Offshore, there still have not been a lot of dorado schools. You find a school here and there, but usually the schools are small in numbers. There have been some nice mahis caught in the 20 and 30 pound range as well.
The good news is that the daytime swordfishing has definitely picked up. This is the time of year that the weather is also more cooperative for daytime dropping for swords. In the past week, I have done three trips and we have caught swordfish on every one of the trips. Our largest fish this week was a whopping 370 pounds. We also had another fish in the 300 pound class as well as several others in the 100 to 250 range. If you want to see big fish, then is the type of trip you want. It is wild to set a bait to the bottom in 1600 to 2000 feet of water, get a bite, and bring the fish all the way to the surface. You really have no idea what you have. Most of the times it is a swordfish, but you really don�t know how big, it could also be a shark, an oilfish, a barrel fish, etc. You simply don�t know and that is what makes this trip so cool.
This month, the fishing for dolphin should get better and the day swordfishing should stay strong well into the fall. If the conditions are good on the edge, then there should still be plenty of tunas and a few sailfish around as well. This is also the time of year we hed across to the Bahamas. The bottom fishing there is great and if the yellowfin tunas are around, that can really get wild.
Capt. Dean Panos