Swordfishing

Daytime Swordfishing Trips

$1150 for a 10 hour offshore Daytime Swordfishing Charter

Until recently, swordfish were always considered a species that only bites at night.  During the daytime, swordfish live way down on the ocean bottom, in over 1000 feet deep.  At night, they rise to within a few hundred feet of the surface in search of food.  A new method of fishing, called Daytime Swordfish Dropping is a method of fishing for swordfish during the daylight hours, and has been hugely successful since its inception.

Daytime Swordfish Dropping is a technique that involves dropping rigged or live baits to the bottom using a 10 pound break-away lead.  This heavy lead is necessary to take the baited rig all the way down the nearly 1,100 feet to the ocean bottom.  When the bait touches down, a forceful yank of the line causes the 10 pound lead to break away, leaving only the bait down near the ocean bottom.  A 2 pound lead is attached to the line near the bait, allowing us to drift with the baits set for approximately 20 minutes per drop.

When you hook into a swordfish using the technique, get ready for the biggest fight of your whole life.  Not only is there already 1,000+ feet of line already out there, swordfish take massive runs and use their massive size to battle you to the bitter end.  They call swordfish the ‘gladiator of the sea’ and if you’ve ever fought one on rod and reel, you know why.  A fight from the bottom with a big swordfish can last over an hour and the fight is always intense.  The captain and mate are there to aid in the fight by maneuvering the boat, guiding the fighting chair and to give moral and technical support.  Fishing is a team sport and it takes everyone working together to land one of these monster game fish.

On our daytime Swordfishing trips, we have to travel 15 miles offshore, deep into the Gulfstream current.  Rather than running full speed out to the fishing grounds as we do on our night Swordfishing trips, we troll our way offshore.  The waters we troll through on the way out to swordfish grounds are prime territory for mahi-mahi, wahoo and tuna.  You also have the outside chance of hooking into another one of the world’s most sought after gamefish, blue marlin.  You have to get very lucky to hook into a blue marlin, but it is a distinct possibility.  When we reach our destination, we clear all the trolling baits and target swordfish using the dropping method.  We always fish a couple surface baits while dropping as well, just in case a hungry sailfish, mahi-mahi or blue marlin swims up on us.  You never know what could happen out there, anything could bite.  After our Swordfish Dropping, we reset the trolling lures and troll the distance back to Fort Lauderdale inlet, hopefully adding to our catch with some more mahi-mahi, tuna or wahoo.  This is a great trip for big game enthusiasts and when it all comes together can be the best fishing trip of your entire life.

Night Swordfishing Trip

$1250 for an 8 hour night Swordfishing charter

Swordfish have always been considered nocturnal feeders and until recently have only been fished for at night.  We have since then, developed methods of catching them during the day which involve dropping extremely deep to where they lay during the daylight hours.  Night Swordfishing is a totally different technique.  On this trip, we depart the docks just before sundown, usually at around 6pm.  On our night Swordfishing trips, we blast offshore, running full speed instead of fishing on the way out.  Trolling is not as effective without daylight, so on this trip we blast offshore to spend the entire trip fishing for swordfish.

Fishing for swordfish at night is a special technique.  We use large rigged squids or live blue runners for bait.  Each rig is fitted with a strobe light approximately 12 feet from the bait, which flashes intermittently and attracts swordfish from a long ways off.  Each bait is set at a specific depth using a lead to hold the bait down, and a balloon to keep it set at that exact depth.  We stagger the baits at different depths, from 50’ to 300’ down, so that we are fishing all the possible water columns.  This is a highly effective technique for catching swordfish.  While daytime Swordfishing is sometimes better for bigger swordfish, night fishing for swords is the best way to catch multiple swordfish.

The reason for the price difference between the day and the night Swordfishing trips is because on the day trips we can troll out to fishing grounds, through some excellent mahi-mahi territory I might add.  On the night trip, we blast offshore at full speed, since trolling is less effective at night than in the day.  The increased charter price is necessary because significantly more fuel is burned on our night trips than on our day trips.  Whichever trip you choose, you can’t go wrong fishing for swordfish in Fort Lauderdale.