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10-4-13 October swordfishing trip in Islamorada

Well it was the first time I got out on a Swordfish Charter in a few weeks aboard the Bn’M II. I’d been on vacation for 2 weeks but was ready to get back out there and give it a go! October is one of our favorite months here in the Florida Keys to target broadbill. We left early in the morning and ran an hour and a half to the drop off. It was quite choppy in the morning, and we struggled with our break away concrete weight system, so we switched gears and went with non break away system with an 8 lb stick weight. The first few hours of the day were extremely quite. We didn’t have any bites. We fished a couple different areas, and then decided to try a different bait. Sometimes a bait change can make all the difference in the world, but then you have to ask yourself was it just that you hadn’t drifted over that fish yet? But I know the bait is very important some days. So we sent down a fresh bait and within a minute we had the “whack’ we were looking for. John worked the rod, since he is trying to scratch off broadbill swordfish from his royal slam list. He did everything I would have to entice the fish to eat the bait, besides just whacking it. After about 2 minutes of playing with the bait the rod started to “load”. The tip started aiming towards the water, but then up it came, too quickly though. The fish had pulled off after a quick second.

10-4-13 swordfishing

John was happy to have had a bite, as was I, but I knew too many days this year had been decided by 1 bite. Either that bite makes you a hero or a zero. With 1800′ of line out it’s not an easy task to get a good hook set into a swordfish, especially when dealing with a fast moving gulf stream. But we didn’t quit, we still had a few hours to keep trying.  A couple hours later we finally had another “whack”. The rod tipped bounced once, but that was it. The fish never came back. He may have just hit the swordfish light with his bill. We started our way towards home a little while later and came across a piece of bamboo. We kept 6 mahi for dinner and let a few smaller ones go. Hopefully we’ll get on some big swords in the upcoming weeks, just like last October produced. I have 5 trips coming up, but still plenty of other open dates, so send me an email if swordfishing is something you’re interested in.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

10-4-13 islamorada mahi

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