Swordfish Sport Fishing
Islamorada Fishing Charters Florida
Capt. Rick Killgore
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This swordfish I estimated at 100 lbs. and it weighed 98 lbs. at the dock. The bigger swordfish had to be "cord out" (cut the head and tail off, then gut it) so it would fit in Jim's fish box. So we feel pretty good about the other estimate of the bigger swordfish.
Two swordfish flags flying from the rigger is a great half night of fishing.
SWORDFISH SPORT FISHING:
ISLAMORADA FISHING CHARTERS FLORIDA KEYS
sport fishing here in the
big swordfish hit first. It burned off 200 yards of line, then
sounded a little. I fought it up to the surface and 30 yards away (we could
see the L.P. light just under the surface) in about 30 minutes. Then it took
off another 150 - 200 yards, dragging the light just under the surface for the
first 50 yards before sounding. It stayed down till the end of the fight.
this big swordfish while standing up, I paced myself
by applying constant pressure on the Braid kidney harness and fighting belt. I
had not caught a big billfish on standup tackle since charter fishing in Costa
Rica 15 years ago, which was a 200 lbs. Pacific blue marlin.
can assist you on the finesse of using stand-up tackle on big fish with my
extensive experience as an angler and as a captain/ mate on charter boats.
While charter fishing, I have landed 112
I fought the swordfish up, the closer it got to the boat the more stubborn it
got. It really dogged it, made short little runs this way and that way. We had
to really maneuver the boat to stay in position to the swordfish. It covered a
lot of ocean.
was a little worried about how I would do, but it was no sweat! I fought the
big fish for
hours, and never got fatigued. Once I got
the braid harness on, of coarse it was quite a bit easier. But I fought it for
about the first 15 minutes with out it. After the first 200 yard run, I just
held on to the rod as we chased it down to recover line. If it was a small
fish, no need to get all geared up, but as it started to bare down after we
got over it I got my kidney harness on.
it came up, we were ready! I had brought my flying gaff, and my friend Jim Mulcahy
had his 2 straight gaffs (we were fishing his open fisherman out of
a swordfish! It was big, for a swordfish down in
second swordfish hit about an hour later. I fought it for 30 minutes. This
swordfish again made two nice runs: one about 200 yards, the second about 100
yards. We got on the swordfish quickly after the second run. As it came up to
the surface it waved its broadbill out of water. What
sight in the "full moon!" We backed down to the swordfish
and gaffed it, right away. It was a respectable swordfish, about 100lbs.
swordfish trips will be a full day of fishing starting at
. We will fish for dolphin, wahoo,
black fin tuna and blue marlin as we make our way out to the swordfish grounds
offshore. As we are trolling we could also catch a sailfish, white marlin or
yellow fin tuna. We will fish till about an hour before sunset. Then we’ll
get the baits out for swordfish and fish for half the night getting back at
. Not many charter boats are consistently
fishing for swordfish here in Islamorada. It might be because the grounds are
30 miles offshore and most boats here are 18 mph boats. In contrast, my boat
is +30 mph boat, with powerful head lights for running at night. We’ll get
there in half the time.
trips will be primarily in the summer, starting in July and ending in October.
This has been the best fishing in