Daytime Swordfish Fishing
Capt. Steve Souther
February 23, 2018
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Our most recent daytime Swordfish fishing trip was a HUGE success! The word from the Swordfish grounds had been great for the last week or so. And it just so happened we have a trip booked just for that!
Daytiming for Swordfish is highly specialized fishing. You'll be between 1500 and 2000' of water with a bait on or near the bottom. We use an electric reel for this. The main reason is… No one wants to wind up all that line and weight if you don't get a bite and have to reset.
Our guests are local and it turns out the money they paid for their trip with was some lucky money won at the local Casino, compliments of the Indians. So we loaded up early and were off to the grounds.
Our boat make this trip in about 90 minutes from the dock. We did see a few things that looked promising on the way out but nothing panned out and our first drop got us a near instabite! The rod bent, the drag stalled and we were on!
This fish was a small one but still legal and it seemed like the bite was still good as we boated the fish without the use of a gaff. 50" lower jaw fork length and into the box he goes! A quick run in the boat to get back to our previous position and the second drop of the day was on its way down.
This time it took a bit longer to get a bite. We are tight again. This time it took 40 minutes before seeing this fish. He jumped about 150 yards from the boat and then again maybe 200' from the boat.
This fish was bigger with a 57"LJF and we used the dart and then the gaff to boat him. It's only 11:30 and we have 2 in the box!
All good things must come to an end. We again positioned ourselves in front of the fish and did get 2 more bites. But both came off around 800' out. This was the story on the radio as well, bites but not staying hooked. None the less, our group was extremely happy with their bounty.
Daytime Swordfish fishing isn't exciting when you're doing it, not till you get that bite… Wait, that's ALL fishing. LOL It's the excitement of that coming bite that keeps us coming back.
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