participants bring a hundred rounds of ammunition with a 9mm or higher caliber handgun and eye and ear protection. You will learn more by visiting their website or any of their social media sites or by visiting the range and their Sporting Shoppe at 87 Kingstown Road in Richmond.

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Freshwater bite is hot, pogies & people hit the beaches

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Worden Pond in South Kingstown. Big, shallow and daunting.

Spring is getting busy on the lakes, rivers and rock walls. In the mist of all the rain and wind, Spring is for fishing and between the hot largemouth bite, emerging salt ponds stripers and shad trees ready to pop, a few more warm days and this state will be awash in fish stories.

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