Daytime Swordfishing South Florida
Daytime swordfishing in South Florida is my favorite because we troll our way out and than back for Mahi Mahis, Wahoos, Tunas and maybe even a Blue Marlin.
Once we get out to the sword fishing grounds (15 to 20 miles off shore) we rig a squid or a bonito to a long leader about 120 to 150 feet long. We also clip on a blinking light about 10 to 15 feet away from the bait.
Than we connect a 15-pound lead to the line and start our long drop to the bottom (1200 to 1700 feet down). Once we hit bottom we will reel the bait up 75 to 100 Ft.
Now here’s the funny part, when we get the bite 9 out of 10 times you’ll just see the rod twitch just a little or the line will go slack. What’s happening is the fish is swimming up because of the 15-pound lead pulling down. So at this point it’s a race with the electric reel to gain all the line as quick as you can before the fish starts pulling line out. Once the lead gets to the boat we un-clip it, and this is the true beginning of the tug-a-war game. Now we’ve got to some how get this sea monster close enough to throw a harpoon into him. But wait the fight is still not done. So once we have connected the fish to the harpoon we have a polleyball connected to the dart, so if the fish does decide to take off again the polleyball causes such drag that it tires the fish out quickly.
This kind of fishing is one heck of an adrenaline rush when it all comes together.