Daytime Swordfishing is a whole new experience compared to catching swordfish at night! Swordfishing itself is considered by one of the Florida Keys’ most prolific and famous fisherman as “the supreme test of an angler” (Zane Grey). The beauty of catching swords in daylight (other than the more convenient hours for most vacationers) is being able to fully see them in all their colorful, fighting glory. As with all billfish, the battle is awe-inspiring to witness. It’s even more exhilarating to be on the victorious end of the rod!
Another difference of daytime swordfishing is the strategy and duration of the fight. Whereas at night the fish come to the surface to feed, during the day, they hang low at depths up to 2000 feet. For an angler who is under-equipped or inexperienced at catching swords in daylight, it would be a near-impossible feat to keep the bait where you need it in 4 knots of Gulf Stream current. Then there’s the challenge of keeping the swordfish hooked against the resistance of the line in that depth of water. Or even noticing the action on the 3000 foot line and being able to determine when a swordfish is hooked…and if it’s still hooked! That’s where Capt. Brian’s 20 years worth of day swordfishing skill, proven methods, and tested gear come into play.
The best part is that you don’t have to hand crank the fish all the way up from those depths – the electric reel will take care of most of that. But you still get the awesome challenge of fighting the swordfish for an hour, often 2 to 3 hours or more! Catching a sword on a daytime swordfishing charter will be one of your most memorable angling adventures without a doubt. And the incredible photos you’ll get to commemorate the experience will speak for themselves!