The night bite for swords has definitely picked up as well. We did well on our trip at night and caught a fish over 300 pounds and another one around 250 pounds. We also had free swimmers in the light and fish that followed baits back to the boat while we were reeling them in. For the past two years the night bite has been slow, but this night reminded me of how good and how much fun it can be. The great news is that quite a few other boats have been catching a fish or two at night as well. I truly think that we are going to have a great year for nighttime swordfishing.
The trips we had fishing on the edge have been rewarding as well. Most were half day trips and although we didn�t catch any sailfish we did catch plenty of kingfish and bonitos. The dolphin fishing offshore has still remained slow, but our very last trip we caught a dozen or so schoolies on the way back from the sword grounds, so hopefully the mahis are making there way into our waters.
These next few months are the best months for swordfishing both day and night. My calendar has filled up considerably but I do have a few days open. If you really want a full dose of swordfishing, you can try our combo trip which starts at noon and ends at midnight. We target swords in the day and at night so you get to see both techniques as they are radically different. It is a real sense of accomplishment for me if I can get a customer to catch one in the day and another at night using two different methods.
As a final note, there is a daytime swordfish tournament this upcoming Saturday (9/19).It is called the Burnt Out Sunburned Swordfish Tournament. It is not very expensive and I would love to fish it. If anyone is interested, please give me a call and we will have a great time and possibly win some money as well.
Capt. Dean Panos