Fort Lauderdale Swordfish Fishing
How fortunate we are to have such an awesome fishery right here in our back yard. Catching Swordfish from the 40 pound to the 400-pound class with the occasional 500+ pounder right here in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale coastal waters. Swordfish are caught just offshore in 1000 to 1400 feet of water. They are caught best from dusk until dawn as they are nocturnal feeders.
In rare a event you will hook a Swordfish during the mid-day hours while live baiting for other species. Most fisherman use live Tinker Mackerel or live Blue Runners as well as dead squid. You can fish up to 7 lines but that can get tricky. The safest number to fish is 5 lines. Staggering your baits from deepest to shallowest at 300 feet, 250 feet, 200 feet, 100 feet and on the surface.
Tough to say which bait gets hit the most because some nights the shallow baits get tore up and other nights the deep lines get hit. In targeting Swordfish it is best to use an 8/0 reel with matching rod class. Anything less and the possibility to lose a nice one on light gear. We fish all 8/0 with 80lb main line. Your leaders can vary from lightest 200lb to heavier 300lb. Hook selection should match your bait. Not too big or too small. Usually an 8/0 hook to a 9/0 and your safe. Of course all tackle can be purchased in any Fort Lauderdale fishing shop. We use LMR here in Ft. Lauderdale as they are always stocked up with the best gear.
In choosing your lights you should give yourself a selection for example, blue, green, white, yellow and red. Any combo works and we believe the fish are attracted to the light not necessarily the color but then again who really knows? Now that you're all set and fishing make sure your drags are not set too heavy. These Swordfish have soft skin and mouths. You can find sometimes a hard spot but they do have soft skin/bones for the most part. Once you have hooked your fish off Fort Lauderdale or Miami have gaffs and your tape measure out and ready. The legal limit is 47 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail. Get your fish on ice and enjoy your fresh swordy meal. Don’t forget you must have a highly migratory species permit to keep Swordfish.
If interested in a Fort Lauderdale or Miami swordfishing charter we leave the dock at 4:30 pm and fish till 1 am.
Please contact either Tom Zsak or Rick Brady of the “Happy Day Today” at (954) 309-7457 good luck and tight lines.
Captain Tom Zsak