We are very lucky here in Islamorada to have this fantastic fishery, and they are here all year long! Although, we generally don’t fish as often for these guys during the winter due to a little choppier weather, but when the winds slow down it is possible if the timing is right! The majority of this fishing is done during the day, which has been proven to yield the most bites and largest fish! So come on down and check out what Islamorada Swordfishing is all about! It is absolutely Amazing!
Swordfishing is full contact fishing!
You are in a full harness, attached to the rod in the stand up position! No chairs here! This is man against the “Prince of Darkness” (Swordfish’s Nickname) in a stand-up, straight up battle! These fish can take you deep or stay on top, and the second you get cocky, they will show you why the are nicknamed the “Prince of Darkness”. They will Sound on you so fast that you will pray to get line back on the reel! It is an amazing sight to see! Some anglers choose to fight them the entire time with the electric reel, as a lot of anglers choose not to reel in a mile of line, so either way we have you covered. It is entirely up to the angler how he or she chooses to battle these incredible animals. For those that are attempting to complete one of the prestigious “slams”, we are prepared for breakaway leads with traditional conventional tackle as well. Just let your Captain know ahead of time, and he will make sure you have what you need.
A lot of the fish we catch are on electric reels, so if you are not interested in cranking from 1600′ of water, then that’s no problem. Some people still like to fight the fish on stand up tackle, while a lot like to “hit the button”. Some prefer to do a little of both, while letting the electric reel bring up the lead, which is till 150′ away from the hook and let us remove it, then go into stand up battle mode. A lot of the larger fish we catch will swim the lead up to the surface allowing us to remove the lead and quite possibly even get a shot at them with the harpoon. Most will swim up to the surface, make a jump or 2, then sound back to 400′ to 800′ and then the battle begins. They can also stay down and dirty the entire time, and then go crazy at the surface. Just about anything you can imagine can happen with these incredible fish. These fish are extremely unpredictable, and basically will do whatever they want unless they get in harpoon range by accident. There is no fish alive that has the attitude of the mighty swordfish, and the kill is the ultimate thrill!