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  • A good way to spend the winter and your money
    Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am

    A good way to spend the winter and your money

    With blows like the ones we have had in the past few days, and the reports of even worse seafaring along the East Coast of the United States, local fishing scene has approached its absolute depths of any season.

    Only a very few commercial operators are venturing out at all, and with servicing their lobster gear their primary intentions.

    This has left most sportsmen dreaming of things to come and a few zealots have actually...

  • Little to do but wait this off-season
    Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Little to do but wait this off-season

    This may be the dead of winter in most northern places but it has always been a bit of a funny one for the Bermuda fishing scene.

    Happily, we are not subject to snow and ice, but there is definitely a winter here that affects plants and animals. Plants, especially the flowering ones, tend to be pretty obvious and most people are clearly aware of their patterns. Animals can be a little more subtle. As fish are very definitely animals...

  • Whelk I never, I thought I was eating conch
    Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Whelk I never, I thought I was eating conch

    The depth of winter would seem to describe the present situation quite admirably. Gales arrive from our northern neighbours and rain comes when the flow turns southerly bringing up moist warm air from areas that don’t normally experience anything resembling “winter”.

    All in all, there is really nothing to inspire the average weekender to make a run offshore. Just going to the effort of getting ready on the off chance that there will be...

  • Off-season fishing can be a success on occasion
    Jan 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Off-season fishing can be a success on occasion

    This is much more the way winter is supposed to be, windy, cool and rainy. While uncomfortable for some, this sequence of events is nature’s way of getting the marine world ready for another round of growth, development and the natural phenomena that make for the seasons as we know them.

    Heavy seas and big waves mean that the waters are being mixed, forcing nutrients up from the depths into the lit world where plankton can make use of...

  • Jan 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Finding an outlet for your endeavours

    It is winter in spite of the warmer than usual conditions. As such, this Island is prone to the passage of fronts that bring gale force winds and pretty much exclude offshore excursions.

    There can be absolutely gorgeous days that beckon fisherman out on the briny but, for the most part, these tend to be occasions when the spirited angler is hard at work in an office or elsewhere.

    If doing chores around the house, or working on the...

  • If you must fish then head to The Edge
    Jan 9, 2016 8:00 am

    If you must fish then head to The Edge

    It rather looks like there won’t be much fishing this weekend. Although it has taken a bit longer than usual to get into this “winter mode” there should be that sequence of a few days’ blow, then a dropping out of the breeze as the wind shifts to the north.

    There should then be a period of calm that will last anything up to about 36 hours before it starts to puff intermittently out of the east and gains strength as it moves around the...

  • Dec 28, 2015 8:00 am

    A year best forgotten by anglers and fishermen

    With the bulk of the holiday fuss behind us we now have the New Year to look forward to, and that will doubtless bring about a surfeit of revelry.

    However, before surging forth into that great unknown there needs to be a quick review of the year that has sped past.

    For many fishermen and anglers, it is a year best forgotten as it was noteworthy for being poor. At the start of 2015 many were saying that they looked forward to 2015...

  • Dec 12, 2015 8:00 am

    Monkey rockfish most delectable available

    If asked what season it is, there are some wags who would answer “Monsoon” rather than “Holiday or Festive”. Certainly the conditions this past week have been just that, rainy, blowy and not really conducive to much of anything that requires going out of doors. No doubt to many shop owner’s discontent.

    This weekend’s forecast is considerably more encouraging, although there will be many demands made on people’s time both in terms of...

  • Epic tale of extreme travel and tight lines
    Dec 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Epic tale of extreme travel and tight lines

    The year is counting down now and so are the days that will be available to most anglers willing to even consider heading offshore.

    The official arrival of Santa last weekend has put us all on notice that the festive season is upon us, and that boating is largely out of the picture for most family-oriented people.

    That aside, the rather mild and calm weather that has characterised the last week or so has indeed lured a few...

  • Local fisherman benefit from captive market
    Nov 28, 2015 8:00 am

    Local fisherman benefit from captive market

    For most of us, the angling year is over. While there is still a month remaining, try upping the incidence of gale-like weather, and including the demands made by the so-called “holiday” season, and most people will find themselves rushed off their feet.

    Not exactly the time for the casual wetting of a line, and certainly not the amount of time required to give the drop-off a good working over.

    Doubtless there will be a little...

  • Nov 20, 2015 8:00 am

    You don’t need fish for a successful trip

    Late as the calendar might say that it is, the forecast for this weekend is almost summer-like. Warm enough to make it pleasantly cool offshore with gentle breezes, and seas that invite the angler to get in one last excursion before the holiday madness and northerly gales put an end to most things piscatorial.

    However, while the conditions might be conducive, things remain dreadfully slow offshore, and the amount of effort recently...

  • Nov 14, 2015 8:00 am

    Locals seem uninterested in chasing world records

    Surprise, surprise! A mid-November tropical system was the last thing that was expected, especially in conjunction with a public holiday, but that is exactly what happened this past week, making the offshore scene grouchy, to say the least.

    Certainly, no amateurs even thought about fishing and more than a few professionals limited their efforts to tending their traps.

    The observation that Bermuda had fallen from grace in terms of...

  • Nov 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Sun is setting on Island’s fishing empire

    The glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome, the British Empire fading away; the same might be said of this Island. Once the North Atlantic Mecca for world records on light tackle, now there are only a few left held here and that has just dropped even further.

    Indeed the species in question is one in which locals firmly believed would always be here, so some will be even more saddened to learn that not only has a line class...

  • Oct 31, 2015 8:00 am

    There are few treats to be had at this time of year

    It looks like Bermuda has had whatever treats it is going to get this year, and the trick is to find enough in the way of fish over the next six months to justify even keeping a boat overboard.

    It is a bit of a conundrum that the official angling season in Bermuda was always marketed as May through November. Modern day fishers will be acutely aware that the end of October would be a far more realistic end date.

    In fact, there are...

  • Oct 24, 2015 8:00 am

    The trouble with paradise is that the fish leave

    There seems to be trouble in paradise. The fishing is exceedingly poor and there is precious little effort being put in.

    The weather is always the first thing to be blamed and this year is no different. The northerly breezes have dropped the temperature to 68ºF or so during the daytime, and that has sent landlubbers dashing for jackets and hoodies, signifying the end of summer and onset of winter.

    Although there are supposed to...

  • Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Blackfin tuna never stray too far from home

    The weekend forecast is almost good enough to make an angler want to head offshore, but the threat of an easterly breeze and the chance of thunder is off-putting enough and, if the truth to be told, there is little to encourage anyone to drop everything, fuel up the boat and head offshore.

    Reported catches have been small with a few tuna or the odd wahoo providing what action there has been. There was a report of a half-day charter...

  • Oct 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Put the boat away and concentrate on hogfish

    Anything remotely resembling a fishing report would have to consist totally of lies and other tall tales spun by fishermen who have been kept ashore by blustery conditions and the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin.

    Joaquin’s moved out into the North Atlantic, leaving behind stirred up, confused seas ensured that commercial fishermen took advantage of the first reasonable weather to go out; locate their lobster gear and count the cost or reap...

  • Oct 3, 2015 8:00 am

    Time and tide wait for no man

    Time does indeed march on and it seems that the next thing on the agenda is Hallowe’en. Having said that, it needn’t mean that the fishing has to come to an end just yet. There are a few weekends left before winter really arrives with authority and puts paid to all thoughts of marine excursions.

    At present the offshore scene is certainly a bit limited, especially for the weekender. Long range forecasts can allow the planning of a trip...

  • Sep 26, 2015 8:00 am

    It is still too early to call for the fat lady

    The first days of autumn indeed. The equinox may have come and gone but it seems more like high summer than anything else.

    There are so many who are reckoning that this past week has been the hottest of the year; with nary a puff of wind to ease the scorching. But, be that as it may, the calendar moves relentlessly onward and soon the cold fronts from more northern climes will be making their presence felt, and there will be those who...

  • Sep 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Singing September’s praises as wahoo run riot

    Oh, the wonders of September. A drop in humidity, slightly cooler mornings and breezes from the North and East — does this mean that summer is over?

    Well, probably; but nothing ever happens quite that quickly and, for the angler, this has long been argued to be the best time of the year for fishing.

    Now, given the relative disasters that the last couple of seasons have turned out to be, it wouldn’t take much to make a marked...

  • Mello’s catch a more than worthy winner
    Sep 12, 2015 8:00 am

    Mello’s catch a more than worthy winner

    For so many anglers the season came to an end on Sunday as the last major tournament of the year was fished.

    Despite rather lumpy conditions, partly the result of several days of stiff breezes from the east and a running sea, the tournament took place and, as is so often the case with choppy conditions, the fish turned on.

    The expected catch was wahoo as this is the time of the year when they are supposed to be most numerous...

  • Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am

    Junior anglers shine with their unlikely fish

    After a week of “iffy” weather,

    sunny skies on Sunday brought the crowd out for the Bermuda Anglers Club Front Street weigh-in for their Junior Angling Tournament.

    This was a great success with over 100 children attending the proceedings and exhibiting the green T-shirts given to each entrant. With plenty of prize categories, there was considerable excitement as a parade of often unlikely fish were taken to the weighmaster for...

  • Aug 22, 2015 8:00 am

    Some fabulous fishing to be had despite weather

    The rain and thunder has not been particularly encouraging for anglers although the forecast for the weekend is even less so. Maybe a positive of such activity is that it cools things off, hopefully reducing the likelihood of any tropical activity as Danny churns its way through the Atlantic.

    After last year, most boaters are a bit gun-shy of such storms and will be keeping a weather-eye out. This is well and good, but there can still...

  • Aug 15, 2015 8:00 am

    Still time for someone to catch a sea monster

    The Bermuda-Azores high pressure system is doing its thing and conditions are akin to those that cause the doldrums in the mid-Pacific.

    Sometimes it can get so calm and almost eerie that it is easy to see why Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner referred to “a painted ship upon a painted ocean”.

    This is typical of August when the fishing can be unpredictable and many look for signs of great things to...

  • Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Some good-natured competition awaits

    The hectic holiday weekend is over and things are returning to normal, despite the mid-week inclement weather.

    For many, it is back to work but at least the pressure is off for the weekend when anglers can again concentrate on their pastime. With the forecast for the next few days more encouraging, the United States v Bermuda Marlin Release Tournament should go off following an earlier postponement.

    There is still time to get...

  • Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am

    Plenty of sporting opportunities for non-cricket lovers

    Who would have thought it? After the forecast was made and the organisers saw the weather on Friday and Saturday, all wind and rain, it was decided to postpone the Bermuda v United States Release Challenge Tournament.

    Then, lo and behold, doesn’t Sunday turn out to be an absolutely gorgeous, eminently fishable day, which certainly came as a surprise to all concerned.

    To give the meteorologists their due, the weather that day was...

  • Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Little to separate top four in Triple Crown

    The long-awaited change in the weather and a break from the scorching days and humidity has finally arrived and although most householders welcomed a bit of rain, the generally inclement conditions did put sport fishing on hold for a bit, but not before the bulk of the month’s organised activity was said and done.

    The Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, the Island’s oldest at 42 years, provided an exciting weekend for the 260...

  • Tuna and wahoo back on the menu
    Jul 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Tuna and wahoo back on the menu

    High summer and the beat goes on. The marlin fleet continues to work the deep blue briny for that prized game fish that adorns so many walls, magazine covers and which figures so prominently in the literature and lore of big game fishing.

    With something like 25 marlin caught during the one-day World Cup event and the Bermuda Blast tournament the previous week seeing 51 billfish caught and released, hopes were high for the 39 boats...

  • Jul 11, 2015 8:00 am

    It’s not just fishing season, but marlin season

    Towering cumulous clouds, heat squalls, calm, hot days and bright blue skies all characterise high summer and peak fishing season.

    The high-tech fishing machines cutting snow white swaths through the channels and harbours all speak to this not being simply fishing season, but marlin season.

    The real start to what will inevitably become known as marlin week got off to a bumper start when a boat fishing off Cape Verde boated a...

  • Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am

    Don’t bet against a Bermuda World Cup winner

    Today is the day. Along with the 300-odd million Americans celebrating the anniversary of their independence, at least one crew will be celebrating winning the Blue Marlin World Cup. And that will be a party.

    With 120-plus boats entered in this worldwide event, and a substantial amount of money going to the sole winner there will be real competition in locating and catching a real trophy fish that betters the 500lb mark.

    This year...

  • Jun 27, 2015 8:00 am

    You don’t have to go far offshore for a big catch

    A dominant Bermuda — Azores high pressure system, the prevalence of huge, towering cumulus clouds against a bright blue sky, and moderate breezes from the west and southwest with the ever so occasional rain shower that seemingly comes out of nowhere and lasts for just a few minutes — does that describe high summer in Bermuda or what?

    It certainly describes ideal conditions for billfish and you should be in no doubt that the billfish...

  • Record-breaking opportunities await offshore
    Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am

    Record-breaking opportunities await offshore

    The family-oriented holidays are behind us now and the weather has suddenly taken on that summertime glow with hot, hazy days and mostly calm conditions. Forgiving the odd shower or too; which actually are part of the summer scenario, the offshore conditions are just about as optimal as they are going to get.

    The Marion-Bermuda sailboat race will keep much of the visiting billfish fleet at bay for a few more days but a bunch is expected...

  • Jun 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Size isn’t everything when it comes to boats

    Under bright sun, the Bacardi weigh station added some colour and interest to the Dockyard area as hundreds of tourists off the cruise ships docked there paraded by the proceedings.

    The largest fish in the tournament came off Capt Edward Barnes’s Class A boat, Hoodini, with Ronnie Stervinou catching a 65.4 pound wahoo, one of their four wahoo taken along Bermuda’s southwestern Edge.

    Wahoo were by far the dominant species brought...

  • Jun 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Size does matter, so chase yellowfin not blackfin

    Last Sunday saw the western channel remain undisturbed by the passage of a flotilla as the 40-odd boats set to take part in the Bacardi Tournament went into standby mode pending the “go-no go” decision which came late on Saturday afternoon, giving entrants a chance to make alternative plans as postponement seemed the inevitable outcome.

    There was little issue taken with this decision because although conditions were due to moderate,...

  • May 30, 2015 8:00 am

    To troll or chum that is the question

    Summer rapidly progresses and with the official rites behind us, the first of the season’s major angling events is upon us.

    The ever-popular Bacardi angling tournament is planned for tomorrow and there will be lots of people keeping an eye on the weather conditions.

    To fish or not to fish? This is always an angst-ridden decision.

    The difference between conditions that make for a pleasant day on the water for all boats,...

  • May 23, 2015 8:00 am

    A weekend for fishing to take a back seat

    Summer is unequivocally here — the inshore waters will be hectic as many will be taking their first dip overboard and the raft-ups approach awesome. Picnicking and boating is the name of the game this weekend and fishing tends to take a bit of a backseat as the holiday festivities and family responsibilities are dragged front and centre.

    As the excitement starts to subside, attention will again shift to the offshore which has continued...

  • May 16, 2015 8:00 am

    No rhyme nor reason behind spotty start to season

    Not quite what is expected at this time of the year. With the official start of summer barely a week away and the focus on boats and their servicing nearing peak, prepared anglers should be enjoying a burst of spring activity out on the briny before they are confined to the inshore for next weekend’s picnicking and paddling pleasure. Instead many are scratching their heads, wondering whether to make the run or not.

    Things have been...

  • May 9, 2015 8:00 am

    Stop dawdling and get ready for some action

    It is way too late to still be dawdling and waiting for the fishing to come to you. The boat will be required for May 24 sooner than you think and there is some good fishing to be had; so, get on with the programme!

    The commercial and charter fleet have been taking full advantage of what has to be the spring wahoo run. Catches of up to a dozen have been posted with some of the fish being substantially better than twenty-something pound...

  • May 2, 2015 8:00 am

    Get ready, the fishing season is finally upon us

    Put all thought of winter behind you. It is May and that means that fishing season is here whether you are ready for it or not.

    Not surprisingly, the commercial fleet was ready to take advantage of whatever might happen and so this week, despite some blustery conditions, a burst of wahoo activity had a number of boats working Bermuda’s Edge, primarily to the south and southwest where the Island provided some sheltering effect from the...

  • Apr 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Don’t wait too long or you may miss the boat

    Waiting for a gilt-edged invitation? Hopefully not or have you forgotten that spring comes early to Bermuda and summer is never far behind. Procrastinating and dawdling about waiting for inspiration to get the boat ready can really lead to missing the boat and there are signs that things might just be headed that way.

    Normally, a spring run of wahoo defines that period but it is not reliable. Sometimes it is so short-lived as to go...

  • Apr 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Whales are cavorting and the fish are running

    Everything is warming up nicely now, both on land and at sea. The winter gear is being consigned to the closet and brighter colours are appearing on the streets. Birds are nesting, flowers are blooming and the inshore waters have come to life with jacks approaching the “plentiful” description as they cruise between the islands in the sound, tormenting beds and knots of bait.

    The offshore is seeing the last of the whales cavort their way...

  • Apr 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Time to drop the hook and get chum into the water

    Now, let’s not all go racing out there at once. The weather is improving rapidly, the boredom has become unbearable and there are even fish willing to please, so has summer actually arrived? Well, no, not really.

    For a start, more than half of the Island’s keener anglers do not have their boats ready and are not in a position to take advantage of a smashing start to the season. For another, things are not so good as to cause mayhem...

  • Apr 4, 2015 8:00 am

    There is more than one reason to fly a kite

    Did you get your kite up yesterday? Enough Bermudians and a fair few residents hailing from far and wide all attempted to do so as part of the Good Friday celebrations. Although there was sufficient wind, varying degrees of success were had.

    It is funny to think of this local obsession with paper and string that has its roots in a teacher’s attempt to explain a Biblical event to youth. Perhaps even stranger is that the kite phenomenon...

  • Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am

    Light tackle tournament puts off turning 50 for another year

    Spring is definitely here and if you don’t believe it, despite the chilly mornings, just look at some of Nature’s more apparent signs. These are close to home and really do not require a trip offshore, although such a voyage seems to offer rewards of its own.

    Just this past week or so, a commercial fisherman netted a really large school of jacks off one of the islands in the Great Sound. A sure sign that the winter is giving way to...

  • Mar 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Warmer temperatures mean influx of fish

    Spring has sprung! The vernal equinox has occurred and we move toward summer, believe that or not! Despite the windy conditions that make the offshore anything but inviting, there are lots of positive signs.

    Sure, the weather may feel on the cool side although the sun is warming. Not only does it warm the individual up on an otherwise chilly day but it is continually pouring heat energy into the ocean in the form of solar insolation...

  • Mar 14, 2015 8:00 am

    Cracking weather, plentiful chum – no fish

    Well, there may be old wives’ tales that deals with March’s relationship to lions and lambs, but some of the days this past week have been absolutely ideal for offshore fishing; with one small caveat, the lack of fish.

    It just isn’t happening yet. Boats going out and doing the trolling thing are managing to catch a few wahoo and, although the average size is quite rewarding, the numbers have a good way to go to justify most weekenders’...

  • Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Advent of daylight saving time gives rise to the late show

    Summer is coming and probably quicker than most people think. It can be hard to believe but starting to get the boat and fishing gear ready for the season ahead is probably a timely activity.

    The move to daylight saving time this weekend brings about a few changes of its own. Nothing that really affects Mother Nature, but a few things that will alter how mortal men and women plan their lives. It will be dark until almost 8am, negating...

  • Battle to eradicate lionfish has already been lost
    Feb 28, 2015 8:00 am

    Battle to eradicate lionfish has already been lost

    Winter cannot last forever despite the fact that the weather of the last few weeks both here and elsewhere would suggest that global warming is a complete misnomer. Look on the bright side, February is all but over and now there is March to look forward to.

    And March can be good. There have been years when large numbers of jacks have roared into the inshore waters, bringing a taste of spring. This is a prime time to hunt for anchovies...

  • Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Blue marlin is Bermuda’s angling attraction

    It is safe to say that no sports angler did any fishing here this past week and the coming weekend doesn’t look promising either. A few of the commercial operators have managed to work their lobster gear but the offshore has simply been unworkable.

    With little to inspire shore-bound anglers and an increasing awareness that a growing portion of the angling public is composed of a younger generation, this is an ideal opportunity to...

  • Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am

    Catching bluefin tuna is easier said than done

    Winter, the way it should be. None of these calm, sunny warm days nonsense; the real old-fashioned sequence of a few hours of clam, followed by winds increasing to gale force, the passage of cold fronts and bands of chilly rain.

    Although these make life difficult for the fisherman and nigh on impossible for anglers to plan their weekends, the big shake-up probably enhances the water quality so that the plankton thrive and the food web...

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