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6/17/15 Steady swordfishing for mid June in Islamorada

I’ve done a number of trips since we caught the big sword back in early June. I’ve fished a total of 6 daytime swordfish trips the past two weeks, and managed fish on 5 of them. The trip we didn’t get a fish we wound up hooking a really nice broadbill. He was somewhere around 250 lbs, and he raced up from the bottom and came up jumping 800′ behind the boat. We had the fish on for 20 minutes, and within 40′ of the boat one time, but the fight was short lived as he started thrashing his head and threw the hook. Swordfish are good at getting unhooked, but that’s part of the game. The next trip though we had two bites early in the morning and caught both fish. The first was a small fish, around 35 lbs. We tagged and released him to fight another day. The next fish was better size, right close to 100 lbs. He put up a good fight, and we decided to keep him for dinner. We made 4 more long drifts/drops that day, but no more action. We did catch a few mahi on the way out that day too.

6/8/15/ tag and release broadbill

6/8/15/ tag and release broadbill

 

6/8/15 swordfish

6/8/15 swordfish

The next day I had the same group of people but we went to try a different area. The Catch 22 also fished this day, but he was a good ways further south and I couldn’t see him. The morning was very quite for me, with no action at all. We decided we’d make one more drift after lunch and go do something else after that. Sure enough the last drift paid off and we hooked up. The fish put up a great fight around the boat. For an 80 lb sword he gave us a run for a money before giving up. We kept that fish as well, and it was fresh swordfish steaks for everyone. We did a little deep dropping (bottom fishing) on the way home, but we couldn’t find a grouper, although we did manage the last blueline tilefish we could keep for the year. Capt. Scott on the Catch 22 made 4 drifts that day but reported no swordfish bites.

6/9/15 broadbill swordfish

6/9/15 broadbill swordfish

 

The next trip was a little sporty, but fortunately we were on the Catch 22. It’s definitely a lot more comfortable being on a 54′ blackwell than on the small boat when it’s blowing 18 – 20 knots. I had Leon and his son’s out again, as well as one of their kids. Last year we had slick calm weather, and wound up catching a box of mahi and two swords, but this was this year. We made 5 drops and had 2 bites from swords. The first fish we fought for 40 minutes. Leon’s grandson did a good job in the chair, but the fish acted foul hooked, and sure enough we pulled the hook after having the fish 60′ from the boat. We didn’t give up though, and a little bit later Steve caught a juvenile broadbill swordfish. We called it a day after that and headed for the barn. Any day you get a swordfish is a good day, so we were all happy.

6/11/15 swordfish catch 22

6/11/15 swordfish catch 22

The next trip I fished was on the Bn’M. It was a rough ride out, but once we made it out it wasn’t too bad. We caught a handful of mahi up to 15 lbs on the way out. Luck was on our side as we hooked up to a swordfish first drop. After a 30 minute battle we put a 110 lb swordfish in the boat. What was interesting about this fish was that it had another hook in his mouth! It was a big circle hook with a small piece of leader still attached. I’m not sure where it came from, but I would guess it was a long line hook.

6/15/15 daytime swordfish

6/15/15 daytime swordfish

6/15/15 broadbill bnm

6/15/15 broadbill bnm

 

broadbill circle hook

broadbill circle hook

My last trip, yesterday, was on the Catch 22 with Jeff, Tim, and their nephew Anthony. We did some deep dropping on the way out to try for a grouper, but we only managed a couple blackbelly rosefish. They are tasty little fish though. We decided to head out to the sword grounds after that. On the way we stopped on a few birds and sure enough there was a nice pack of mahi. We wound up catching 7 of them, including a nice bull and cow. After that swordfish was the mission. First drop we had something on. The rod just bent over and got heavy for a few minutes, but the fish got off. I believe it was a foul hooked sword, but the bait came up fine, so it’s tough to tell. Next drop we had a swordfish bite for sure. The fish hit the bait a couple times, but he never really tried to eat it. I believe it was a small fish, but a swordfish nonetheless. The next couple drops were quite. Finally around 3 pm we hooked up. Jeff worked the fish up and after a 20 minute battle we had a 40 lb swordfish at the boat. We pulled the fish in and took a few pics, and then tagged and released it.

6/16/15 mahi catch 22

6/16/15 mahi catch 22

6/16/15 catch 22 tagged swordfish

6/16/15 catch 22 tagged swordfish

 

We made another long drift after that, but no more bites. It was a successful swordfish trip as we get one, and I look forward to my next couple trips coming up this weekend. The late summer and Fall is prime time for swordfishing so send me an email to floridakeysswordfishing@gmail.com and we’ll see if we can set something up. We have both the Bn’M and the Catch 22 set up for swordfishing. Swordfishing isn’t for everyone, as you stare and literally watch the rod tip for the slightest bounce, but if you think it’s for you then give us a shout.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 

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