What's Biting And When?
The official fishing season, as advertised by the Department of Tourism, is May through November. However, Playmate will fish all year long, weather permitting. Bermuda is in the path of the migrating pattern for large schools of Tuna and Wahoo. Some of the best fishing can be found in the off season months.
March to May: Our season usually heats up in late March through April, with Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo being the main targets. During May, the really large Yellowfin, up to 100lbs., appear and we fish with light stand-up tackle while "chumming" or chunking. The Wahoo are still plentiful and will invade our chum lines while we fish for the Tuna. The Blue and White Marlin start to appear now, as they are feeding on the Tuna.
June, July and August: "Prime time" Blue Marlin fishing, with good White Marlin, Tuna and Wahoo action as well. Fish around the full moon for the best Marlin bites. Other species that please now are Almaco Jacks, the Great Amberjack, Rainbow Runners, Great Barracuda, Mahi Mahi dolphin fish and Sharks of several species.
September, October and November: Lots of Wahoo now for the fall run as we move into our live baiting season. We use 1 to 2lb Bonito and troll these at 2 to 5 knots with 30 to 50lb tackle. There are lots of multiple hookups that also include Yellowfin Tuna, Billfish and a host of other predators waiting to steal the bait.
December to March: Our season slows down a little. The Billfish have moved on, the Wahoo and Tuna will still please, but the weather is usually unpredictable. However, we get some really super days right in the middle of fronts moving across the island.
Call us at the start of your vacation so that we can advise you which days look the best to book a trip on the Playmate.