Swordfish are Snapping in South Florida this Summer
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
August 7, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
What a great month for this swordfish we're having this month on our Fort Lauderdale swordfishing trips. Summer is generally a flat calm time of year, which makes it perfect conditions to head offshore and go deep dropping for swordfish. During the daytime hours, swordfish go deep, almost all the way down to the bottom in 1400 ft of water. It used to be thought that they went that deep to go dormant and rest for the daylight hours, when they would rise to the top water column and hunt their prey. Since then, it has been determined that swordfish do go deep during the daytime but they actively feed while down at those depths as well, sometimes even more aggressively.
This revelation has developed an entirely new technique of fishing to target swordfish. We go out to the same territory that we fish for swords at night. Instead of deploying several baits staggered at different depths on or near the surface, like we do at night, we deep drop during the day, dropping baits all the way down to 1400 ft on the bottom. If the fish are there, they usually don't allow the bait to sit very long without attacking it. You typically get your bite within the first 10 minutes of the drop when you deep drop, so there isn't a lot of waiting time. The time spent is dropping or reeling up the bait from that extreme depth, which can take a fair amount of time.
August and September are 2 great months for swordfishing in south Florida. The seas are usually very calm, which is the main limiting factor when going out on a swordfish trip. Also, the fish are biting, especially around the full and new moons. If you're interested in a Fort Lauderdale swordfish charter, big game trips like that are our specialty at New Lattitude Sportfishing. We love going swordfishing and catching the biggest, coolest fish in the ocean. Tight Lines,
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
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