David Pickering is a freelance writer, photographer and lecturer who specializes in saltwater surf fishing for striped bass and other species of saltwater fish along with freshwater fishing. He has been an active member of the New England Outdoor Writers’ Association (NEOWA) since 1981. His photos and magazine articles have captured dozens of awards from the NEOWA including Best New England Magazine Article in 1995. He has written over 300 feature articles on saltwater fishing and has had thousands of photos published on the subject as well as numerous catalog covers. His work has appeared in such publications as the Fisherman magazines (New England, Mid Atlantic, New Jersey/Delaware and Florida Editions), On the Water, Saltwater Sportsman, Fishbelly.com, Northeast Woods and Waters, Massachusetts Wildlife, North American Carp Angler and Doc Muller’s Surf Annuals. He is a former “Insider” for On the Water magazine and he still frequently writes for that magazine. In addition, Pickering has contributed to three books: Secrets of Surf Fishing at Night, Fishing New England, A Rhode Island Shore Guide, and New England Stripers. Pickering also runs and maintains two very popular fishing websites, www.ricarpfishing.blogspot.com and www.ristripedbass.blogspot.com that have seen close to a million hits. Besides writing and photography work, Pickering conducts digital slide shows and lectures throughout southern New England about fishing in freshwater and saltwater.
Pickering’s specialty is fishing in the surf for striped bass as well as other inshore species such as bluefish, hickory shad, scup, fluke, false albacore, bonito and white perch. Surf fishing has been a lifetime hobby and passion. Pickering is regarded as Rhode Island’s most prolific striper surf fisherman having landed over 55,000 stripers in his fishing career. He also fishes from a boat as well as a kayak. Much of his fishing is done with plugs, rigs and lures that he builds and designs himself, major themes in his writing and fishing shows. Pickering also spends a considerable amount of time fishing freshwater for such species as largemouth bass and trout. He is also considered an expert at carp fishing here in New England. He is the RI state chairman of the Carp Anglers Group, a national organization of carp fishermen, and holds several state records for carp and has won at least two national carp tournaments in recent years. He has landed carp over 40 lbs. here in New England, and has landed the largest freshwater fish ever caught in RI, a carp of 36 lbs.
Pickering is a retired elementary teacher who taught in the Wrentham, MA, Public Schools. He holds a B.A. degree (cum laude) in liberal arts and an M.A. degree in elementary education from RI College. In addition, Pickering works as a ski instructor at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter, RI, during the winter months, and he is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He currently resides in Lincoln, RI, with his wife, Gail, and his four sons, Matt, Chris, Ben and Jon.