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  • Anglers begin to get spring in their step
    Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Anglers begin to get spring in their step

    Spring has indeed sprung; this year it came a mite early on March 20th rather than the more customary 21st. At least that is how most people remember the dates of the solstices and equinoxes. In actuality, this occurrence can vary over a couple...

  • Still a guessing game on local waters
    Mar 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Still a guessing game on local waters

    Which season is it? Winter one day, then summery the next; it is that on again, off again time of year when no one is too sure what is going to happen next. Not to worry, though; it happens just about every year and soon it will truly be spring,...

  • Early-morning darkness no problem
    Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Early-morning darkness no problem

    The earth continues to revolve around the sun constantly, making its way towards its rendezvous with the next equinox which will herald spring. Not so long now and maybe, just maybe, the worst of the winter has slid by. There are probably a few...

  • Boat noise and wake help feed the trollers
    Feb 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Boat noise and wake help feed the trollers

    With all the communications available in this day and age, you really would think a little effort would go into accuracy. Certainly there was no difficulty or delay in spreading the word to the faithful. Let’s see how this scenario played...

  • Time to push the boat out is creeping up
    Feb 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Time to push the boat out is creeping up

    With the sort of weather that has dominated the local scene this past few days and for those immediately ahead, it is hard to conceive of anyone leaving dry land and venturing on to a very unwelcoming briny deep sea.

    It is one thing for the...

  • Changes show how many bend the rules
    Feb 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Changes show how many bend the rules

    Winter isn’t over but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The spring equinox is a little over a month away and with it will come warming and, hopefully, more fish. Even now, it is obvious that the days are getting longer and that has to be...

  • Plenty of opportunities for a decent catch
    Feb 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Plenty of opportunities for a decent catch

    Well, it’s not like there is a lot of fishing going on at the present. Most of the commercial fleet is trying to get the most out of their lobster trap allotments with just over eight weeks left to go.

    It has been a mild winter and this is...

  • Water is always warm for local fish
    Jan 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Water is always warm for local fish

    Beware of harbingers of spring. Despite what some might think, humpback whales can get lost as easily as humans can and while they will eventually find their way to where they should be, it is probably not a wise move to set a clock or even...

  • The difference between trawling and trolling
    Jan 21, 2017 8:00 am

    The difference between trawling and trolling

    OK, it was an outstanding catch and one well deserved by someone who has persevered in offshore fishing here for most of his life. A bluefin tuna is not something that is caught everyday in Bermuda, even though they have always been known to...

  • Not much of a winter wonderland
    Jan 7, 2017 8:00 am

    Not much of a winter wonderland

    New year, new resolutions, new plans ­— but pretty much the same old fishing. Unfortunate as it may seem, there have been no major developments in the offshore scene, but that might not be the worst thing as there is a bit of action to be...

  • A time to reflect – and look forward
    Dec 31, 2016 8:00 am

    A time to reflect – and look forward

    Another summer gone by, fleetingly, it would seem. As this column comes out weekly, it often comes as a surprise how quickly the angling scene goes from being virtually non-existent to suddenly heating up, then the thrill of the billfish...

  • Every colour tells a story in ocean
    Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Every colour tells a story in ocean

    It’s all about colour! When decking the halls for Christmas, the predominant colours are red and green.

    There are reasons for this, notably that the green came from the trees that were evergreen and why, during the winter, pagans and later...

  • Commercial fishermen are an intrepid bunch
    Dec 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Commercial fishermen are an intrepid bunch

    It’s December and yet winter really has yet to take a bite of this part of the world. Not a complaint but an observation.

    We are overdue a winter gale with howling winds that lasts for three days and is punctuated by hard downpours just...

  • Fishing at this time of year? Are you crazy!
    Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Fishing at this time of year? Are you crazy!

    Well, it is that time of the year again! The spring is but a distant memory, the summer flew by and now it is back to wintry kit, miserable riding on motorbikes and the expectation that, at any moment, the weather will turn mightily nasty and we...

  • No tiptoeing around reality that the season is over
    Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am

    No tiptoeing around reality that the season is over

    Even after a week punctuated by gusty breezes, falling temperatures and rain, it is the hurricanes and tropical systems that grab all the headlines. But if the truth were to be told, it is the seemingly endless procession of winter gales and cold...

  • Red snappers have become dominant catch
    Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Red snappers have become dominant catch

    Now that the clocks have gone back, the shift in the air towards that wintry feeling is ever so noticeable. So is the change in the way the weather flows. Less of the southern, warmer influence and more of the northern and western progression of...

  • Slim pickings begs question of value for money
    Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Slim pickings begs question of value for money

    It goes that just when one thing sorts itself out, something else goes wrong. Put the tropical systems, onset of winter gales, passages of lows and fronts behind us and what do you have? Admirable fishing conditions, one would like to say, but...

  • Bumper hauls often found near flotsam
    Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Bumper hauls often found near flotsam

    Finally, some more seasonable weather. The seemingly endless heat has broken, perhaps due in part to the passage of tropical systems but no doubt a sign of the onset of the frigid season for our neighbours to the north.

    While this makes it...

  • It is a question of guile over strength
    Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am

    It is a question of guile over strength

    The weather is having difficulties making the usual seasonal transition from summer to winter. After all, there really isn’t autumn here — it cools off and becomes the sort of summer most people dream about.

    Then, boom, in comes winter as...

  • Oct 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermuda takes time out after shellacking

    To paraphrase Henry Ford, “old adages are bunk”. While most have some basis in fact, all too often they become outdated, or at the very least, provide inaccurate representations of life in the real world.

    In any case, there are those who...

  • Only the diehards will head out to sea
    Oct 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Only the diehards will head out to sea

    A rather grim outlook for the next week or so, with all this weather making the news. Given that, the commercial fleet will be looking to make sure that their lobster gear is safe and this will further reduce the priority of seeking fin...

  • Green water keeping the true pelagics at bay
    Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Green water keeping the true pelagics at bay

    Boy, did Bermuda dodge a bullet. Any number of dire predictions and vivid memories of the likes of Hurricane Emily, Fay and Gonzalo had people rushing around like bulls in a china shop, laying in emergency supplies.

    Thankfully, the storm...

  • A weekend for making sure your boat is locked up tight
    Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am

    A weekend for making sure your boat is locked up tight

    Tropical Storm Karl has put a damper on any plans anyone had for getting out onto the water this weekend, no that there has not been a whole lot of fishing effort this past week or so.

    If the weather had been a bit more settled there is no...

  • No reason not to go out and get your line wet
    Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am

    No reason not to go out and get your line wet

    September continues and the fishing effort has taken a severe dip for a couple of reasons, one of which should be quite obvious.

    This refers to the commercial operators, most of whom are now shifting their focus away from finfish and...

  • Being in the right place at the right time
    Aug 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Being in the right place at the right time

    Ah, this is the way it should be. Finally, August is acting like it should with the hot days and calm seas being reminiscent of the scenes in Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    The burst of mixing brought on by...

  • Yellowtail provide a fulfilling day on water
    Aug 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Yellowtail provide a fulfilling day on water

    Summer at its Bermuda best! Last Sunday saw perfect conditions for the Billfish Release Challenge.

    This tournament already wisely postponed once was an enormous success with eight boats enjoying a great day on the water. A total of around...

  • Plenty of fish out there to float your boat
    Aug 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Plenty of fish out there to float your boat

    No sooner is reference made to the normally calm August conditions than the winds start to blow. Any comments about tropical systems are to be strongly discouraged, for sure. No sense upsetting Mother Nature!

    In any event, last week’s Blue...

  • If you fancy a workout tackle a tiger
    Aug 6, 2016 8:00 am

    If you fancy a workout tackle a tiger

    The excitement of tournaments and Cup Match has now subsided; it is hot, people are laid-back, schools remain closed, beaches are busy and many locals are off-island on vacation. Although this makes for a somewhat exceptional month, there is no...

  • Resident experts more than hold their own
    Jul 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Resident experts more than hold their own

    A common definition of “expert” is someone from another town. It is not uncommon to look down on anything home-grown and to look up to something from away.

    Certainly, when it comes to big game fishing, Bermuda need not resort to that.

  • Plenty of action if cricket is not for you
    Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Plenty of action if cricket is not for you

    What a spectacular billfish tournament the Bermuda Big Game Classic was! Well expected to be a good event as it has been for years now, there was really no indication or precedent for this year’s record-shattering performance.

    Whether it...

  • The ideal time to chase that monster catch
    Jul 16, 2016 8:00 am

    The ideal time to chase that monster catch

    High summer and it’s hot, flat, and humid with the air just hanging there, and while this forces most people into air-conditioning or under a fan on shore, better offshore billfishing conditions probably don’t exist.

    Things don’t even get...

  • Plenty of action out there for all concerned
    Jul 9, 2016 8:00 am

    Plenty of action out there for all concerned

    High summer, so let the games begin! Or at least the mayhem that marlin madness brings to the month of July.

    In Bermuda almost all the serious local fleet and any number of visiting overseas boats compete in a number of tournaments that...

  • Ingham sweeps board at Regiment tournament
    Jul 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Ingham sweeps board at Regiment tournament

    In case you have not noticed the summer is flying by, schools are out, the humidity is up there and the fishing is certainly the best that it has been for some years now. It is high time to take advantage of it while you can.

    Even if you...

  • Foreign fleet gamble on island’s reputation
    Jun 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Foreign fleet gamble on island’s reputation

    Oh, happy days. After having been conspicuous by their absence the yellowfin tuna have chosen to arrive just in time for the celebration of the 50th Bermuda Anglers Club International Light Tackle Tournament.

    This year’s landmark event sees...

  • Weekend warriors seeking their fortunes
    Jun 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Weekend warriors seeking their fortunes

    The season runs on, despite a bit of weather earlier this week that put a temporary end to proceedings. The return to more seasonable conditions again has the commercial fleet and the weekend warriors putting to sea in search of their...

  • Wahoo dominate proceedings at Bacardi event
    Jun 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Wahoo dominate proceedings at Bacardi event

    Competitors could not have asked for a better day when the Bacardi Rum Tournament went off on schedule last Sunday.

    There was a light slightly easterly breeze, a moderate ground swell and plenty of sunshine. The swell was put down to the...

  • Scratching tournament a smart move
    May 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Scratching tournament a smart move

    The prospects are not good. The fish are indeed out there, but the weather has not really been conducive to offshore activity and, for most weekenders, this one is going to be spent getting ready for the great start to summer on...

  • May 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Plenty of action to be had with season well under way

    Be warned, the 24th is not all that far away and the emphasis will be on picnicking rather than fishing and you may miss out!

    The angling season is well and truly under way and, thankfully, it is looking a whole lot better than last year.

  • May 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Conditions mean no two days are the same

    As the song goes, “What a diff’rence a day makes.” Nothing could be more applicable to the overall fishing scenario at present.

    As an example, Captain Alan Card’s Challenger enjoyed a great day, catching 22 wahoo, followed the next day with...

  • Wahoo proving predictably unpredictable
    Apr 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Wahoo proving predictably unpredictable

    There can be no denying it. No matter how you view the fishing season there is no doubt that it is happening now. It is the starting time to go fishing unless you want to risk missing out on the year.

    Time flies and fish move on, so you...

  • Dolphin strike heralds blue marlin’s arrival
    Apr 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Dolphin strike heralds blue marlin’s arrival

    May starts next week and despite the somewhat blustery weather the offshore scene has moved into spring and summer mode. It is time to go fishing, weather permitting.

    Although the calendar says springtime, the fish that have shown up on the...

  • Going fishing does not make you a fisherman
    Apr 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Going fishing does not make you a fisherman

    Oh, it is all starting to happen now. The commercial fleet has made the transition from lobster to fin fish and even the charter industry is starting to get a bit of work, so the results are starting to stack up.

    This means that the...

  • Missed out? Don’t say we didn’t warn you
    Apr 9, 2016 8:00 am

    Missed out? Don’t say we didn’t warn you

    Well, you were told. Every year the procrastinators leave everything to the last minute, with the worst of these waiting for the family to get on their case just before May 24.

    The upshot of this is that most of the amateurs miss out on the...

  • Surprises waiting beneath the waves
    Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Surprises waiting beneath the waves

    Okay, time to get serious. Lobster season is over, the traps all stowed away until September and the entire fleet is now looking to the blue water for a summer’s worth of profit, sport or a combination of the two.

    The weather earlier in the...

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