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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Less equals more for successful wahoo tournament
    Sep 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Less equals more for successful wahoo tournament

    It was with some trepidation that the organisers awaited the dawn on Sunday. Florence fears were abounding, and many boat owners had decided to be proactive and to remove their various craft from the water, concluding this year’s boating season.

  • Winds of change but wahoo tournament to go ahead
    Sep 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Winds of change but wahoo tournament to go ahead

    What is it with the weather and tournaments? It can be fine, calm and sunny for weeks on end and then a major tournament comes along and the island finds itself the target of its first taste of some undesirable, seasonal tropical weather...

  • There’s something fishy going on by the smell of it
    Sep 1, 2018 8:00 am

    There’s something fishy going on by the smell of it

    Have you noticed anything? The calm weather and blisteringly warm days have had a profound effect on the inshore waters although most people drive by such phenomenon day after day without even realising it; certainly not seeing...

  • Wise fishing heads on young shoulders
    Aug 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Wise fishing heads on young shoulders

    The sun was bright, the clouds puffy and, all in all, it was a Bermudaful day as the island’s juniors gave what was probably a first course in the fishes of Bermuda at the Flagpole as they presented their catches in the Bermuda Anglers Club...

  • 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...

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