I have also done some daytime swordfishing. We have had a lot of bites each trip, but have not been able to keep them on for long. A good friend of mine asked me to run his boat one day last week and we did catch a nice sword in the 200 pound range (210 pounds at the marina scale). I also did hear of some massive swords caught at night. A friend of mine Cliff and his crew caught a 480 pound sword last weekend during a sword tournament. Congrats to them and especially for catching a sword that big during a tourney. I also heard of another fish in the 400 pound class caught a few days later. If you have never been swordfishing or havenít gone in a while, I think the upcoming week we are going to see a few big fish again. Nothing can really beat going swordfishing at night in calm seas, lots of stars, with good friends while being TIGHT on a big sword!
The rising cost of gas has definitely started to affect the charter boat industry. Luckily I have stayed busy, but even my bookings in July and August are down. Some boats have chosen to increase there charter fees due to the rising gas. I have kept my fees the same and will hopefully be able to keep the rates the same for a while. I have plenty of dates open these next two weeks and if you like to catch dolphin, this is the time to book a trip. Also if swordfish, either day or night, is a fish you want to scratch off your list, give me a call and letís set it up!
Capt. Dean Panos