Where is everyone? Let’s Get You – The Royal Gazette
Created: May 14, 2022 07:20
Predatory sharks continue to prove an obstacle to the navigation of a fully intact wahoo
So where is everyone? It’s not like the fishing and boating season hasn’t started yet. Granted, the commercial fleet has plied its trade with some success and a few weekends have made an appearance offshore, but overall there just isn’t a whole lot of effort being put into it.
It may not be “May 24” anymore, but the May holidays that have always meant the start of summer are less than two weeks away and everyone’s boats should be in good shape by then. and, certainly, anglers should have at least one line wet.
That said, some notable catches have been made recently by Mark James, whose brief early morning outing at Challenger Bank tagged a 71-pound yellowfin and a 68-pound wahoo in short order. A few days ago another came out of a commercial boat like a nice wahoo that was just under the 100 pound mark.
There are also increasing reports of schools of yellowfin tuna in the middle to light weight category, with estimates ranging from 50 to 70 pounds. Fish of this size are a nice challenge on lighter tackle classes, although there are very few people who deign to use them these days. In any case, they will realize on any material likely to be used at the present time. It will be a few more weeks before the unlimited stuff comes out.
There are stories circulating in print and electronic media about a huge great white shark that is found off the coast of New Jersey. Well, surprise, surprise, isn’t that where sharks are supposed to live?
In any case, what sets this apart is that there is a website dedicated to serious research called Ocearch.org. This program involves placing tracking devices for turtles, sharks, swordfish and other large species of marine life. Researchers can then use the data to track movements, migrations, and more. creatures.
Use of the tracker on the website allows the general public to know where and if any of the tagged specimens are within a particular area of interest. So when the press notices that a dreaded, monster-sized deep dweller is near a popular beach, they make hay while the sun is shining. Understandably, the website ignores the hundreds of other sharks and creatures that haven’t had the luxury of having an electronic tag attached to them.
Over time, great white sharks and even blue sharks have crossed the ocean near the island, with local anglers and anglers never noticing anything different offshore. It seems that the best indicators are the patterns of fish movements that have emerged over years or even decades. This is what most commercial anglers and even casual anglers rely on. Nothing is guaranteed, but playing odds based on previous experience is usually a pretty good bet.
Following this conventional wisdom, the trolling action should be at about its spring peak by now. By early June, it will have given way to chumming as the most productive activity. Until then, there are often quick moves to make from schools of wahoo arriving in the area, often focusing their moves on Bermuda’s Edge. These fish tend to be smaller, usually between 15 and 25 pounds. In the heyday of tourism, boats doing half-day charters often caught three or four on each trip, making them success stories.
But, as an aside to this action, the presence of these schools of fish often came with a threat in the form of mako sharks. Although very few of these apex predators have ever been captured, many partial wahoo have been brought to the boat with their bodies literally torn apart by the ferocious attack. For starters, rigs meant for wahoo are less likely to attract a mako’s attention whereas a hooked wahoo was exactly what the shark wanted. With the time ripe for the rapid increase in wahoo activity, anglers should also be reminded that it is now illegal to catch mako sharks. The trick is to get the wahoo in quickly before it gets lost by a shark. Perhaps this is where the use of heavier equipment comes in.
Despite a bit of bad weather over the past week, although the winds weren’t quite there, the forecast for this weekend is actually encouraging for anglers. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While the once-postponed BFCAT tournament would normally be scheduled for this Sunday, it has been overshadowed by the Bermuda Sailing Grand Prix event and it seems many of those who usually take to the water to chase fish are also interested in sailboat races and will sacrifice the old ones to enjoy this weekend spectacle. In this case, the fish will have to wait another week before they have the chance to provide the Tight Lines!!!