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  • The heat is on, so back to the grind
    Aug 18, 2018 8:00 am

    The heat is on, so back to the grind

    It is so hot that even the fish seem to be taking a bit of a break. With the foreign marlin fleet almost completely departed, the thought of trolling in air conditions is largely out of style and it is back to the old hot and sweaty...

  • ‘Lawyer’ drives even determined anglers insane
    Aug 11, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘Lawyer’ drives even determined anglers insane

    The doldrums have set in. This is the month where those oil-calm seas set in and the fish seem to turn off. For many, bent on trolling, the best strategy is to go in search of flotsam in the hope that it will harbour wahoo and...

  • The heat is on after marlin madness
    Aug 4, 2018 8:00 am

    The heat is on after marlin madness

    The bowling and batting are over, most of the bunting taken down and perhaps a return to normalcy is in the air. Cricket fever recently dispatched, and marlin madness worn off, perhaps normal angling can resume as the height of high summer...

  • Sea Toy has rare grand day out
    Jul 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Sea Toy has rare grand day out

    The Bermuda Marlin Triple Crown continues to run apace — and at what a pace! This week, in grouchier seas than generally preferred, the Bermuda Big Game Classic came to a conclusion, one that few would have predicted.

    Here’s how it broke...

  • Auspicious times for island’s fishing
    Jul 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Auspicious times for island’s fishing

    Is the ocean paved with marlin? That is how it has seemed for the last couple of weeks. Although these productive local waters were unable to come up with something for the Blue Marlin World Cup, the coincidentally fished Bermuda Billfish Blast...

  • No shortage of drama at this World Cup too
    Jul 7, 2018 8:00 am

    No shortage of drama at this World Cup too

    Southeasterly winds, rough seas and uncomfortable conditions. No surprise — typical weather for the start of this month’s billfish fest.

    For some reason, despite great conditions before and after, the onset of marlin madness seems...

  • Rather good fishing to be had at the moment
    Jun 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Rather good fishing to be had at the moment

    The solstice has come and gone and the summer is now a reality as is the excitement that comes with the height of the angling season.

    Although the major influx of foreign sport-fishing vessels will take place as soon as the berths in use...

  • Billfish action heating up summer
    Jun 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Billfish action heating up summer

    It is certainly hot enough to be summer, even if it doesn’t officially start until Thursday. Right now, there is another long weekend and one which may see the weather improving enough to make a venture offshore a realistic prospect. It won’t be...

  • As weather heats up, so does the fishing
    Jun 9, 2018 8:00 am

    As weather heats up, so does the fishing

    Early sunrises, long days, more intense heat and rising humidity — it is summer in Bermuda and the reason why most locals have boats. While some prefer the thrill of sailing and others work variations on cruising, camping and picnicking, the real...

  • Island’s unique geology has impact on our fish
    Jun 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Island’s unique geology has impact on our fish

    If one is in any doubt as to what time of year it is, a quick glance at the RBYC basin will reveal that there is an increasing number of foreign sport fishing boats coming to the island with big game on their minds.

    Even though the big...

  • Mega haul for Mega Bucks
    May 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Mega haul for Mega Bucks

    There, that’s the picnicking done and dusted. Maybe not on the traditional day, but a long weekend for most is always attractive. So, now is the time to restore the boat to the purpose for which it was purchased and, for many, that is to go...

  • A tournament that’s a reel team effort
    May 19, 2018 8:00 am

    A tournament that’s a reel team effort

    Another ideal fishing weekend ahead with near calm winds and no swell to speak of; fine small craft weather and a sign that the Bermuda summer is all but here. This augurs well for the Bermuda Fishing Clubs Annual Tournament, which will be held...

  • Patience a virtue on Mother’s Day
    May 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Patience a virtue on Mother’s Day

    Calm seas, light breezes, bright sunshine, but there won’t be much in the way of fishing this weekend; the good weather forecast notwithstanding.

    Mother’s Day has a way of shifting the normal onus off Mom on to everyone else and any notion...

  • Blue marlin can and will take any old bait
    May 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Blue marlin can and will take any old bait

    Funny how wintry conditions can suddenly disappear and summery weather becomes the norm. That is what is happening right now.

    Things are now settling down quite quickly; there are even high pressure ridges over the central Atlantic, a...

  • Quality can trump quantity in May
    Apr 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Quality can trump quantity in May

    The very merry month of May is upon us and there can be no doubt that fishing season is at hand. Why? Because all the old books and magazines, not to mention tourism brochures, said so, that’s why. And also because the family is going to want the...

  • To procrastinate is to miss out
    Apr 21, 2018 8:00 am

    To procrastinate is to miss out

    The weather through the week may not be doing too much to instil the thought of fishing in the heads of many but this should be ignored and attention paid to the calendar instead.

    Thus far there have been a few wahoo caught here and there;...

  • Plenty of early-season opportunities
    Apr 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Plenty of early-season opportunities

    Like a large, hairy mammal emerging from its hibernation, this column once again comes out to weather the spring and summer seasons. Having been in slumber there will be some catching up to do and a return to the clockwork.

    For some just...

  • Ready for an unpredictable winter
    Nov 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Ready for an unpredictable winter

    A welcome long weekend before the annual holiday madness sets in. And although the fishing has been quite good this past week, the offshore forecast is sufficiently grim to dissuade even the most diehard angler from braving the briny to wet a...

  • Trying to figure out November
    Nov 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Trying to figure out November

    There is something about November and angling that simply does not go together. Perhaps it is the belief, not totally grounded on misinformation, that there will be no fishing weather until the spring or it may be that people who fish in the...

  • One shot at a last hurrah
    Oct 28, 2017 8:00 am

    One shot at a last hurrah

    Face it! Much as you may not want to, summer is over and a lot of places in this world are turning their clocks back this weekend. This is not done to appease the ghosts and goblins of Hallowe’en but to try and cast a bit more light on the early...

  • Winter is coming, so strike now
    Oct 21, 2017 8:00 am

    Winter is coming, so strike now

    Winter is rattling her sabre now and it won’t be long before the sweaters and anoraks start appearing. Although the winds have been fairly moderate, the showers and generally poor conditions are doing plenty to restrict commercial fishermen to...

  • Last chance before wind sets in
    Oct 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Last chance before wind sets in

    Slowly but ever so surely, the angling season is coming to an end. It happens gradually and many a landlubber will fail to notice the telltale signs that autumn is short-lived and then the winter will be upon us. Days are often pleasant enough on...

  • Offshore about as good as it gets
    Oct 7, 2017 8:00 am

    Offshore about as good as it gets

    A surprising number of rather intrepid anglers braved the monsoons last Sunday to go and work the deep blue briny in search of wahoo and other game species.

    Given the conditions, it is hard to imagine where anyone could find even temporary...

  • Weather ensures late chance for good catch
    Sep 30, 2017 8:00 am

    Weather ensures late chance for good catch

    The seasons, they are a-changing and it is now officially autumn, The sun’s focal point on Planet Earth has again crossed the Equator and a winter lies ahead for the northern hemisphere just as they look forward to summer Down Under.

    The...

  • Time to look on the bright side
    Sep 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Time to look on the bright side

    Sea conditions have been less than clement the past few days and although the weather has been far more kindly to Bermuda than it has been to points south, the Atlantic is indeed a large pond and the ripples are translating into heavy swells.

  • Evans steals the show on Triple Play
    Sep 16, 2017 8:00 am

    Evans steals the show on Triple Play

    With much of the northern Atlantic whipped into turmoil by Irma and Jose, the seas in the immediate vicinity of Bermuda responded by carrying a heavy groundswell, but with conditions that were eminently fishable last weekend. Things have since...

  • Anyone can win in grand finale
    Sep 9, 2017 8:00 am

    Anyone can win in grand finale

    It’s finale time! The last major tournament of the season should go ahead tomorrow with the wahoo being the target of choice and, for many anglers, this will be their swansong before the boat is put into mothballs and moved to safety from...

  • Trollers finding wahoo as season winds down
    Sep 2, 2017 8:00 am

    Trollers finding wahoo as season winds down

    Into the final third of the year now, with probably a month of good fishing ahead before the onset of the winter weather pattern all but succeeds in keeping the weekenders home until next April or May.

    The predominantly easterly winds of...

  • Everyone a winner at Junior Tournament
    Aug 26, 2017 8:00 am

    Everyone a winner at Junior Tournament

    Finally! Things are looking up. The suspicion that this year might see the return of the frigate mackerel after several years’ absence may be coming true. Certainly there are some mackerel available offshore that, although not quite...

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