AN­GLERS BOOT­CAMP

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Look­ing to sharpen your fish­ing skills? An­glers Boot­camp: The Ba­sics of Salt­wa­ter Fish­ing might be just what you’re look­ing for. The on­line course is led by An­glers Jour­nal ed­i­tor-at-large John Brown­lee, the host of the suc­cess­ful An­glers Jour­nal TV show on Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel.

To sign up, visit boater­suni­ver­sity.com. En­roll­ment is $250. Use the code AJVIP to save $25. to fish with him off­shore a num­ber of times, ac­com­pa­nied by a mu­tual friend, Capt. Den­nis Sabo (Al’s col­lege room­mate). Both gentlemen were not only ac­com­plished skip­pers, but also ex­cel­lent teach­ers. As I cel­e­brate my 40th year of char­ter­ing, I am proud that some of us in the busi­ness were will­ing to share our knowl­edge with a new gen­er­a­tion of skip­pers.

Capt. Ron Mur­phy Stray Cat Hyan­nis Har­bor, Mas­sachusetts

Your trib­ute to my hus­band touched my heart and summed up his in­cred­i­bly full life and yours. We placed his ashes in the rip at the north end of Block Is­land, just as he had re­quested. Four of his mates were on board Capt. Char­lie Donilon’s Snappa and par­tic­i­pated in a mov­ing good­bye.

Daryl Anne An­der­son

I had the good for­tune of calling Al a friend over the past 50 years, though my first en­counter was not all that cor­dial. Tem­pers flared and words were ex­changed, but after I calmed down and bought Al a new wire/ um­brella rig, the foun­da­tion was laid for a friend­ship that in­cluded fish­ing the “Rip” with him and a group of my Con­necti­cut pals, catch­ing and tag­ging many bass.

Bill Sisson’s words about Al are spot on and do jus­tice to the kind of per­son and fish­er­man he will al­ways be re­mem­bered as. Al did not suf­fer fools, but if you held up to his stan­dard of judg­ment you were quite for­tu­nate. The last time I saw Al in all his glory was in the Thames River, where he was trolling mini um­brel­las and tag­ging bass.

I was run­ning a tug on the rail­road bridge re­place­ment project, and as he ap­proached my stern I yelled down to him some­thing about pay­ing at­ten­tion and watch­ing what he was do­ing. I got him good, be­cause un­til I told him it was me, I could see him start to go into Capt. Al mode. We had a great laugh, and it is a mem­ory I hold close.

You ei­ther liked him or you didn’t — and I think the feel­ing was mu­tual. Not only did I like Al, but I will never for­get his skills as a fish­er­man and a per­son.

Capt. Ed Everich Charlestown, Rhode Is­land

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