Argus & Challenger Banks
One of the most popular areas for deep sea fishing in Bermuda is the Argus and Challenger Banks.
The island of Bermuda was formed by natural corals, built on top of a non-active volcano. The Argus and Challenger Banks are continuations of these volcanic peaks, located off the southwest end of the island. They rise up, rapidly, from the bottom of the ocean floor. The change in depths is dramatic, coming from over 600 fathoms to approximately 30 fathoms of water in a matter of a few hundred feet.
Each 'Bank' has a large area of water that remains at around the 30 fathom depth, creating a flat plateau, and this creates a haven for all types of fish. Small bait fish are abundant in these areas, taking advantage of the nutrients that arise from the ocean depths. Larger fish tend to follow the edges of the Banks in search of all this bait activity.
How the Banks are fished when you arrive depends on the weather conditions. Strong tides can sometimes spoil bottom fishing, making trolling the preference. Trolling is done by following the edges of the Banks with the help of a depth sounder and fish finder. Slack tides can allow anchoring up, or drift fishing, right on the edge of the Banks. This type of fishing allows a popular local method of fish enticing, called 'chumming' or 'chunking.' A 'Chum Line' is bait and anchovies, cut up and continuously fed into the water to drift out with the tides. If Wahoo and Tuna are around, they will come in so close that you feel you can almost pick out the fish you want. Fishing this way gives you an opportunity to actually watch a Wahoo change colour with excitement, just before it strikes out at the bait.
Winds and tides permitting, another creative way to fish is by flying a kite, using flying fish bait rigged to a kite. The 'Kite Rig' takes a line off the back of the boat and the bait is rigged in such a manner that its fins are set out in a flying position. The line is then set to make an action of popping in and out of the water. Large Tuna find it hard to resist and strike the bait with great boil of white water...then the fun is on!
Fly fishing is gaining popularity in salt water fishing. Not many Captains or anglers are willing to put in the time to tease a fish into range for Fly Presentation. Captain Kevin is willing to guide anglers to Blue Water Fly Fishing. Customers should be prepared to supply their own flies, rods and necessary equipment.