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August Swordfish Report 2015

The swordfishing in August has been both red hot a couple days and slow a couple days, but I still consider August a great month to fish for swordfish. A couple weeks ago we fished one day and managed some nice mahi up to 25 lbs, but we never had a swordfish bite that day.

8/5/15 bull mahi

8/5/15 bull mahi

However, the very next day we missed a sword early in the day, but didn’t give up and in the afternoon we hooked the one we were looking for! We had Mike from California out and were using the electrics to try to put his first swordfish in the boat. At 2:15 pm we hooked a big sword, and the fish came to the surface and made some jumps on the windon leader within 30 minutes. When we saw the big fish I knew he was 300 plus pounds. We didn’t get a shot with the harpoon and the fish went down 500′.

8/6/15 harpoon swordfish

8/6/15 harpoon swordfish

Mike worked the reel and an hour later we had the big fish on the windon again and a few minutes later Charlie hit the fish with the harpoon. A few seconds later we had the gaffs in the fish and it was over for him. We pulled the big fish through the door and it had a short measurement of 89” and a girth of 50”. The big fish weighed in a 335 lbs back at the dock! What a swordfish to catch as your first one!

8/6/15 335 lb broadbill

8/6/15 335 lb broadbill

8:6:15 weigh swordfish

8:6:15 weigh swordfish

 

8:6:15 335 swordfish

8:6:15 335 swordfish

I fished Ken a couple days later who was out celebrating his 75th birthday. We had one bite all day but luckily made the most of it, and Ken got himself a keeper sword for his birthday. We also caught a handful of schoolie mahi on the way out.

75th birthday sword

 

The next day I had Jorge and his friends out. We had cancelled our trip the week prior because I lost a water pump on one of the motors on the way out, but they say everything happens for a reason. The bite was on fire this day! And we went 4 for 4 on broadibll swordfish! We tagged and released 3 of them and kept 1 for dinner. I like to think things happen for a reason and maybe losing the water pump the week prior gave us good juju for this trip!

8:9:15 tagged swordfish

8:9:15 tagged swordfish

 

8:9:15 broadbill swordfish bnm

8:9:15 broadbill swordfish bnm

8:9:15 broadbill

8:9:15 broadbill

 

8:9:15 release swordfish

8:9:15 release swordfish

My next trip was a fun trip with my Dad, Vic and my buddy John. We did a combination of electric and handcrank this day and had bites on both rods. We hooked 5 swords throughout the day and had 4 on the leader. We caught 2 of them and lost two others on the leader. We kept one around 160 lbs and tagged and released one about 50 lbs. One of the fish we lost was around 100 lbs, and we had him 15′ away. Many people would consider it a “catch” , but since I was planning on keeping the fish and he got away I give the fish the victory. The other fish shook loose about 40′ away and looked about 50 lbs. The other fish got off down deep.

8/12/15 gaff swordfish

8/12/15 gaff swordfish

8/12/15 broadbill

8/12/15 broadbill

 

8/15/15 tag and release swordfish

8/15/15 tag and release swordfish

8/12/15 underwater broadbill swordfish

8/12/15 underwater broadbill swordfish

 

I fished one more trip after that on a private boat, but the weather was stormy and the bite shut down. We fished all day and finally hooked a swordfish at 4 pm, but unfortunately pulled the hook on what looked to be an 80 – 100 lb swordfish ab0ut 40′ away. It’s called fishing for a reason and there’s no guarantee, especially when you go SWORDFISHING! But the tough days really make you appreciate the good days, and there’s a huge difference between one and none on a trip! We’ll get them next time though.

I’ll start swordfishing charters again in Mid September, so send me an email to floridakeysswordfishing@gmail.com if you’d like to try your luck this fall with a broadbill swordfish!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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