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  • 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...

  • 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,...

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