If you are looking to hook into a fish that will give you a fight of a lifetime, then the swordfish is the one for you. They are also fabulous table fairs as well. There are two common ways to target these spectacular game fish. The most common and more traditional way is by drift fishing at night, or you can try the new daytime dropping for them. Both of the types offer great opportunities and are quite outstanding in their own aspects.
Nighttime fishing allows you to fish several rods at the same time. So, in turn, you can hook up more than one fish at a time. It is not uncommon to be doing battle with several fish at the same time. The most commonly used baits are squid, as well as a variety of live baits ranging from blue runners to small dolphins.
The Baits are spread out using floats, with the baits suspended below the floats at different depths. Typically, each bait has a light attached to it to help attract the swords. It is not uncommon to get up to ten bites throughout the night. Sharks are also great to catch for night-time swordfish trips.
In the last few years, daytime fishing for swordfish has been the hot ticket. I guess it is due to the thrill of seeing one of these spectacular sea creatures all lit up during the day. It is quite a sight to see a sword jump once they are hooked up and fighting near the surface. The big advantage to daytime fishing is you don’t typically wait long for a bite, and the average size of the fish is typically larger.
You also have a chance to catch tuna and dolphins while traveling to and from the swordfish grounds. The disadvantages to daytime fishing are you can only fish one rod at a time, and you are typically fishing in waters 1200 to 2000 ft. Therefore, it takes a while to reel these monsters up from those depths, but well worth it.
The beauty of swordfish is that they can be caught a year in opens in a new windowSouth Florida, with the best months being in the early fall. So don’t hesitate to get out and try your luck with these great fighting billfish.
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