water moves us to go fishing


Photo courtesy Adam Xenides, Hoopers Island Expeditions
Adam Xenides
Hoopers Island Expeditions

Water has been moving Adam Xenides his whole life. Growing up in Narragansett, Rhode Island, he started fishing when he was 8 years old. With a degree in marine transportation, he’s been across the Atlantic Ocean nine times, sailed across the equator, been up and down the Mississippi River 30-40 times—fishing everywhere he goes. But Dorchester County is where he’s lived for the past 20-some years.

Now he’s on the water in his jon boat more than 200 days a year as the founder of Hoopers Island Expeditions, leading custom fishing, birding and photography trips. He specializes in fishing the “unexpected areas”—shallow waters in back creeks and marshes—with light tackle, bringing in rockfish, perch, trout, and more. “The best satisfaction for me comes from seeing the look of doubt from a client when we go into an area, and then the look of shock when they hook up with that fish, and wonder how the heck that fish would be here,” Adam says.

(Rockfish photo courtesy of Adam Xenides.)

my picks

Favorite place to fish:
Hoopers Island. It has the best access to water, wildlife, birding, hunting, and fishing.

Best way to spend the day in Dorchester:
Pack up a cooler with a big lunch, take a few fishing rods, head out onto the water, and spend the day around Hoopers Island exploring, fishing, and taking in the scenery.

Recommended off-the-beaten path experience:
I invite friends from different parts of the country to come to the National Outdoor Show, a great event held in February that highlights local culture and traditions, true authenticity, and all things outdoors—and wrap it up with a great meal at Old Salty’s Restaurant.

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