Nov 30, 2013 1:09 am
Not much fishing this past week, huh? Not that there was a whole lot of encouragement for anyone.
Observers of Nature will have noticed the sudden reversion to the winter weather pattern. Cold, wet, windy days, sporadically punctuated by calm, sunny days reminiscent of spring or even summer are the hallmark of the “off-season”. About the best you can do is to predict the day that will be “good” and to be ready to take advantage of it;...
Nov 23, 2013 8:00 am
Not exactly fishing weather but a bit of planning and some daring-do can make for at least a brief trip offshore.
Trolling is the norm with a wahoo or two the intended target. Once succeeding, the smart move is to head for home. An alternative is some chumming along the edge but that is going to be hit and miss, especially as the tides are totally unreliable at this time of the year. Just think what the passage of a tropical storm to...
Nov 16, 2013 12:01 am
To say that Old Man Winter has just moved in and taken up residence would not receive much in the way of argument from most people.
Gale, blustery weather and a drop in temperature translates into winter here in Bermuda, regardless of what the calendar may say — the solstice is still over a month away!
Even though the Island is officially sub-tropical and is supposed to experience the seasons, most of us reckon on just two —...
Nov 9, 2013 8:00 am
The drop in temperature and the rainy and bluster of the last week or so has gone a long way to knocking any ideas of fishing out of most peoples’ heads. What is it about the Rugby Classic that seems to hail the onset of winter?
Quite apart form the obvious change in style and a sudden abundance of rain suits and heavy jackets, the focus, certainly of residents, is away from the beach and the boat.
This shift is even apparent in...
Nov 2, 2013 8:00 am
Perhaps too little, too late? Despite the inclement and very wet weather of the last week or so, a few brave souls have ventured offshore and did not return empty-handed. A couple of respectable hauls have been made, at least by commercial boats.
These have consisted of wahoo and although the quality of the fish was not what one might expect for this time of the year, there was some compensation in numbers with eights and nines figuring...
Oct 26, 2013 8:00 am
It would be a brave soul contemplating a fishing trip this weekend. Mother Nature is starting to flex her muscle and there are plenty of signs that the summer is over and that winter mode will set in.
It can happen rather suddenly and considering the cold weather that has affected much of North America and Europe, it is to be expected. Say ‘goodbye’ to the long hours of sunshine and warm weather; what nature doesn’t change, the...
Oct 19, 2013 8:00 am
The rain and easterly winds that have been the hallmark of the last week or so should be telling you something. Winter is upon us. Forget autumn — the trees don’t change colour here and there aren’t delightful crisp sunny days — go to Maine or Nova Scotia for those. That it is late in the year should be apparent to most people as they rise to go to work in the morning. With the sun not rising until after 7am, the darkness usually means that the...
Oct 12, 2013 8:00 am
Might it be a case of ‘too little, too late’? It still is not clear how extensive it is or what the numbers are like but there are now at least some frigate mackerel on Challenger Bank. They were found late last week and since then have been the driving force for many just to make the trip to the bank to try their luck.
Oct 5, 2013 8:00 am
It is now October and as all old-timers will know, the adage “October, all over” refers to the end of the hurricane season — at least for Bermuda.
Truth to tell, while tropical activity still has more than a month ahead of it, the water around here usually cools off enough to take strength from a tropical system rather than enhancing it.
Sep 28, 2013 8:00 am
Done and dusted! There you have it, and that has been the season’s competitive fishing for another year. All the weights and results have been consigned to the record books and to other forms of history while the telling of tall tales will continue on indefinitely.
Officially, there still remain a very few intra-club tournaments, some of which may never take place as interest wanes and the weather takes on more of that wintry image.
Sep 21, 2013 8:00 am
What can one say? Is it possible that the perfect tournament does not exist? The tournament organisers can pick a day that is ideal in terms of calmness and sunshine. That day comes at what should be the height of the season for the selected species. The weigh-in crew can be willing to work cheerfully in thunder, lightning and drizzle. Some live baits might even make themselves available but the one thing that the organisers cannot organise is...
Sep 14, 2013 12:01 am
Okay, here we go. It is now time to fish the season’s final tournament bar a few private club events.
Apart from the organisation of the competitive season, after about mid- September, the weather settles fairly quickly into its winter pattern that makes a planned excursion offshore unlikely, particularly if you are restricted to weekends as most sports anglers are.
Aug 30, 2013 1:07 pm
By Pickled Onion
Here we are at the last holiday weekend of the summer. All flown by too quickly with the brunt of hurricane season yet to come followed by winter’s chill.
For most anglers this is the swansong. The next couple of weekends and then put the boat into mothballs for yet another season. A good reason to take an expedition offshore, because it might well be next year before you get a chance to do it again.
Aug 17, 2013 8:00 am
Much like the anglers themselves, the fish seem to take a break when the heat is on. And mid-August is that time of the year.
Even though the weather has been good enough to allow boats to venture offshore, the pickings have been mighty slim and this has served to discourage some anglers from making even the most basic fishing trip.
Aug 9, 2013 10:26 pm
It’s doldrums time and while this isn’t normally associated with fast fishing action, we should be counting our blessings as the tropical season progresses uneventfully. Calm seas and sunny days make for the perfect type of thing that tourism brochures extol and sun worshippers long for. Maybe not what the angler has in mind, but nonetheless a good thing overall.
Aug 2, 2013 10:54 pm
This is a great weekend! It is, doubtless, the epitome of summer in Bermuda. It seems to be the one occasion where a festive mood prevails and everyone has some social avocation with which to be involved. And now that the big game is over, the barbecues and picnics done, the recovery process has started for some and there is still a day or so that can be directed toward piscatorial pursuits.
Jul 27, 2013 8:07 am
Lots of people gauge the passage of a year by the occurrences of several events; sort of like: Good Friday, May 24th, Cup Match, Halloween, Christmas and New Year. And those who subscribe to this way of thinking will be quick to tell you that, after next weekend, we will be into the downswing or the twilight of the year. Goodbye, 2013, as it were.
Jul 13, 2013 8:00 am
It is said that a week in politics is a long time. No one probably thought about applying that to the angling scene but it is certainly applicable at the present time.
Last weeks Bermuda Billfish Blast was a hugely successful tournament with some 68 marlin caught by the 36 teams that participated. Not only was this a great release result but one of the fish that was taken on the 4th July also proved to be the World Cup winner.
Jul 6, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda wins! Again — for the eighth time, not to mention back to back with the 2012 winner also being caught here! The competition: the international Blue Marlin World Cup. That, in a nutshell, is the headline but there is a lot more to the story as the drama unfolded. So, lets start at the very beginning.
Jun 22, 2013 8:00 am
The second of the summer holidays has come and gone even though the official start to summer was yesterday when the sun had reached its northernmost at the Tropic of Cancer (23.44 Nº latitude). This is properly known as the summer solstice, a term which originates from the Latin that translates to the sun standing still or stopping.
Jun 15, 2013 8:00 am
Time to get out there! It is pretty much high summer now and the fishing is not far off its best. Endless procrastination will get us to that time of the year where it is too hot for most species of fish and it is really only the marlin and the demented anglers that go out in the noon day sun.
Jun 8, 2013 8:03 am
Bright blue skies, calm seas and light southerly breezes: the Bermuda — Azores high pressure system must be making for Bermuda-full days and plenty of heat.
This is the time of year that anglers await but unfortunately it does coincide with the so-called tropical season and there has already been a named storm in the Gulf of Mexico that got Florida back into the hurricane mode.
Jun 1, 2013 8:07 am
June! Summer! Fishing season! Just a few weeks before the schools let out and the beaches become the Islands playground. Anyone hoping to catch a bonefish off the beach shallows had better get on with it before the commotion drives them out into deeper water or you have to move in the early dawn to get there before the masses arrive.
May 23, 2013 8:00 am
So, here it is, summer. Long awaited and now having taken a life unto itself. The holidays festivities now behind us were apparently enjoyed by all; plenty of barbecues, watermelons and snowballs now magically appearing on a scene that saw winter parkas and boots a scant few weeks ago. It is clearly time for the beach, dinghy racing and all the other water sports, most expressly fishing; or more properly, angling.
May 18, 2013 8:00 am
Nature says that it is summer. The flowers are in bloom, the farmers have crops in the field and, contrary to some opinions, there are some fish to be caught offshore. The weather has finally decided to moderate and the sun is certainly hot enough to make the use of sunscreen mandatory for most skins. The winds are much more predictable and, everything taken together, an picture of an idyllic oceanic paradise is painted.
May 4, 2013 8:00 am
Say what you will: it is now, for want of a better word with all politically correctness set aside, fishing season. This means that the weekenders and those with the luxury of being able to head out at will can now plan to wage a campaign on the game fish that call Bermuda home.
Apr 27, 2013 8:00 am
Despite a bit of bluster here and there, the predominant summer weather pattern is going to great lengths to establish itself and it won’t be too much longer before the Bermuda-Azores high becomes a source of humidity and heat to the American East Coast. Here it will mean an almost endless, or so it seems, supply of Bermudaful days.
Apr 20, 2013 8:24 am
The weather is starting to cooperate and there are some signs that the fish are as well. Observers of nature will have noted herons standing on the edge of bays and inlets and this is a sure sign that there is bait around and that means that mackerel and jacks cannot be far away. Another sign that summer is nigh upon us. Time to get the gear ready and the boat into proper working order as yet another angling season is commencing.
Apr 13, 2013 8:00 am
Okay, so now you are running out of excuses. The weather has done a complete turnaround over the last couple of weeks and the days are nice and warm, replete with clear skies and calm seas. Isnt that the formula for a journey to the deep blue briny?
Apr 6, 2013 7:35 am
There are those of us who are beginning to think that angling has become a thing of the past. Winter is expected to be the down time for most but this year has even seen the commercial operators finding fairly desperate conditions for any sort of offshore activity. With the lobster season over until the autumn, fishing for finfish becomes the basis of their livelihoods and it isnt easy when the weather wont cooperate.
Mar 30, 2013 8:00 am
Here we are, a holiday weekend and one that is probably not going to be too fishing friendly, so dont plan on an excursion. Instead, there will be family social events that preclude trips down to the boat much less taking the boat anywhere. You will have to wait until the next public holiday to have that wish endorsed and, in any case, you had better have the boat ready by then anyway.
Mar 9, 2013 8:00 am
March has certainly spent most of this last week in its leonine mode with plenty of wind howling and growling. With any luck, it may roar itself out and start settling down to more user-friendly conditions. We dont want it totally dropping out all of a sudden because we will want sufficient breeze to keep our kites aloft come Good Friday.
Mar 2, 2013 7:00 am
Well, whether or not you believe it, it is now March and that is a month that goes by ever so quickly, at least from a fishing perspective. While it might seem that the traditional May start to the season is many weeks’ away, it really is later than you may think. And just why might this be so?
Feb 23, 2013 8:00 am
Last weekend was certainly not one for those who are restricted to that time of the week to even consider venturing off the moorings. While the optimists will expound upon the necessity of such heavy weather to ensure proper mixing which, in turn, is the foundation of a healthy planktonic population, everyone else just hunkers down and hopes for an early spring.
Jan 26, 2013 8:00 am
Time marches on and soon the first month of the year will be consigned to history. Funny to think that it seems like only yesterday, we were ringing in a new year with all the festivities that normally accompany such events. A lack of interest, inclement weather and a lack of reports of fishing success have kept most of the recreational fleet at home and it certainly doesnt look like the next few weeks are going to see much change.
Jan 19, 2013 8:00 am
It is doubtful that the thought of angling has even crossed your mind in the last week or so. Although it is now well into our winter, there have still been some beautiful warm, sunny days with calm seas and fishable conditions.
Jan 12, 2013 7:55 am
It is that time of the year: when the mere thought of fishing is so far removed as not to matter one iota. This is the time when watching fishing on television comes into its own with the National Geographic Channels series Wicked Tuna starting its new season on Sunday night.
Jan 5, 2013 10:23 am
And so time marches on and we enter the quietest time of the angling year. The cooler waters offshore are no encouragement to the tropical species that we concentrate our effort on and it is not as if we are in a hurry to take on the chilly winds and weak sunshine that dominate most of our day.
Dec 28, 2012 8:00 am
Here we are on the cusp of a New Year, yet again! It is hard to believe that another long-awaited angling season replete with a full slate of tournaments, both local and international, is finished.
It all seems to have flown by — a bit like the eerie flat calm that comes when a winter gale suddenly almost magically vanishes, leaving you wondering what all the commotion was.
Dec 22, 2012 8:00 am
So much for the hype! Apparently, yesterday, the 21st of December 2012 was not the end of our world.
The prognostications and doomsayers were quite convinced that it would come to pass and some interpreters even had the renowned Nostradamus predicting our extinction. I guess that the timing may have been off for us; and probably by a good deal.
Dec 8, 2012 8:00 am
As the carol goes, fast away the old year passes so does the fishing for this year. With just enough inclement weather on the weekends and plenty of diverse onshore distractions to keep the anglers home, there has not been much in the way of wet lines this past week or so.
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