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  • Fishing to take back seat as winter looms
    Nov 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Fishing to take back seat as winter looms

    It is almost over. Again. One would have to be oblivious to the decorations in the shops and on the streets that not just the fishing season, but the year is drawing to a close.

    The passage of cold fronts, lowered temperatures and drearier...

  • Winter is coming as summer draws to a close
    Nov 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Winter is coming as summer draws to a close

    Time is running out unless you want to spend the next four or five months watching the weather and hoping for the odd, very odd, weekend that will not only be fishable, but will have the fish in a co-operative mood.

    Winter fishing is very...

  • Seize the day before Hallowe’en puts the frighteners on
    Oct 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Seize the day before Hallowe’en puts the frighteners on

    If the proliferation of witches, ghosts and pumpkins hasn’t given it away yet, then you may just start to come to the realisation that the angling season is slowly, but very surely, coming to an end.

    Although back in the olden days when the...

  • Wahoo tournament certainly worth the wait
    Oct 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Wahoo tournament certainly worth the wait

    Finally! They say that all good things come to those who wait but this year’s Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament kept a lot of people waiting for a very long time – five weeks to be precise.

    Everything came right in the end, though. Sunday was...

  • Weather has not been fishermen’s friend
    Oct 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Weather has not been fishermen’s friend

    Another weekend beckons and the question in every angler’s mind is whether or not the weather will allow for fishing.

    Certainly, the last few have not and it is getting rather late in the year to even be considering an offshore...

  • Tuna haul makes up for lack of Wahoo action
    Oct 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Tuna haul makes up for lack of Wahoo action

    Last Sunday sure wasn’t a day for wahoo fishing; especially not in a small boat!

    Conditions saw the Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament postponed yet again with a small craft warning keeping much of the fleet at home.

    Leaving that aside,...

  • Tropical season testing the patience
    Sep 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Tropical season testing the patience

    Enough already! The active Atlantic has already pretty well exhausted this island and its willingness to batten down hatches, add hurricane lines, shift moorings and otherwise ready oneself for what is called “the tropical season”.

    Perhaps...

  • Wahoo tournament postponed due to ‘marine mayhem’
    Sep 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Wahoo tournament postponed due to ‘marine mayhem’

    Decision made! It won’t be this weekend, that’s for sure. The RG Wahoo Tournament that is.

    A firm decision taken by the organisers in a most timely manner. Not that there will be too many who will be complaining.

    The amount of...

  • 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...

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