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  • Bumper weekend of action remains in balance
    Sep 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Bumper weekend of action remains in balance

    Fingers crossed, the weather will hold for the 53rd Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament, one of the island’s oldest and best attended angling tournaments.

    One of the few public tournaments to still feature line classes and to put an emphasis on...

  • Mixed bags typical this time of year
    Aug 31, 2019 8:00 am

    Mixed bags typical this time of year

    Where has the year gone! This is the last weekend that features a summer holiday and many will be making a last-ditch attempt to head offshore, enjoy a boating picnic or simply soak up some sunshine before life returns to the humdrum world of...

  • Calm sea brings array of different catches
    Aug 24, 2019 8:00 am

    Calm sea brings array of different catches

    The calm seas have dragged out plenty of anglers who would normally shun the heat that August brings

    Happily, for most, there have been some rewards as the wahoo fishing is showing plenty of signs of picking up which augurs well for the...

  • Conditions keeping ‘green water’ at bay
    Aug 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Conditions keeping ‘green water’ at bay

    The passage of some frontal boundaries this past week made for a bit of a mixing of the deep ocean waters and this, hopefully, will prevent the formation of that so-called “green water” that the offshore angler does his best to avoid.

    The...

  • New strategies needed as ‘doldrums’ set in
    Aug 10, 2019 8:00 am

    New strategies needed as ‘doldrums’ set in

    The doldrums are upon us! Not just the flat calm seas that are rolling on a long, lazy swell ­— these are described as “doldrums”, but also the lacklustre interest shown by most anglers with many shunning the heat and preferring to seek the...

  • Marlin Challenge caps off Billfish events
    Jul 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Marlin Challenge caps off Billfish events

    Almost done, now! All the big billfish tournaments are in the past and only the Bermuda Blue Marlin Release Challenge is to come.

    A tournament designed to attract lower-key participants, this is a single-day tournament and is based solely...

  • World Cup caps a memorable week of action
    Jul 6, 2019 8:00 am

    World Cup caps a memorable week of action

    Wow, what a week! And where to begin!

    First off, the biggest story has to be the Blue Marlin World Cup; with something like 150 boats entered around the world and the big bucks at stake for a winner-take-all event, the competition was...

  • Tournaments are approaching thick and fast
    Jun 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Tournaments are approaching thick and fast

    High summer and it is moving at a pace with July nearly upon us! It is well into the fishing season now and the tournaments are coming fast and furious.

    May and June are the month for the most traditional fishing with wahoo and tuna the...

  • Light Tackle Tournament curse strikes again
    Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Light Tackle Tournament curse strikes again

    Like it or not, it is summer. That came into fact yesterday at 12.54pm local time.

    That is the time that the astronomers reckon the focus of the sun’s rays came as far north as it is going to. Not that it has anything much to do with the...

  • Chance to get out to sea over holiday period
    Jun 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Chance to get out to sea over holiday period

    This has the potential for an interesting weekend. First off, it is a long holiday weekend in what Bermudians take to be their summer. Secondly, there is the Father’s Day celebration.

    How many fathers might prefer to head offshore for some...

  • Improved conditions for Bacardi Tournament
    Jun 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Improved conditions for Bacardi Tournament

    Waking to lightning, thunder, torrential rain and gusty winds last Sunday meant that postponing last weekend’s Bacardi Tournament turned out to be a wise move. The tournament will now be held this Sunday in far more conducive...

  • Jun 1, 2019 8:00 am

    A return to the good old days on the banks

    Time, tide and fish wait for no man and the short season that is the summer offers few opportunities.

    Short, because it goes by so quickly and there are so many other diversions that few weekend warriors can get in the amount of fighting...

  • Time to get serious about fishing
    May 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Time to get serious about fishing

    Now is the time to get down to some seriously fishing. Yesterday was for picnicking, swimming and soaking up the sun. Consign all that to the history books and get offshore where there has been some very encouraging signs over the last couple of...

  • May 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Tuna the incentive if you can get out to sea

    Time for the ol’ sea dogs to do what they do best; and that is; slip in a weekend of fishing between Mother’s Day which kept many land-bound even though the weather was somewhat less than encouraging (a bit of sour grapes, maybe?) and the 24th...

  • Changes afoot across sport fishing
    May 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Changes afoot across sport fishing

    Steady breezes and a building sea were enough to force a postponement of the 2019 BFCAT tournament last Sunday. The alternate is not this weekend which, if it had been, would have caused all kinds of upheaval, it being Mother’s Day.

  • Sport fishing soon to be swinging into gear
    May 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Sport fishing soon to be swinging into gear

    What a glorious week this has been! All tied up with work on land while the ocean beckons with near-flat calm seas and sunny skies — very poor planning.

    One should have known better because by all indications spring came early this year...

  • Hardy souls rewarded through winter
    Apr 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Hardy souls rewarded through winter

    We’re back! And how did you spend your free time this winter? Visiting the gym, watching football, NFL, binge watching, house chores? Bet it wasn’t fishing and that is probably what you should have been doing.

    For one, the weather was not...

  • So long, ye diehards, until the 2019 season is upon us
    Nov 10, 2018 8:00 am

    So long, ye diehards, until the 2019 season is upon us

    And herewith endeth the season; for most, at least, with the tropical season finally winding down and the water temperature dropping below the threshold at which such systems can strengthen.

    Although hurricanes and tropical storms will no...

  • Out of the frying pan, into the fire for one unlucky yellowfin
    Nov 3, 2018 8:00 am

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire for one unlucky yellowfin

    With most of the year now a matter of history, the penultimate month of 2018 will be angling’s last stand before the winter sets in and other avocations take priority. If the weather holds, there may be opportunities for forays off on to the...

  • Wound Up defies odds to return decent haul in sketchy conditions
    Oct 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Wound Up defies odds to return decent haul in sketchy conditions

    Trick or treat! It is that time of year again when the blue briny surrounding this island is worked over by anglers in all sorts of guises trying to rout out the best of the treats and to avoid the pitfalls of the blanks or slim pickings that are...

  • Change of season, yes, but yellowfins still have scope to please
    Oct 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Change of season, yes, but yellowfins still have scope to please

    The weather this past week has been classic change-of-seasons weather. The passage of the first of many cold fronts dropped the humidity, brought rain and lowered the temperatures. In short, soon winter.

    On the plus side of things,...

  • Florence threat has effect of scattering those most likely
    Sep 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Florence threat has effect of scattering those most likely

    Where have all the anglers gone? It seems that they have just about all given up on the present season and turned to other things. The thought that Florence might visit did lead to a lot of boats being hauled out of the water and it is reasonable...

  • Autumn has arrived but don’t tell the fish just yet
    Sep 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Autumn has arrived but don’t tell the fish just yet

    Boom, it is autumn and slowly but surely, the weather is on the change. Cold fronts have started to blow on through, bringing a bit of thunder and lightning, and showers that were certainly well needed by most tanks and gardens. Does this mean...

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