Sep 23, 2017 8:00 am
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.
Sep 16, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Sep 9, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Sep 2, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 26, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 19, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 12, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 5, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jul 29, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jul 22, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jul 1, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jun 17, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jun 10, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jun 3, 2017 8:00 am
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...
May 27, 2017 8:00 am
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,...
May 20, 2017 8:00 am
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,...
May 13, 2017 8:00 am
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...
May 6, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Apr 29, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Apr 22, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Apr 15, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Apr 8, 2017 8:00 am
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.
Apr 1, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Mar 18, 2017 8:00 am
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,...
Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 25, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 18, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 11, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 4, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 28, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 21, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 7, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Dec 31, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 3, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am
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
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...
Oct 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am
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...
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