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Successful Swordfishing Trip with Dolphin Too

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Nice catch of a swordfish and some dolphin at the dock in Ft Lauderdale

Successful daytime swordfishing trip in Fort Lauderdale with Fishing Headquarters

We went out on a daytime swordfishing trip today and had a great trip.  We started off trolling lures offshore in hopes of a marlin, sailfish or whatever else would bite.  We caught a tuna and a couple small-medium sized dolphin on the way out to fishing grounds.  Once we got out to swordfish territory, we set up our electric reels and did our first drop.  We use electric reels for daytime swordfishing because you need to drop the bait so deep to get it to where the swordfish are, 1100-1500ft down.  We are one of the only boats that has an electric reel which also has a hand crank, so you can use the electric reel function to get the bait back when you don’t get a bite or hand fight the fish if you hook up to one.

Swordfish on the deck

Swordfish laying on the deck of the boat, just after being caught.

BAMMO, as soon as the bait hit the bottom, we hooked up.  We must’ve dropped the bait directly on his head.  The angler got into the chair and we fought the fish all the way to the surface.  It wasn’t the biggest swordfish in the world, but it was a nice keeper size one, probably a 75 pounder.  We gaffed the fish and threw him in the boat.  Any swordfishing trip where you successfully capture a swordfish is a good trip.  Well, there’s only one thing better than a swordfish in the boat and that’s to have 2 swordfish in the boat!  We dropped again a few more times but never got another hit on a swordfish.  Time was running down, so we put our lures back out and began trolling home.

good daytime swordfishing catch of dolphin and swordfish

A nice swordfish and a rack of dolphin at the dock at the end of the day.

There were some nice weedlines formed offshore, so we trolled along them for a while.  We hit a couple more good size dolphin trolling and then finally hit our really big bull dolphin making the day and putting icing on the cake.  The biggest dolphin was over 25 pounds and was a solid, really nice bull.  The dolphin fishing offshore this time of year is phenomenal and if you’re out there with enough time to try it, there are some swordfish biting too.  You can catch anything this time of year when fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale.  This is one of the best months of the year to come out on a fishing trip.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Great swordfishing trip today in Fort Lauderdale

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Nice swordfish, dolphin and wahoo

Nice swordfish, dolphin and wahoo caught offshore of Fort Lauderdale

We had an awesome swordfishing trip today in Fort Lauderdale.  We went out daytime swordfishing on a charter and got one!  We started off trolling offshore and hit a couple nice mahi-mahi right off the bat.  As we were getting them close to the boat, an estimated 400 pound mako shark came up and ate both of them off the line.  We tried throwing a shark bait out to the mako, but it didn’t work.  We weren’t fast enough I guess.  We got out there to swordfish ground and started doing our drops.  The first drop nothing and the second drop we hooked up to this nice swordfish.  We caught him and threw him in the box.  We kept swordfishing for a few more drops with no more luck.  Glad we got the first one, it made the day.

Mahi-mahi dolphin caught offshore Ft Lauderdale

Nice mahi-mahi caught trolling offshore of Fort Lauderdale

On the way home, we trolled and caught a couple more mahi-mahi (one real nice one and one smaller one) and a nice wahoo.  A great day of fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale.  There have been some nice swordfish biting off our coast, it was great to catch this one.  We don’t get to go swordfishing as often as we’d like, so this is a very special fish for us to catch.  The guys went home with a lot of good eating fish fillets from this trip.  We’re getting into our best time of year for swordfishing and fishing in general.  Fort Lauderdale really shines the next couple of months fishing wise.  This is a great time to come out and book a trip.  Let’s go fishing!

Capt Rod with a swordfish

Nice swordfish caught deep dropping offshore of Fort Lauderdale

Daytime Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale OFF THE CHAIN!

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300 pound swordfish

300 pound swordfish caught on daytime swordfishing charter

There are some monster fish biting offshore of Fort Lauderdale this week.  Our daytime swordfish trip caught an almost 300 pound swordfish deep dropping in 1400 ft of water about 15 miles offshore.  I’ve been getting fishing reports from some captains that I know were that the swordfish bite is getting hot. So with a group that wanted to catch a monster billfish, we went offshore and did some daytime swordfish dropping.  The trip started off slow for us.  We made about 6 drops without a bite and we were starting to get discouraged.  On the radio, we heard a lot of other swordfish boats getting hookups and catching some decent sized ones.  The seventh drop was our lucky number.  We must have dropped it right on his head because we came tight on the fish as soon as we hit the bottom.  This swordfish fought like a beast.  Over an hour and a half long fight to catch this fish, but oh what a nice one.  We estimated the fish at weighing about 300 pounds.  We’ll be eating this for a long time!  Several other boats caught nice swordfish out there on the same day, but I’m sure our’s was the biggest.  There are a lot of swordfish moving through our waters this time of year.

Thresher shark at night

Monster thresher shark caught at night- the glowing spot in the pic is his eye. His eye is the size of a softball.

There are some monster exotic sharks biting out there.  This week, 3 big eye thresher sharks were caught on our charters.  Thresher sharks are very rare sharks and big eye thresher sharks are even more rare.  Not many people can say they have caught a big eye thresher shark.  This is a great photo of one caught on a night shark fishing trip.  The glowing spot in the photo is the thresher shark’s huge eye.  It’s the size of a softball.  The video below is and awesome clip of us releasing a big thresher next to the boat, filmed just a couple days ago.  There are some monster fish biting off Fort Lauderdale.

thresher shark fishing

Nice thresher shark caught and released aboard the Big Game