Swordfish are one of the fiercest fish in the sea. They are part of the Billfish family, like Marlin & Sailfish; however, swordfish are much stronger. Their dorsal fin is fixed and their bill is much larger than that of a Marlin or Sailfish.
Best time of year to go Swordfishing
Swordfishing is a year round fishery in Islamorada. The peak season is between summer and fall; however the temperate waters of the Gulfstream off of the Florida Straits harbors swordfish all year long. Swordfish average between 75 and 150 pounds, but they are commonly caught up to 300 pounds. Swordfish in some instances have reached 600 pounds!
Swordfishing off Islamorada - Day or Night
Swordfish can be caught day or night. During daylight hours swordfish linger near the bottom in 1500-1700 feet of water and feed mainly on squid and other bait fish. During the night, swordfish rise to the surface and pursue similar bait fish under the cover of darkness.
Do you have what it takes?
Swordfishing is not for everybody due to the lack of constant action; however, those of you who appreciate a real trophy will find swordfish to be one of the most rewarding catches in the sea. The easiest part of Swordfishing is getting the bite, and then you are locked into an epic battle that can last from 30 minutes to several hours. Once the fish reaches the boat, we must make a skilled harpoon or gaff shot to finish off these majestic beasts of the abyss. These fish are the real Gladiators of the sea, and they will test the will of anglers of all skill levels. Come find out if you have what it takes!