Teezer Fishing

Eric Thomas

Newport, RI 02840



Eric Thomas started fishing with his father when their family moved from California with the Navy back in the mid 70’s. At that time the striped bass population was in decline and so they focused on fishing the local freshwater ponds around their home in Portsmouth RI. Eric made the switch to saltwater fishing when he started working at the Saltwater Edge of Newport in the mid 90’s. Eric was the sole employee and ran the day to day operation of shop while the owner was busy guiding clients to the resurgent striped bass populations. Eric was lucky enough to be the “test client” for the new charter captain to join the Saltwater Edge team. That guide was Dave Cornell. This is where he began to learn to guide himself. He was also very fortunate to have learned fly fishing and fly tying from some of the pioneers in the RI fly fishing community such as Bill Peabody, creator of the Rhody Flatwing, Ray Smith, legendary cliff fisherman, Kenny Abrahams, and many others. Eric got his captains license 15 years ago and has been guiding clients to countless striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bonito, black sea bass, fluke and other species. He specializes in light tackle and fly fishing tactics. You can find Eric in the white water in his customized boat behind the famous mansions of Newport RI. During every charter fishing trip, Eric bring his background in public education to teach his clients the whys and hows of his fishing styles. Recently he has begun to speak publicly at fishing clubs and boat shows. He is currently a member of the Shimano, G.Loomis, PowerPro, Old Harbor Outfitters, Owner Hooks, and Pt Jude lures pro staff. Please visit his website and blog at www.teezer77.com.

  For more information on joining our Pro Staff please email Matt Igoe at migoe@oldharboroutfitters.com