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  • Apr 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Get out on the Edge for that early bite before Good Friday

    By Pickled Onion

    Longer days, bright sunshine and warmer weather should have put the wintry malaise into the past and angling should become a priority as time flies by and the year inexorably progresses. Although we try to do so, it is hard to define the fishing year on a calendar and the best cues come from the conditions and results posted by offshore expeditions.

    As might be expected, the wahoo action seems to be picking...

  • Apr 5, 2014 8:00 am

    Record chasers may be best served looking for blue marlin

    Put aside the cobwebs of winter and grab the season’s angling by the horns, as it were. Although it is, arguably, early dates yet, the month will rapidly fleet past and it will be May, when there is no disagreement that it is fishing season. By then, it is also likely that some of the best opportunities will have become things of the past.

    While it has been a bit of a guessing game up to now, with the lobster season now past, the...

  • Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am

    Now that lobster season is out of the way, we can have some fun

    Believe it or not, now is the time to plan your summer! April is upon us and, with the spring festivities just a couple of weeks away, the next thing you know, people will be expecting you to have the boat ready for May 24.

    This may sound strange, given March’s leonine growlings of the past few days, but rest assured that the season is progressing at an advanced rate and that the fishing is, in fact, ahead of the calendar date.


  • Keeping up with your prey can be best way to maximise spring run
    Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am

    Keeping up with your prey can be best way to maximise spring run

    It is officially spring and there has been some fairly decent trolling, even though there has been very little effort expended in that pursuit. As mentioned, a very limited number of anglers have taken advantage of the surprisingly good weather and sea conditions of the past few weeks, while the commercial fishermen have been making every last-ditch effort to maximise the benefit of their traps as the end of the spiny lobster season is now...

  • Mar 15, 2014 8:00 am

    Worst-kept secret is out as the blue marlin reveals its true colours

    “Beware the Ides of March!” Shakespeare wrote those words in his play, Julius Caesar, but they can certainly be applied to the local fishing scene at present.

    Getting a good view of what is happening is getting difficult because the commercial operators who provide the majority of the intelligence for the entire fishing fraternity are somewhere betwixt and between as they try to wring some profit out of the spiny lobster fishery and...

  • Mar 8, 2014 8:00 am

    World-record catches in Bermuda may be a thing of the past

    Time marches on and, with the clocks changing this weekend, the warm weather that seems to have stayed with us will really give us a taste of summer and the fishing surely cannot be too far off the season’s commencement.

    Despite limited effort, the catches offshore have consisted of welcome mixed bags of tuna, wahoo and dolphin. Bluefin tuna continue to make their presence felt, although most of the part-timers out looking for a bit of...

  • Mar 1, 2014 8:00 am

    Sea of change as weather warms up

    It is a bit of a change but, why not? A bit of a blustery start to the month; should mean that things quiet down and that nature will change the Island from wintry pall to summer splendour.

    There will be storms and rain but they won’t last; just watch the flowers as they start to put out buds and come into bloom.

    The same sort of changes occur in the sea as well: expect the humpback whales to be offshore any day now and for the...

  • Feb 22, 2014 8:00 am

    Porgy’s value on dinner table not to be underestimated

    It has been a good long time since anyone has seen a February such as this one and, now that March is nearly upon us, the thoughts of lions and lambs must be occurring. Certainly there have been numerous opportunities to get offshore, even though experience has probably convinced most that there has to be a gale or two in the very near future. So far, though, things have held and warm, sunny days with light winds have been the...

  • Feb 15, 2014 8:00 am

    To bait or not to bait – stock up on chobies now for rewards later

    It is time for a reality check! Although it is February and despite the wintry weather of the past few days, it has not really been cold and the warmer temperatures and the increasing solar insolation are contributing to the continuing upwards movement of the sea temperature.

    An early spring, at least, marine-wise, is pretty much on the cards and it will do well to be prepared for developments that will take place sooner than usual. For...

  • Feb 8, 2014 8:00 am

    Case to be made for unveiling heavy gear – even in February

    Confused or what? Here it is, February — normally the month of our winter’s discontent, marked by rainy skies, gales, hail and the thought that global warming has given way to nuclear winter — acting completely out of character.

    Anoraks, woolly sweaters, fur hats and boots have all had to stay in the closet as spring and almost summer-like conditions have persisted, with daily highs in the seventies. Almost every day has proved to be...

  • Feb 1, 2014 8:00 am

    Feeling hot, hot, hot. Be warned – the season may soon be upon us

    It may be a lot later than you think. Something that has gone unnoticed by many casual observers of nature is the considerably warmer than normal temperatures that the Island has been experiencing. There have been daily highs this past week that are just short of record-breaking and, if you think back, it has not been cold for most of the month that is now behind us.

    Apart from the fashionistas, who have had to leave some of their...

  • Jan 25, 2014 8:00 am

    There are rewards to be had for making it offshore

    After an unlikely but positively springlike interlude, Nature reverted to her normal self and the howling winds, grey skies and cooler temperatures have prevailed this past week.

    A bit of rough weather is actually welcome, as it aids the offshore mixing process, which, in turn, gives stimulus to the various chemical and biological processes that make for a productive ocean. Less than obvious around this Island, it still plays an...

  • Jan 11, 2014 8:00 pm

    Bream are not to be frowned upon in these desperate times

    It is no understatement to say that the present weather is not conducive to any fishing. The commercial operators may make an effort to get to their lobster traps and the very odd one may take advantage of a singularly good day to see if there are any wahoo or tuna willing to bite, but, for the most part, this, and the next few weeks, is the lowest point of the fishing year in Bermuda.

    So just what does happen at this time of the year?...

  • Dec 28, 2013 8:00 am

    Soares monster catch salvages dismal 2013 — just

    With the major December celebrations behind us now, things will start to return to normal, although the onset of yet another new year will give all pause for reflection on what is to come.

    Perhaps even more important is to look back on the year that was while it is still fresh enough to callow a reasonable level of recall. Give it another few months and the events of this past summer, or a summer two years gone, seem to be pretty much...

  • Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am

    East End could be catching zone before Christmas shutdown

    It is not worth even thinking about. The chances of you — or anyone else, for that matter — making it offshore this weekend are being quoted at somewhere between slim and none. What the weather will not prevent, the annual holiday festivities will. Not that there is a whole lot of incentive at the moment.

    Trollers have found a few wahoo, but they have been pretty much of a disappointment. Normally, the off-season wahoo tend to be fish...

  • Dec 14, 2013 8:00 am

    Quick drag is a better bet than hours bottom-bouncing

    The weather has very little effect on whether or not there is any angling this weekend, or next for that matter! This is when social responsibilities take over and the holiday season spawns plenty of those.

    Not to mention the winter weather pattern, which, while a nuisance most of the time, is really quite reliable. Give it a day or two to blow, then the wind will swing around and drop out; go north and calm, then slowly make its way...

  • Dec 7, 2013 1:48 am

    It’s red hind or bust for those with grouper on the mind

    This is the time of year when fishing gets to be a real challenge. And it is not about the usual: weather, fish abundance, selection of strategy, place to go. Nothing so exotic! The weather may co-operate on occasion but that will not be the real source of the problem.

    More than just a few have had to strip off angling paraphernalia in favour of holiday lights, fat Santas, snowmen, a host of elves and other things quite unimaginable in...

  • Nov 30, 2013 1:09 am

    Feeding frenzy takes precedence in the off-season

    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

    Avoiding distractions is key to catching wahoo

    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

    Sports angling moving into hibernation

    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

    Lobsters the best bet for commercial fishermen

    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

    Wahoo still around in quantity but not quality

    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

    Mother Nature flexing her muscles

    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

    Already signs summer’s long over

    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

    Frigate mackerel arrival ‘too little, too late?

    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

    Yellowfins make welcome appearance

    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

    Time to pack up the reels and rods . . .

    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

    DeSilva’s Treasure Island strikes gold

    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

    Tournament ready to go — weather permitting

    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.

  • Sep 6, 2013 3:51 pm

    Wahoo Tournament is the season’s swansong

    Okay, this is your last chance for the year. The last chance to win a fishing tournament, catch a wahoo, get featured in the newspaper or maybe even for you to just to go fishing.

  • Aug 30, 2013 1:07 pm

    Fishing is almost over for another season

    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

    Taking a break in the hazy days of summer

    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

    Weather’s hot . . . but the fishing’s cool

    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

    Coneys and barbers can keep anglers busy

    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

    Sea Horse tourney caps the billfish bonanza

    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

    Classic angler weighs in 856-lb whopper marlin

    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 week’s 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 in Blue Marlin World Cup

    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, let’s start at the very beginning.

  • Jun 28, 2013 8:00 am

    Take full advantage of the fishing frenzy

    The merry month of June is all but a thing of the past and the angling schedule moves on. High summer is upon us!

  • Jun 22, 2013 8:00 am

    Light Tackle Tournament in full flow

    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.

  • Some good catches there for the taking
    Jun 15, 2013 8:00 am

    Some good catches there for the taking

    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

    White and blue marlins making an appearance

    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

    Benevides claims honours at Sandys Boat Club tourney

    June! Summer! Fishing season! Just a few weeks before the schools let out and the beaches become the Island’s 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

    Summer’s here ... let the action begin

    So, here it is, summer. Long awaited and now having taken a life unto itself. The holiday’s 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

    Be ready to take advantage of what nature offers

    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

    May means it is now officially fishing season

    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

    The first tournament just a week away

    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

    Herons in bays and inlets a good sign

    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.


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