May 20, 2017 8:00 am
This looks to be a glorious weekend. The proverbial “Bermudaful” days with bright sunshine, calm seas and azure water attracting attention from the burgeoning number of people that the island is drawing together.
While it is the sail craft,...
May 13, 2017 8:00 am
Finally, there has been a bit of an upturn on the offshore scene. Not the greatest or the most exciting but a huge improvement on previous outcomes.
A burst of unspring-like weather earlier in the week kept the fleet home but as the sea...
May 6, 2017 8:00 am
It’s time to play that game again! Weekender’s Dilemma swings into its full glory, pitting the amateurs who really only have one day a week to work with against the vagaries of Mother Nature.
The reason for this conundrum is that the...
Apr 29, 2017 8:00 am
What is going on out there? Here it is; right on the very cusp of the recognised angling season and it isn’t as if the commercial fleet was landing dozens of wahoo or yellowfin tuna. Right now it is quite the opposite, unfortunately. Not really...
Apr 22, 2017 8:00 am
Whether the fish know it or not, the angling season is just over a week away.
Traditionally heralded as commencing on May 1st, there is no longer the extravaganza that was the Opening Day Tournament. Later known as the Louis Mowbray...
Apr 15, 2017 8:00 am
So, what has the moon got to do with it? Well, it seems to have a lot to do with a lot of things. The Romans believed that the moon caused various forms of insanity; hence the term lunatic, which means moonstruck.
Farmers have often relied...
Apr 8, 2017 8:00 am
The clock is ticking; certainly according to the America’s Cup timepiece on Front Street. Quite apart from having to have the boat ready for the festivities that will entail, the spring run of wahoo could trigger off at any time now.
Apr 1, 2017 8:00 am
Today may be a celebration of fools but there is no fooling that the spring migration of humpback whales is well under way. There are a number of whale-watching operations enjoying success on pretty much a daily basis and there have even been...
Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Mar 18, 2017 8:00 am
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,...
Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 25, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 18, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 11, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 4, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 28, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 21, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 7, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Dec 31, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 3, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am
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
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...
Oct 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 19, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 13, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 6, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 30, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jul 16, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 9, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 2, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 25, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 11, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 4, 2016 8:00 am
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...
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