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  • Atargatis a match for Pound for Pound
    Aug 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Atargatis a match for Pound for Pound

    Things were a mite blustery offshore this week, even though this month is often associated with flat calm seas and a dearth of activity as the heat malaise sets in, affecting both anglers and fish. Many boats often turn to looking for bits of...

  • The heat is on for Billfish Challenge
    Aug 12, 2017 8:00 am

    The heat is on for Billfish Challenge

    It’s August and it is hot! This has a number of effects on the fishing scene, with much of the effect being on the anglers, many of whom simply refuse to brave the heat and a possible dose of sunstroke.

    An antidote for this might be to...

  • Bad weather may be good for fishing
    Aug 5, 2017 8:00 am

    Bad weather may be good for fishing

    Wow, with Cup Match now over, it is just about time to start looking forward to pumpkins and Hallowe’en. The rate at which a year can zip by is amazing.

    The weather took a turn for the worse over the holiday with the remnants of some...

  • Fa La Me takes Bermuda Triple Crown prize
    Jul 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Fa La Me takes Bermuda Triple Crown prize

    With the end of the month now firmly in sight, it will soon be time to bid farewell to the foreign sport fishing fleet that has endured a torrid month of some of the best billfishing the planet has to offer. With it there will be a return to the...

  • Legasea takes spoils in Big Game Classic
    Jul 22, 2017 8:00 am

    Legasea takes spoils in Big Game Classic

    It’s hard to keep pace with rapidly moving targets and there is no doubt that the summer billfish scene moves with plenty of pace.

    A quick blue marlin release for Captain Brian Hines’ Legasea in the early afternoon of the Saturday moved the...

  • Anything can happen in Big Game Classic
    Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Anything can happen in Big Game Classic

    The name of the game is billfish and, really, blue marlin as they are the life and soul of these big money competitions. Perhaps surprisingly, the “little” fish in the form of white marlin, spearfish and sailfish can make a difference as each...

  • Surprise was in store at Blue Marlin World Cup
    Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Surprise was in store at Blue Marlin World Cup

    Who would have thought it? The 2017 Blue Marlin World Cup turned up a really interesting result; one that very few would have foreseen.

    As it turned out, there were 144 entries from just about everywhere blue marlin may roam. Boats, seeking...

  • Bermuda has a genuine chance to win this cup
    Jul 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Bermuda has a genuine chance to win this cup

    It’s July and time to fish! With the America’s Cup finally drawing to a close, the visiting fleet will be giving up a spectator sport and switching its concentration on to the deep blue that surrounds this island.

    While seemingly countless...

  • Now is the time to beware the birds
    Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Now is the time to beware the birds

    It is a simply gorgeous Bermudaful day, ideal for a spot of fishing. The seas are calm, the breezes are light; it is all so inviting.

    You arrive at the southeastern corner of Challenger Bank having trolled most of the length of the inside...

  • The heat is on for chumming
    Jun 17, 2017 8:00 am

    The heat is on for chumming

    Hot enough for you, yet? To be sure, the humidity is getting up there and while, thankfully, there has been some rain, there are more dry days ahead. In the wee hours of Wednesday, the summer solstice will occur and that will be the longest day...

  • Wahoo take back seat with yellowfin arrival
    Jun 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Wahoo take back seat with yellowfin arrival

    All good things come to those who wait — and local anglers have waited long enough! It is fair to say that the fishing season is now in full swing.

    This week the wahoo definitely took a back seat to the arrival, in numbers, of yellowfin...

  • Fishing closest thing to roulette on the island
    Jun 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Fishing closest thing to roulette on the island

    Whoever thought that gambling was restricted to Las Vegas or Monaco had better think again. Right now, the fishing around this fair isle is pretty much the same as wandering into a casino. It may not be chips that are at stake but there certainly...

  • Wahoo take centre stage at Bacardi tournament
    May 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Wahoo take centre stage at Bacardi tournament

    Despite what the astronomical calendar says, for Bermudians, it is already summer. That brings with it the usual seasonal pastimes like beaching, boating, barbecuing and fishing. What is different this year is the backdrop of the America’s Cup,...

  • Billfish on centre stage on glorious weekend
    May 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Billfish on centre stage on glorious weekend

    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,...

  • Slowly but surely, things are getting better
    May 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Slowly but surely, things are getting better

    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...

  • Sharks mess around with Weekender’s Dilemma
    May 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Sharks mess around with Weekender’s Dilemma

    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...

  • Small not beautiful when it comes to fish
    Apr 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Small not beautiful when it comes to fish

    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...

  • In Bermuda, we’re close to the bonefish
    Apr 22, 2017 8:00 am

    In Bermuda, we’re close to the bonefish

    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...

  • Highlighting the fishier side of the moon
    Apr 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Highlighting the fishier side of the moon

    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...

  • Clock ticks ever closer to springtime wahoo run
    Apr 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Clock ticks ever closer to springtime wahoo run

    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.

    In...

  • Whale of a time to be had while waiting for the season
    Apr 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Whale of a time to be had while waiting for the season

    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...

  • Anglers begin to get spring in their step
    Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Anglers begin to get spring in their step

    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...

  • Still a guessing game on local waters
    Mar 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Still a guessing game on local waters

    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,...

  • Early-morning darkness no problem
    Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Early-morning darkness no problem

    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...

  • Boat noise and wake help feed the trollers
    Feb 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Boat noise and wake help feed the trollers

    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...

  • Time to push the boat out is creeping up
    Feb 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Time to push the boat out is creeping up

    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...

  • Changes show how many bend the rules
    Feb 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Changes show how many bend the rules

    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...

  • Plenty of opportunities for a decent catch
    Feb 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Plenty of opportunities for a decent catch

    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...

  • Water is always warm for local fish
    Jan 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Water is always warm for local fish

    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...

  • The difference between trawling and trolling
    Jan 21, 2017 8:00 am

    The difference between trawling and trolling

    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...

  • Not much of a winter wonderland
    Jan 7, 2017 8:00 am

    Not much of a winter wonderland

    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...

  • A time to reflect – and look forward
    Dec 31, 2016 8:00 am

    A time to reflect – and look forward

    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...

  • Every colour tells a story in ocean
    Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Every colour tells a story in ocean

    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...

  • 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...

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