The night fishing for swordfish has been very good. We had the Miami Swordfish Tournament a week or so ago, and we ended up in third place. This is the second time in two years that we got third in this tournament and we also got third place in the Islamorada Swordfish Tournament a month ago. I will gladly take third place in any tournament, especially considering your are fishing against some quality teams. With that said though, we are striving and going to work even harder for first place next year. Besides the Miami Tournament, we have had a few swordfish charters since then and have caught swordfish on all our trips. We had one memorable trip in which we caught three swordfish by 11:00pm. We tagged and released on and kept one 150 pounder and another one at 180 pounds. The bite on the 180 pounder was wickedly cool as we baited that fish in the light of the HydroGlow. It was cool to watch this decent size sword eat a bait right out of my hand. When I say eat, I should say inhale, because there was no playing here. This fish charged the bait and ate it and then hauled butt real quick. The speed of these fish still amazes me. We had quite a bit of drag on this fish, and it still took close to an hour to boat it. It was no doubt, a lot of fun.
Winter season is approaching, so book your sailfish trips early. Also if you are interested in fishing any of the sailfish tournaments, give me a call as I have a few openings for those.
Capt. Dean Panos