Tm Meade, longtime outdoor and fishing writer for the Providence Journal, recently retired. I want to wish him a healthy and happy retirement, but most of all, I want to thank him for all he has done for carp fishing here in RI through his writing at the Journal.
Tom is one reason for the surge in carp fishing popularity here in RI. Tom frequently added a sentence or two about carp fishing in his weekly reports. In addition, he wrote many features about carp fishing here in RI which were quite educational for new carp fishermen. He would frequently e-mail me with questions or clarifications about various subjects related to carp fishing. The column I remember most was the one he did about the record 36 lb. carp that I caught and released here in RI. That story was picked up by various news agencies and websites all over the country. Tom even came carp fishing once with fellow CAG member Paul and me just to find out what it was all about.
Getting the true story out about carp fishing can be difficult. There are misconceptions about the fish and long held beliefs by some ill informed fishermen that this is a "trash"fish or an "invasive" species. It's a writer like Tom that got the real message out there about this exciting and untapped fishery. He contributed greatly to bringing carp fishing into the mainstream here in RI through his writing.
So, the RI CAG and carp fishermen all over the state thank you very much, Tom, for all you have done for us. Enjoy your retirement!