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...
May 21, 2016 8:00 am
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
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
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...
Apr 30, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 23, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 16, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 9, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Mar 26, 2016 8:00 am
March is very nearly a thing of the past and the weather is showing signs of turning from winter, if not into summer, certainly spring.
Coming with this is, finally, some improved offshore action. Effort is still way off but with the...
Mar 19, 2016 8:00 am
There are some signs of life offshore, even though there is still very little effort going into working the deep blue.
With next week a short one for most people with the one holiday that actually discourages fishing occurring on Friday,...
Mar 12, 2016 8:00 am
Some gorgeous spring days are slipping into the otherwise inclement weather that dominates this time of the year.
Although these occasions are eminently fishable, most weekenders are simply not prepared or are in the process of getting...
Mar 5, 2016 8:00 am
The year progresses onward and with it the seasons. While for the most part March has entered like a lamb, there are indications that in fact it might just be a snoring lion with some roaring soon to come. We shall see.
On the occasional...
Feb 27, 2016 8:00 am
Despite some calm days this past week, the fishing effort has been pretty limited. Lobster gear seems to be the number one priority and a few boats have put in some time drifting for bottom fish.
The handful of wahoo and tuna that have...
Feb 20, 2016 8:00 am
As must be clear to even the least observant landlubber there has been no sports fishing during this last little bit.
Even the commercial effort is down about as low as it ever goes and with little encouraging information coming ashore,...
Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am
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...
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