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  • 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...

  • Stop procrastinating and start planning
    Mar 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Stop procrastinating and start planning

    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...

  • Charter boats making most of slim pickings
    Mar 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Charter boats making most of slim pickings

    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

    Weekenders preparing for ‘official’ start

    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...

  • Tuna’s presence a sign of good times ahead
    Mar 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Tuna’s presence a sign of good times ahead

    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...

  • The visitors that sometimes pass us by
    Feb 27, 2016 8:00 am

    The visitors that sometimes pass us by

    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...

  • It is not just the winter weather that is to blame
    Feb 20, 2016 8:00 am

    It is not just the winter weather that is to blame

    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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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