Besides the tunas, the edge is also still holding plenty of sailfish. Although we are not seeing double digit days, we have been catching between 2 to 5 sailfish on almost every trip. The sails and the tunas have been making up the majority of the action along with some bonitas. The kingfish though have not been as abundant as they should be this time of year. Some kings are being caught and the ones that are being caught are good size fish from 20 to 40 pounds, but we are still missing the numbers of kings we usually see in the spring.
Farther offshore there have been a few dolphin, but the big push hasn�t come yet. They are on their way and should show up very soon. Yesterday we did a combo sword/sailfish trip and started the day with the swordfish portion. We hooked a swordfish on the first drop but the fish came off about halfway up. The second drop we hooked a very impressive fish. Once we got tight, the swordfish fought very hard on the bottom and we had a hard time inching here off the bottom. Once we worked her off the bottom, she start flying to the surface and every couple of hundred feet she would stop, dig back down and then reverse directions and come up fast again. With almost 700 feet of line still out, this magnificent beast jumped. Nobody could believe the size of the fish and one of the customers actually though that a whale had breached. We got her closer and got her all the way to the windon leader when she really aired it out and jumped 100 feet from the boat. It was just two months ago that we caught a sword that was between 550 and 600 pounds and this fish easily had a 100 more pounds on her. Unfortunately after her tremendous jumps and thrashing on the surface like a blue marlin, she came off with about half of the wind on in the reel. I say unfortunately because we did not get a measurement on her to get her true size, but we were very fortunate to see a swordfish that big, in the day, jumping in a flat calm sea. It was a sight that nobody on board will ever forget. The size of her bill, the girth of her body and the enormous size of her tail, I would estimate the fish at 650 pounds plus. What a sight! The second part of the trip went equally as well as we released two sailfish and caught 5 blackfin tunas.
Spring is here and now is the time to take advantage of the great tuna bite that is going on both here and in the Bahamas. If you got tuna fever, give me a call and let�s get it done. Also from now throughout the summer is time to enjoy great weather and great daytime swordfish action. If you prefer, we can also target the broadbills in the evening as well. For those that want to get away for a few days, the Bahamas trips are just the ticket. Enjoy a bit if time in the islands and enjoy some great fishing as well. Whatever type of fishing you like, give me a call and let�s set it up!
Capt. Dean Panos